Cities May Close Down Pot Shops, SoCal Federal Judge Rules

A bid by four medical marijuana patients to prevent a pair of Orange County cities from closing down medical pot shops was denied by a federal judge in Santa Ana Monday, according to the Orange County Register.

The foursome had argued that the Americans with Disabilities Act protected their rights as disabled people to use medical marijuana in states where it's legal. In turn, the plaintiffs argued, the cities of Costa Mesa and Lake Forest did not have the authority to overrun the act. If successful, the call for a temporary injunction against the cities could have hindered attempts by places such as Los Angeles to close down pot shops.

The judge wasn't having it: ""At this stage, the court agrees with defendants," Judge Andrew Guilford stated. "Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, and under that Act, it currently has no medical purpose."

Plaintiffs stated they might appeal to the Ninth Circuit court.

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