Appellate Court Voids Long Beach Marijuana Dispensary Law
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Appellate Court Voids Long Beach Marijuana Dispensary Law

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Appellate Court rules the city authorized distribution of pot is in violation of federal law. The decision could force Los Angeles to rewrite its medical marijuana ordinance.rn

In a decision that could upend the way California cities regulate medical marijuana, a state Court of Appeal has ruled that Long Beach’s ordinance regulating dispensaries violates federal law. The city held a lottery, issued permits to the winners and charged fees, which the three-judge panel said put it in the position of authorizing the distribution of marijuana in direct conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act, which makes the possession and sale of the drug illegal. Marijuana use remains illegal under California law except for medical purposes.

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