Washington State Attorney General Defends Voter-Enacted Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Supreme Court this week agreed with an Attorney General’s Office “friend of the court” brief that local jurisdictions have the right to regulate or ban collective gardens.

The office filed an amicus curiae brief in Cannabis Action Coalition v. City of Kent, where a medical marijuana advocacy group challenged the city’s ban on collective gardens.

On Thursday, the high court ruled in agreement with the Attorney General’s argument.

The plaintiffs argued that while the state medical marijuana law preserves local authority to regulate collective gardens, it does not allow for complete bans, and only applies to commercial activities. The court rejected these arguments.

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