Appeals Court: California Dispensaries Immune to Bans, Must Grow Their Own



"California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case," the Los Angeles Times reports March 1. "The decision conflicted with other appellate court rulings on medical marijuana, and attorneys in the case said they expected the California Supreme Court would agree to hear an appeal."

In a follow-up article: "'If you are going to (challenge) a dispensary ban ... right now might be the time to strike,' said Joe Elford, chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access, which seeks to protect the rights of medical marijuana patients."