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Can Elk Grove Ban Pot Dispensaries? State Court May Decide

Elk Grove is one of many cities whose dispensary ban on medical marijuana facilities will be affected by the ruling.

Whether cities such as Elk Grove can ban medical marijuana dispensaries will be the topic of a high-stakes court hearing.

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether communities can prohibit these marijuana facilities in light of the 1996 voter-approved law legalizing pot for medicinal uses in California.

As detailed in a San Jose Mercury News story, the hearing stems from a Southern California case where a wellness center sued to overturn Riverside's ban on marijuana dispensaries.

In 2010, Elk Grove adopted an ordinance banning marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.

“It’s just one of those things that I think makes Elk Grove a better place and really controls it,” Elk Grove City Council Member Jim Cooper said in 2010 about the lack of dispensaries in the city.

A year later, Sacramento County took a similar action, banning any business that violates state or federal law.

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Think Free February 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Does not really matter to me, don't do the dummy stuff and could care less how easy it is to get a marijuana prescription but what I do not get is The people vote FOR something, then the government refuses to allow what the people vote for to happen!

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