The State Supreme Court has determined that the city of Riverside is not prohibited by state medical marijuana laws to ban dispensaries.

The court issued their opinion today in the case Riverside versus Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, claiming that the Compassionate Use Act and Medical Marijuana Program legislation does not pre-empt the city's authority to ban dispensaries through zoning.

Attorneys representing the city and the dispensary made their oral arguments before the court on Feb. 5.

Attorneys representing the dispensary claimed the city does not have the authority to outright ban dispensaries, but officials in the city of Riverside and numerous other cities throughout the state claim otherwise.