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.