The state’s highest court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether local governments can ban retail pot dispensaries within their borders. About 200 cities and counties already have, but this will be the first time the California Supreme Court entertains the question.
A hardline stance by the federal government on medical marijuana dispensaries and the reluctance of landlords to rent out their space is being blamed for a delay in the opening of new dispensaries in Oakland.
A Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary forced to shut down by the federal government in May is reopening down the street.
10 of the 15 cities within Santa Clara County have signed a resolution urging the legislative bodies to step up in this regard.
Councilmembers have been debating how to best approach the estimated 120 dispensaries currently operating within city limits.
Authorities were trying to determine if a serires of break-ins and robberies at San Jose pot clubs and growers’ homes is the work of a local gang.
The San Jose City Council Monday voted in favor of implementing a 7 percent tax on medical marijuana facilities approved by a ballot measure voters passed last month.