Medical Marijuana Local Ordinance

Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite... more +
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite state laws to the contrary, Federal law still prohibits the use or possession of marijuana. The conflict between state and federal law on this issue has created interesting enforcement issues and significant legal hurdles for medical marijuana providers.  less -
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Counties and Special Districts Prohibited from Enacting Substantially Similar Ordinance Subsequent to a Referendum Petition

California Appellate Court Addresses Prohibition in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance Referendum Opinion - In County of Kern v. T.C.E.F., Inc., et al., a California Court of Appeal determined that, upon receipt of a...more

Governor Brown Signs Bill Giving Local Entities More Time to Ban or Regulate Medical Marijuana

History. Shortly after the Compassionate Use Act (CUA) became law in 1996 by California voter initiative, the Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMPA) (Health & S C §§11362.7–11362.83) was enacted by the legislature to clarify...more

Deadline Removed for Local Government Regulation of Medical Marijuana Cultivation in California

The provision of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act that created a March 1 deadline for any local regulations of medical marijuana cultivation was removed last week with Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of AB 21. The...more

Can a City or County Make It a Crime to Cultivate or Use Medical Marijuana?

Since the legalization of medical marijuana in California 20 years ago, some cities and counties have found ways to keep it out. Are their land use powers still powerful enough to do it?...more

Marijuana Regulations Growing Like Weeds in California

Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, cities have differed widely in their response to medical marijuana dispensaries. Recently, Newport Beach joined Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa...more

2015 Elections — Roundup of Employment-Related Ballot Initiatives

Local governments or voters often pass statutes or ordinances on employment-related subjects that require employers to ensure that their policies are compliant not just on a state-by-state basis, but even on a city-by-city or...more

State Law Preemption of Local Land Use Regulations and the Supreme Court's Recent Decision Upholding Citywide Ban on Medical...

The recent spate of court cases dealing with local regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries ("MMDs") offers an interesting illustration of the interplay between federal, state and local laws that regulate the same subject...more

California Cities and Counties Can Allow, Restrict, Limit or Exclude Facilities that Distribute Medical Marijuana

The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously on May 6 in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center that cities and counties have the right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their...more

The California Supreme Court Confirms The Power Of Local Governments To Regulate Medical Marijuana.

Few issues have sparked so much debate in so many local governments then how to regulate the medical marijuana industry. Proponents have filed numerous challenges to various attempts by cities and counties, but now the legal,...more

California Cities And Counties Can “Just Say No” To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The California Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a local ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, holding that the ban was not preempted by state statutes governing medical marijuana. The decision does not come as a...more

California Supreme Court Recognizes Local Authority in Medical Marijuana Case - Decision Likely to Have Far-Reaching Impacts on...

In an unanimous opinion, the California Supreme Court has upheld local laws that regulate or prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries....more

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