San Diego jumps on the bandwagon with restrictions aimed at marijuana dispensaries

San Diego County is the latest municipality to attempt to enact rules governing the operation of marijuana dispensaries, the Mercury News reported.

As our Southern California marijuana dispensary attorneys continue to report on our Marijuana Lawyers Blog, these legal businesses continue to come under fire by local government. We currently represent 13 Los Angeles marijuana dispensaries, as well as other dispensaries in Southern California. If you own a marijuana dispensary that is being targeted by a local ordinance, we urge you to contact us for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

Last week, the San Diego County board of supervisors ruled that dispensaries must be located at least 1,000 feet from homes, schools, playgrounds and churches — leaving 16 available cites for operation. The dispensaries also must be licensed — at a cost of up to $20,000 each — undergo inspections, hire security and keep precise records of transactions.

The supervisors sued to overturn California’s 1996 law, which permits marijuana use for medical reasons. The county lost and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. Our California medical marijuana lawyers are adamant that state law permits these businesses to operate. Having lost in its bid to have the law overturned, San Diego has apparently joined a growing number of municipalities that somehow believe they can simply pass legislation so restrictive that it forces dispensaries out of business.

We believe the only defense is an aggressive offense. Our attorneys are not only fighting to ensure the rights of these businesses and their patients are protected, we are seeking economic damages in cases where a legitimate business is forced to close.

The CANNABIS LAW GROUP is a law firm dedicated to the rights of medical marijuana patients, collectives and growers and has built a reputation for high-powered, aggressive legal representation of the medical marijuana industry in Southern California. Call 714-937-2050 for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.