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Will Lake Forest Pot Shop Ban Go Up in Smoke?

State Supreme Court begins hearing case to decide whether cities and counties can outlaw medical marijuana outlets.

Will the city's crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries go up in smoke?

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in a case that will decide if such bans are legal.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, about 200 towns and counties have enacted pot-shop restrictions and some legal analysts expect the court to uphold the measures.

In Orange County, Lake Forest has waged an expensive battle against pot dispensaries using zoning laws and federal agents. Dana Point and Costa Mesa have also cracked down.

Lower courts have issued contradictory rulings on these enforcement efforts, setting the stage for the Supreme Court showdown in the case of City of Riverside vs. Inland Empire Patients Health & Wellness Center.

To watch live video of Tuesday's hearing, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., click here.

JustUs February 05, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Imagine of the State Supreme Court sides with the pot dispensaries and once and for all rules that pot dispensaries are legal? Lake Forest has spent what? $2M fighting these dispensaries? wow. Talk about mud on the face. Would this mean that Lake Forest would also have to pay for the dispensaries legal fees? wow. God only knows how much that would be. IF this is decided in favor of the dispensaries maybe it's time for the City of Lake Forest to fire the current City Attorney and appoint another one like Anaheim has done. First LF had the illegal day laborer thing. How much was spent on that? Aren't day laborers still there? Then there were the pot dispensaries. Then there was the sex offender park ban that was rescinded and made the City look foolish. At some point one a reasonable person has to start wondering whether the City has competent legal counsel? These are potentially big dollar cases. Instead of jumping into these legal fires head first why not maintain a safe distance and let other cities rush in with reckless abandon and let them spend their money to fight this stuff and watch their outcomes? Isn't that a more reasonable approach? Bizarre.
Muzzy Lu February 06, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Medical marijuana should be available to all counties and cities in California! Marijuana works very well for pain management. Unless someone has tried cannabis for pain, they should not venture the opinion that it doesn't work for medical purposes. Pain management with cannabis requires the right dosage. Using marijuana edibles is the right way to maintain pain reduction. This book has great recipes for edible marijuana that are easy, small and cheap to make: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. Only 2.99. Learn to make marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.
JustUs February 06, 2013 at 02:01 AM
No, Muzzy. You don't get it. They know it has medical value. The medical literature proves that. The reason it remains illegal and a Class One narcotic (without medical value) is because there's much more money in it for them as an illegal substance than as a legal substance. It's that easy. Let's no complicate it.

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