Whether local governments like Sacramento County 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.
In 2011, Sacramento County enacted a practical ban on marijuana dispensaries by banning any business that violates state or federal law.
A year prior, Elk Grove adopted an ordinance banning marijuana dispensaries within that city's limits.
“It’s just one of those things that I think makes Elk Grove a better place and really controls it,” Elk Grove City Council Member Jim Cooper said in 2010 about the lack of dispensaries in the city.