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State Supreme Court Hearing On Pot Dispensaries Could Affect Pinole, Hercules

The communities are two of many cities whose dispensary ban on medical marijuana facilities will be affected by the ruling.

Whether cities such as Hercules and Pinole 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 dispensaries.

Pinole and Hercules are two of 21 East Bay cities that have some sort of prohibition in place.

In 2007, Pinole adopted an ordinance allowing pot clubs but only if they were legal under state and federal law, a move that in essence banned the facilities.

Hercules adopted its prohibition five years ago.

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

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

Benicia in Solano County also has a prohibition on marijuana facilities.

Summer Hemphill February 05, 2013 at 02:15 PM
See my comments regarding this issue in the Newark Patch !
Fran Anderson February 05, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Why leave so many of us seniors and critically-ill patients at the mercy of poisonous pharma drug peddlers?
None February 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Fran: Have you ever considered the quality control that goes into the product you buy from a major “Big Pharma drug peddler? Now, what oversight goes into the product sold at the local “Medical Pot Store?” Where was it grown, harvested and by whom, transported by whom and how was it processed and by whom and exactly what are you buying? Is the Food and Drug Administration involved at any time during the production and sale of the product? Just a thought.
David F February 13, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Remember Shirley Hemphill from What's Happenning?

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