Rancho Cucamonga, CA – May 6 2013: Today the California Supreme Court ruled, by a 7-0 vote, that local governments have the right to ban pot stores; a major blow to the drug legalization movement in the state.
We have waited a very long time for this day. Coalition for a Drug Free California has fought this fight for the last 7-years working with over 200 California cities which have banned pot stores. Those bans were challenged in the California Supreme Court, and today we learned that the Justices agree with us. We are thankful for the good work of Jeff Dunn of the BB&K Law Firm, and the countless others who argued for the rights of local governments and our children. Today is the beginning of the end for the out of control marijuana movement in our state. We expect cities to take swift action in shutting down these illicit drug dealing operations. ” said Dr. Paul Chabot, President of the Coalition for a Drug Free California www.drugfreecalifornia.org
“While some counties and cities might consider themselves well suited to accommodating medical marijuana dispensaries, conditions in other communities might lead to the reasonable decision that such facilities within their borders, even if carefully sited, well managed, and closely monitored, would present unacceptable local risks and burdens,” Justice Marvin R. Baxter wrote for the court.
“Facilities that dispense medical marijuana may pose a danger of increased crime, congestion, blight, and drug abuse, and the extent of this danger may vary widely from community to community,” the court said.
Dr. Lynn Fox of PowerfulParenting.com said, “The banning is good because it is a major line of protection to prevent availability and use by our children.”
Alexandra Datig, Board-member of Coalition for a Drug Free California stated, “Control of dispensaries should be in the hands of the people, not marijuana profiteers.”