In 2016, California became the first state to fully legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
The state’s laws now allow patients to use the drug for medical and other purposes.
A medical cannabis dispensary in San Francisco’s Mission District, known as MMJ, opened in February.
In September, the state passed the first law in the nation allowing dispensaries to open in residential neighborhoods.
In 2018, the first dispensary opened in Oakland.
But it’s not the only place in the Bay Area that has legalized cannabis.
A group of people living in the San Francisco area, known collectively as the Patients and Caregivers Association, is challenging the state’s ban on cannabis dispensaries.
It has filed suit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the state Department of Public Health over the prohibition.
“The fact that California has legalized medicinal marijuana is a victory for our patients,” said the group’s executive director, Kristina Linder, in a statement.
“We will continue to fight for patients to access a compassionate and safe form of treatment that protects their health and the well-being of their loved ones.”
In the lawsuit, the PCA and its affiliated group of patients and caregivers say the restrictions are not only unconstitutional, but they are also hurting the patients and their families.
The lawsuit alleges that California’s medical cannabis laws are unconstitutional because they fail to recognize that patients can have multiple cannabis-related conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, PTSD and multiple sclerosis.
The plaintiffs are also calling on the state to repeal the prohibition on dispensaries in residential areas.
“It’s unfortunate that the Legislature is trying to restrict access to cannabis, when patients and families need it most,” Linder said in a press release.
“California’s medical marijuana laws are a step in the right direction.
But we must continue to demand that the state repeal these harmful laws, including the prohibition of medical cannabis dispensaries.”
The lawsuit comes just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld California’s voter-approved Proposition 64, which legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21.
A separate lawsuit filed by the PPA and other patients and advocates on behalf of patients is scheduled to be heard in California’s Superior Court in December.
The law’s supporters say it is constitutional and the PACA is merely following the law and is not seeking to overturn the law.
However, the case has a twist.
It’s suing the state for violating its constitutional right to free speech.
California Attorney Generals office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The case has raised questions about the independence of the California attorney general’s office, and what could happen to a case that has the potential to affect a statewide law.
In addition, the suit has been filed on behalf by an unnamed patient who has PTSD and other conditions, and an unnamed California citizen who is not a patient.
The PCA is also asking for an injunction against the law, which has been used by other states to ban medical cannabis.
“I am very disappointed that the Attorney General’s office is seeking to ban a legal form of medical marijuana in California,” Linders said.
“While the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights have been protected by the law as it exists now, the California Attorney’s Office is attempting to rewrite that law through the use the power of the attorney general to punish Californians who are using cannabis for legitimate medical purposes.”