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State Supreme Court Hearing On Pot Dispensaries Could Affect Livermore

Livermore is one of many cities whose dispensary ban on medical marijuana facilities will be affected by the ruling.

Whether cities such as Livermore can ban medical marijuana dispensaries will be the topic of a high-stakes court hearing.

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether communities can prohibit these marijuana facilities in light of the 1996 voter-approved law legalizing pot for medicinal uses in California.

As detailed in a San Jose Mercury News story, the hearing stems from a Southern California case where a wellness center sued to overturn Riverside's ban on marijuana dispenaries.

Livermore is one of 21 East Bay cities that have some sort of prohibition in place.

The other Alameda County cities with bans are Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Pleasanton and Union City.

The Contra Costa County cities with bans are Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Danville, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg and San Pablo.

Benicia in Solano County also has a prohibition on marijuana facilities.

Californicated1 February 05, 2013 at 04:08 PM
It should be up to the voters in those cities on whether or not they want those Cannibis Clubs and Pot Dispensaries in the first place. After Amendment 20 passed in Colorado back in 2000, the Larimer County city of Loveland (which is similar to Livermore in outlook, economy and beliefs) placed a ban on Pot Shops inside city limits through city council. The Pot Shop proponents undertook a two-pronged legal/political approach through legal action against the city and through a ballot initiative to the city's voters (Proposition 2C). 2C eventually wound up on the city's 2010 ballot and it failed by a landslide--the city's residents did not want to see Loveland turned into "Oaksterdam". As for the legal actions, the Pot Shop advocates lost their case, first in Larimer County Court in Fort Collins, then in the Colorado State Appellate Court, and then the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver, who decided that cities like Loveland had a right to determine what kind of businesses should be within city limits. Even with Amendment 64 passing in 2012, it is still illegal to operate a Pot Shop inside Loveland city limits. The residents who want their Marijuana either have to grow their own or they trek up to Fort Collins, where it is legal to run a Pot Shop in that town.
Sean February 05, 2013 at 04:28 PM
You don't need a "Pot Shop" in Colorado when you can grow your own. We (California) need to get rid of the prohibition of pot and use it as a way to add to our tax revenue. Legalization will not only increase tax revenue but will take money and profits from the Mexican Cartels . Some good articles from Rolling stone- http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-pot-problem-20121207
Rich Buckley February 05, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Legalize it, regulate it, tax it. The current system is corrupt at every level.
mike February 05, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Coming to a neighborhood near you, Cartels, grow houses with illegal wiring, product rip-offs, armed home invasions and of course a drug induced populace.
Julia February 05, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Rich... you are 100% spot on!
Sean February 05, 2013 at 05:20 PM
That's already here Mike.
mike February 05, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Rich-explain the corruption to me please! Amsterdam, as you know has legalized soft drugs in the city and they have had serious problems with criminal organizations taking advantage of the law and those organizations wrote the book on corruption.
mike February 05, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Yes Sean and they will then decrease with more pot clubs dispensing "medicine"?
Bill O'Riley February 05, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Maybe if there was a regulated system of distributing marijuana in livermore, accidents such as the one on silver oaks where the amature hash oil makers blew themselves up wouldn't happen because people would have a reliable place to purchase these products from regulated growers and distributors. If you look at the evidence from establishments such as harborside health center in Oakland, you will see that these shops can potentially create hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax revenue for the city of livermore while also cutting down on the illicit market. If you put the shop in the industrials off of las positas or Patterson pass, it would be out of the neighborhoods, away from schools and children, and cannabis would be legally available for qualifying adult consumers. Doesn't seem like such a bad thing to me.
Sean February 05, 2013 at 05:45 PM
The only reason there is a underground market Mike is that it is a controlled substance. Remember what happened with alcohol during prohibition? Same thing. Legalization wouldn't require pot clubs as people could grow their own so what would be the point of a Cartel growing? No point, and that's the point.
what?? February 05, 2013 at 06:58 PM
