AirTalk for October 25, 2012

Pot wars: court decision recognizes the legal sale of medical marijuana

Los Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Reed Moran smells a variety of marijuana shown to him by President and CEO Sam Humeid (L) of the Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California

The California Fourth District Court overturned their 2010 conviction of San Diego medical marijuana provider Jovan Jackson, recognizing the right of nonprofit dispensaries to provide medical cannabis to those with prescriptions.

The decision coincides with the repeal of a ban on Los Angeles dispensaries, which began in July. Medical marijuana advocates acted quickly to collect enough signatures to put a repeal referendum on the March 2013 ballot, but L.A. Council members decided to repeal the bill themselves in a more recent vote.

The California Supreme Court may take up a medical marijuana case next year, but until then, medical cannabis will be available at California dispensaries. Should medical marijuana be legal? What kind of regulations should control California dispensaries?

Guest:

Frank Stoltze, KPCC reporter


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