Riverside County Bans Medical Marijuana Centers
September 26, 2006
Medical marijuana supporters are slamming Riverside County supervisors for their decision yesterday to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county.
The board rejected a proposal to license four regional dispensaries after top law enforcement officials said the centers could be easy targets for robberies.
But medical marijuana proponent Nathan Archer says the county decision pushes medicinal pot users into the street and subjects them to arrest ''for trying not to suffer.''
The decision comes nearly ten months after the county issued photo identification cards to comply with a 1996 state law shielding medicinal users from federal prosecution.
Riverside now joins San Diego and San Bernardino counties in a lawsuit that aims to overturn the state law requiring counties to issue the cards.