California Supreme Court Rules Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

On May 5, 2013, the California Supreme Court put to rest a controversy raging around the scope of the Compassionate Use Act, Cal. Health & Saf. Code § 11362.5 (the “CUA”), and the Medical Marijuana Program Act, Cal. Health & Saf. Code § 11362.7 et seq. (the “MMP”). The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, in the case of City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients’ Health and Wellness Center, Inc., 2013 Cal. LEXIS 4003, held that local governments may ban medical marijuana dispensaries as they see fit.

The firm of JONES & MAYER, as counsel for the California States Sheriffs’ Association, the California Police Chiefs’ Association and the California Peace Officers’ Association filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the City of Riverside.