Disabled Californians Have No Right to Smoke Weed, Federal Court Rules
This isn't exactly surprising, seeing as how marijuana remains illegal under federal law despite having been legalized for medicinal purposes in more than 15 states. But yesterday,a three-judge panel with of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the cities of Costa Mesa and Lake Forest by several disabled Orange County residents, including Marla James, the wheelchair-bound president of the OC chapter of Americans For Safe Access.
The lawsuit was filed against the two cities, which have banned pot dispensaries and cracked down on cannabis clubs, byMatthew Pappas
,who also represents several Long Beach dispensaries that are locked in a battle with the city over its controversial medical marijuana ordinance
. It argued that the cities were violating theAmericans With Disabilities Act
(ADA) by denying them access to their medicine. However, the ruling essentially argued that ADA didn't protect the patients from using a drug that remains illegal under federal law.
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