Superior Court Judge says Riverside, CA can't ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
A judge overturned a Riverside, California injunction to shut down a medical marijuana dispensary in the city, saying that current law makes local government closures of the clinics unconstitutional.
The decision by Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Vineyard on Wednesday, Aug, 22, affects only The Closet Patient Care dispensary on Elizabeth Street in Riverside.
The city called the ruling “mind-boggling” and promised to appeal.
James De Aguilera was the man who filed the original court action for the clinic, and he said Vineyard’s ruling sets a precedent for other dispensaries in the city that also face an injunction to close them.
Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos said there are about a dozen clinics in the city that are open and fighting injunctions to close and that the city has successfully shut down about three dozen.
“We believe the trial court decided wrongly and the Court of Appeal will see the issue differently,” Priamos said.
De Aguilera said Closet Patient Care is one of those that remained open while it fought the injunction since January.
Cities and counties all over California continue to struggle with medical marijuana regulations while the federal government bears down in a decimating series if threats and raids. What was once the bastion of cannabis freedom is being shaken to its very core.
Everyone who cares about this issue must speak up. The time for being silent has passed, as being silent is what allowed things to get to this point. Freedom is freedom, whether it’s about cannabis or marriage or anything else.
Doing anything is better than nothing. Even sharing this story on your social networks is speaking out. If you can influence even one other person, you have done something to stand with medical marijuana patients across the country.
The Stupidity of L.A.s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban
In this video The Young Turks discuss the recent medical cannabis dispensary ban in the city of Los Angeles and how…well, stupid it is. They also tie the city council’s decision into the larger drug war as a whole, and how depressing it is to see what seems like regression on an issue we thought we had won.
But patients and advocates will continue to fight. In fact, on Friday a medical marijuana trade group and 11 patients sued the city of Los Angeles, looking to block enforcement of an ordinance that would shut down most of the city's storefront pot dispensaries in three weeks.
The lawsuit, which says users are protected by California's 1996 legalization of medical marijuana and the U.S. Constitution, seeks an immediate injunction to keep Los Angeles officials from closing down dispensaries beginning on Sept. 6.
Meanwhile, advocates are canvassing the city gathering signatures to get a repeal of the ban on the ballot. A lot of energy that should be directed at helping patients now has to be spent defending the very right of people to have a choice in what medicine they take.
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