Calif. High Court Rules Cities Can Ban Pot Dispensaries

May 07, 2013

Forum with Michael Krasny, KQED

In a unanimous decision, the California high court has ruled that local governments have the power to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

The decision upholds bans in about 200 California cities. But in a state with a robust pot economy, lawmakers still debate if and how to regulate the drug. We'll discuss the ruling and what this means for the marijuana market, its dispensaries and its consumers.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access
  • Jeffrey Dunn, Partner, Best Best and Kreiger LLP who represented the City of Riverside in this case
  • Peter Hecht, reporter for the Sacramento Bee and author of the forthcoming book "Weed Land"
  • Scott McGregor, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California during the George W. Bush administration.

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