The new ordinance cut the number of dispensaries countywide roughly in half, limiting them to five, and was met with opposition in the form of a referendum effort that county Registrar of Voters Diane Fridley told the board Tuesday had enough signatures to go on the ballot.
"If we don't get a change in the IRS ruling, every legal, regulated distributor of cannabis in the United States is going to have to go out of business, and patients will be forced back into the hands of criminals"
–Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director, Harborside Health Center
A tentative opinion was issued recently by the State of California’s 4th District Court of Appeals in the case of City of Riverside vs. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center… and the Court’s opinion is not the least bit favorable toward Medicinal Cannabis Dispensaries (MCDs) statewide.
The Court has tentatively concluded that under existing state laws, cities and counties can ban collectives under their zoning ordinances.