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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Court rules that local governments may ban dispensaries

Local governments can restrict or ban medical marijuana facilities, a Josephine County Circuit Court judge concluded in a ruling issued late Thursday.

The ruling centered on the southern Oregon community of Cave Junction, where the city council sued the state over medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that cities shouldn’t be required to license businesses that violate federal law. Marijuana is prohibited under federal law.

The case raised two key legal issues: Does state law prohibit local governments from banning dispensaries and, if so, does the federal prohibition on marijuana override that state law?

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