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State Supreme Court Hearing On Pot Clubs Could Affect Peninsula Cities

Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco are three of many cities whose dispensary ban on medical marijuana facilities will be affected by the ruling.

Whether cities such as San Bruno, Millbrae and South San Francisco 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.

Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco are among more than 10 Peninsula and South Bay cities that have some sort of prohibition in place.

South San Francisco's ban was approved in 2011, a reversal of city policy following years of incremental steps toward allowing pot clubs.

San Bruno also prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, just as a two-year moratorium on the establishments was set to expire.

Millbrae adopted an ordinance in 2010 that banned medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

Other Santa Clara and San Mateo cities with bans are East Palo Alto, Gilroy, Hollister, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.

There are 21 East Bay cities with bans and two on the Monterey Bay that prohibit medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in San Francisco. A decision is expected in the spring.

Angelica February 06, 2013 at 08:45 PM
I don't want medicinal marijuana in or around my neighborhood because I had to experience the druggies who have abuse marijuana by selling this to others in my neighborhood. Also, these druggies who abuse marijuana smoke their marijuana all day long and the smell travels next door neighbors home. The druggies like to smoke out with their shady friends. Hence they like to bring around their rift-raft shady people to our neighborhoods! We need to protect our neighborhoods from these type of people! Our children should not be exposed to the marijuana smoke while our kids are playing in their front or back yard!

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