Attorneys for several Fresno medical marijuana dispensaries have one last chance to persuade a judge not to shut the clubs down.
Fresno County Superior Court judge Alan Simpson is set to hear arguments Thursday against his tentative ruling that the dispensaries are violating local zoning rules.
Under a city ordinance, medical marijuana businesses can only operate if they comply with both state and federal law.
The dispensaries' attorneys argue the ordinance improperly undermined state law allowing medical marijuana. Because the U.S. government still outlaws all marijuana, they say compliance with the city's regulation is impossible.
But Simpson said in his tentative ruling that nothing in the state's medical marijuana laws appeared intended to pre-empt local zoning rules.
October 8, 2009
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