Oakland Joins S.F. in Battle to Preserve Medical Marijuana Laws

Oakland isn't letting San Francisco fight for medical marijuana alone. The East Bay city announced it would join other California cities in the pivotal fight to defend the rights of local governments and their ability to regulate pot clubs.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, on behalf of the City of Oakland, joined an amicus brief that asks the state Supreme Court to reverse the lower court's decision in Pack v. City of Long Beach, which threatens medical dispensaries everywhere.

As we reported earlier, the brief argues that local governments can legally regulate and permit medical pot clubs, and that those regulations are not preempted by federal law.

“What's at stake in this case is much more than just Long Beach's

ordinance. If the court prohibits local medical cannabis regulations, it

will effectively cut the heart out of the 1996 Compassionate Use Act,” Parker states.

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