The California Supreme Court ruled Monday (May 6) that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a ruling likely to further diminish the state's once-extravagant network of storefront pot shops and fuel efforts to bring greater oversight to the quasi-legal industry.
In a unanimous opinion, the court held that California's medical marijuana laws - the nation's first and most liberal - neither prevent local governments from using their land-use powers to zone dispensaries out of existence nor grant authorized users convenient access to the drug.
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