NORML.ORG – California: Judge Rules Against Los Angeles Dispensary Ban

Los Angeles, CA: A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring local officials from taking legal action against hundreds of medical cannabis facilities presently operating within the city.

The decision finds that the city’s six-month-old ordinance seeking to curtail the number of dispensaries operating in L.A. is unconstitutional. It states that the ordinance "violated the due-process rights of the dispensaries because it shut them down without a hearing, and the privacy rights of patients because it required dispensaries to make records on members available to the police," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Members of the Los Angeles City Council will most likely attempt to rewrite the ordinance in a manner that complies with the ruling, the L.A. Times reported.

Since the enactment of the L.A. ordinance in June, over 40 lawsuits had been filed challenging the constitutionality of the measure.

For more information, please visit California NORML at: http://www.canorml.org.

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