Anaheim sued over marijuana clinic ban

Sept. 18, 2007 at 4:25 PM
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ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A medical marijuana group has filed a legal challenge to a ban on marijuana dispensaries in Anaheim, Calif.

Judge David Thompson of Orange County Superior Court temporarily barred Anaheim from enforcing its ordinance, The Orange County Register reported. Anaheim is one of several cities and towns in Orange County that banned dispensaries after the county began issuing ID cards to patients authorized to use medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana use in California was authorized by a 1996 referendum. The drug remains illegal under almost all circumstances under federal law.

Thompson has scheduled a hearing Sept. 28 to decide whether to order an injunction on enforcement of the Anaheim ordinance until the suit by the Qualified Patients Association is decided.

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