Supreme Court To Decide Long Beach Marijuana Question

As cannabis clubs take presctiption… and hold on tight in the Bay Area  the City awaits word on if the Top Court will uphold a ruling that may alter the relationship between medical cannabis shops and cities.

A court ruling in Long Beach stated the Los Angeles city had authority to limit where medical cannabis shops setup, but could not issue permits or legal permission. That decision might have state-wide implications, and that’s why L.B. is suppressing new permits, stated Jack Song, deputy press secretary for City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

“We actually want to see exactly what the Top Court decides,” Song stated. “It provides much more of a definition and guidance to cities coping with medical-marijuana shops.”

A minimum of 11 prospective medical marijuana shops have been in various stages from the enabling process using the City, stated Stephanie Tucker, a speaker for that Bay Area Medical Cannabis Taskforce. Between 26 and 29 shops happen to be allowed within the City, she stated.

“The concept of holding back on certification licensed facilities when they’re prepared to be approved is detrimental and never within the welfare of cannabis patients, not to mention the higher community,” stated Kris Hermes, a spokesperson for Berkeley-based People in america for Safe Access.

The controversy falls inside the context of the bigger debate – the threat of the federal attack on cannabis clubs.

In October, U.S. lawyers in California introduced they’d try to shut lower shops, that they stated were operating in breach of federal law. Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for Northern Calfornia, stated at that time she’d focus her enforcement efforts on pot clubs near schools or parks.

Although The City has stated it will not problem new permits for the moment, the threat by federal prosecutors to hack lower on pot clubs hasn’t discouraged some farmers from seeking a store.

“It’s clearly a hard business

decision,” stated Joram Altman, who signifies the La-based dispensary Sunset Organics, which really wants to open another location on Mission Street. “It’s a gamble.”