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State Supreme Court Hearing On Pot Dispensaries Could Affect Benicia

Benicia is one of many cities whose dispensary ban on medical marijuana facilities will be affected by the ruling.

Whether cities such as Benicia can ban medical marijuana dispensaries will be the topic of a high-stakes court hearing.

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether communities can prohibit these marijuana facilities in light of the 1996 voter-approved law legalizing pot for medicinal uses in California.

As detailed in a San Jose Mercury News story, the hearing stems from a Southern California case where a wellness center sued to overturn Riverside's ban on marijuana dispenaries.

Benicia is one of 21 East Bay cities that have some sort of prohibition in place. It adopted its prohibition in 2011.

The Alameda County cities with bans are Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark and Pleasanton.

The Contra Costa County cities with bans are Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Danville, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg and San Pablo.

Summer Hemphill February 05, 2013 at 02:13 PM
See my comments regarding this issue in the Newark Patch !
Michelle Kye February 05, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Federal law supercedes state law and marijuana for any use is still illegal under federal law. Until the Supreme Court rules otherwise, I think Benicia ought to abide by the current federal laws (regardless of enforcement). I think medical marijuana will eventually become legal; however, I would not support medical marijuana dispensaries in Benicia. My concern is increased crime around the dispensaries.
Michelle Kye February 06, 2013 at 05:14 AM
If we can't prevent it, at least don't put the dispensary in the Southampton Shopping Center. I'm sure it would end up somewhere between the Goodwill and Dollar Store. Well, maybe they could afford the rent. Oh, and it would conveniently located next to the Cigarettes and More (or whatever it's called) just in case someone needs rolling papers. It could be called Cigarettes and More and More.
Summer Hemphill February 09, 2013 at 09:22 AM
Marijuana & more of it for everyone is just around the corner (or maybe just around your corner now) !!!

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