May 5, 2013

Medical-marijuana-dispensaries, death penalty opinions filing tomorrow

The Supreme Court will file tomorrow opinions in two cases that were argued in February.

In City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center, Inc., the court will resolve issues concerning preemption, under federal or state law, of local ordinances regulating or banning the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries and related activities, and standing to challenge such ordinances.

People v. Williams is an automatic appeal from a December 1992 judgment of death.

Under the 90-day-from-argument rule, the opinions will be filed on the last possible day. [Predictable bad pun warning.] Yes, it’s high time the court issued its marijuana dispensaries opinion.

The opinions can be viewed online beginning at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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