Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Some MMJ dispensaries to reopen in Los Angeles

Posted By on Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Curious what it might have looked like should the city have decided to regulate local medical marijuana centers out of existence? In California, the city of Los Angeles earlier issued a strict ordinance in hopes of closing the majority of the roughly 430 dispensaries that called the area home.

Recently, a judge issued injunctions for portions of the ordinance and said that some of the closed centers would be allowed to reopen, reports the Associated Press.

Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr said the local law was unconstitutional on several grounds. He said the ban on new dispensaries hadn't been extended properly. He said the due process rights of operators of shuttered dispensaries were violated because they weren't provided a hearing to argue against the closure. The ordinance invades patients' privacy rights, he said, because police can access personal information without a warrant or subpoena.

He suggested in his ruling that the City Council could amend the ordinance to avoid further litigation.

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