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Marijuana: Zoned out in California

May 6, 2013
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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OK to "zone out" medical marijuana dispensaries, says California high court

Despite a statewide referendum, Proposition 215, through which California voters approved the use of medical marijuana obtained through "dispensaries," California's Supreme Court has just released a ruling that says the state's cities may use local zoning laws to, in effect, ban the presence of these dispensaries within city limits. The case in question involved the city of Riverside, though some 200 other California communities have developed similar restrictions, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The ruling can only come as a relief to addiction treatment professionals, including those among the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, who have expressed concerns for years about how broad access to medical marijuana might contribute to drug abuse and addiction treatment challenges statewide. So now the question, could the same type of ruling be in the making in Colorado and Washington?  Voters in those states approved "recreational" marijuana laws just last year.   

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