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State Appeals Court: LA County ban on medical marijuana dispensaries against state law

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A three judge panel at California's Second District Court of Appeals ruled Monday that L.A. County's blanket ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas is "preempted" by state law, which calls for the drug to be made available to those who need it for a legitimate medical purpose. 

While cities and counties have the ability to regulate and restrict marijuana dispensaries, they can't simply ban them outright, the justices ruled. 

Justice Robert Mallano wrote the unanimous decision for the court, which now throws the Los Angeles City Council's plan to consider a citywide dispensary ban on July 24 into question. 



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