How many ppl DIE in alcohol related accidents every year? Ever herd of MADD? How many ppl in Livermore have dui cases? How many bars are in Livermore?? But alcohol is tottally legal. Even the kids out here can get alcohol, no problem. Parents are letting their kids have parties knowing there's gna be alcohol. Any problems out here regarding marijuana?? Anyone die? Enough sed.
here for change February 05, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I agree with what??. they have not found any negative side effects with marijuana, all it does is help those who need it, I also agree with bill O'Riley, I see no problem with having shops here, I think that there are too many people that are overly judgmental and hypocritical.
LL February 05, 2013 at 07:20 PM
As I see it; the more stoned a population gets, the less they will participate in their government "for the people, by the people" which then feeds into the belief that the population in being controlled. It's a win win for a governmental bureaucrat state. Everybody is regulated into doing the same thing and if anyone gets out of line just feed them more drugs to make them docile. It blows my mind that people are falling for the ultimate means of being controlled. We will be sheep, herded by government bureaucrats. It will be harder to resist the suppressors. Free people need to recognize the warning signs of a government controlled society. Alcohol and drugs end up being the start of a repressed society. Just a thought.
Shilo February 05, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Let me say right up front that I am against drugs. Even HATE it. But one car accident, 5 Procedures and several back surgeries later has left me in extreme pain for the last 3 years. My Dr put me on vicodin, oxygen, fentynl, dilauded...you name it. None of it helped my pain that much but they all screwed me up physically and mentally for a long time. I got my cannabis card a year ago and had to drive over an hour away. It helps my pain, anxiety, depression and actually helps relax my muscles enough to walk well without being addicted to opiates. I took the pills literally 75* more frequently than cannabis. The hard thing is getting out to a dispensary for me. I have a hard time walking or driving the distance to one. But my main point I want to make is that every club or dispensary I have been to is clean, safe and full of happy and helpful people. They have a passion for helping the sick. It feels more like a pharmacy than the hell holes most of you are thinking about. They are not guarded by gunmen as if they were selling coke or something. All the ones I have been to in northern California are not at all what I was expecting. I am a handicapped older woman and was very fearful at first but I feel safe going to them because of the professional, safe and
Scanner guy February 05, 2013 at 08:34 PM
As long as the alcohol companies keep pumping billions of $ into the government there will be resistance to legalize pot. It would be nice to see a beer commercial showing the drunken father beating his wife and kids then driving off to cause a horrific accident, instead of the everyone smiling, bikini wearing women, male models, just having a great time slamming down beer. I would rather see a pot club in town then all the bars, and adult book store on 1st street!!
Sean February 05, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I haven't seen any black helicopters dropping bags of weed into our neighborhoods, LL. Our founding fathers were big fans of beer and that didn't seem to stop them in their tasks. Man has been using "drugs " for millions of years and look how far we've come.
Roger V. Tranfaglia February 06, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Legalizing " pot" will NOT get rid of the cartels!!! "POT" is just a fraction of their revenue.
mike February 06, 2013 at 09:30 PM
A fraction of tens of billions of dollars is still a very large number!
Joe Granada May 04, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Are they doing anything meaningful to stop people from doing that? As many signs as I've seen for "hydroponic equipment" dealers, it sure doesn't seem like it.
C.J. February 22, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Hey everyone, Guess what... we have had a dispensary right in our own backyard(yes, in livermore) for the past 2 months... They opened and ya know what... NOTHING CHANGED!! well, one thing did, a few patients, that didnt know about the 10 delivery dispensaries in livermore, were able to get some relief. Shame on whoever says dispensaries should not be allowed in their town and then they go to Sauced and have a beer and a shot, or double barrel and have a few glasses of wine... Hypocrites! whats the difference? i'll tell ya... that beer, just did some serious damage to your liver, but you dont care.. you are probably gonna go home and take a sleeping pill anyway. Who cares about your internal organs? Anyway, my point is. There is already a physical dispensary in Livermore,(on isabel and e airway to be exact) and our town did not blow up. Nobody was robbed, DUI's did not go up, noone was shot, hurt, threatened, pushed or even yelled at. All your worries are for nothing. Go back to your bar and think of another fight to pick.

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