The League of California Cities’ much-watched lawsuit against the state for permitting local deliveries saw an initial setback Thursday as Fresno Superior Court Judge Rosemary McGuire questioned whether some in the suit can bring legal action, as they lack local ordinances in that conflict with the state law.
- At the heart of the conflict, localities are claiming authority to ban non-MED businesses under 2016’s REC legalization. The Bureau of Cannabis Control points to the law’s business and professions code, which holds that local entities “shall not prevent delivery of cannabis or cannabis products on public roads” by licensed operators.
- The plaintiffs are Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Angels Camp, Arcadia, Atwater, Ceres, Clovis, Covina, Dixon and Downey. Also participating are McFarland, Newman, Oakdale, Palmdale, Patterson, Riverbank, San Pablo, Sonora, Tehachapi, Temecula, Tracy, Turlock and Vacaville as well as Riverside and Santa Cruz Counties.
- Don’t expect a resolution anytime soon.
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