Legalizing the use of marijuana to treat mesothemias has been a long-held goal for medical marijuana advocates, who have been campaigning to allow the drug to be legally used for decades.
The latest push came from the attorneys who are the owners of two prominent California dispensaries.
The owners of the El Paso dispensary and the Long Beach dispensary have filed a lawsuit against the city of Long Beach, alleging the city illegally denied their right to operate in violation of state law, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The lawsuit claims the city and city manager ignored repeated requests for information and made no attempt to provide the dispensaries with an appropriate zoning code.
El Paso attorney William Moseley said he and his partner have been working to legalize the use and distribution of marijuana for more than two decades.
“This is something we’ve been working on for a long time, for decades,” Mosely said.
“We’ve never made a decision on whether to do this.
We’ve been here, we’ve worked here for so long, that we’re a little bit comfortable that it’s time to make it happen.”
Mosey said he hopes to raise more than $100,000 to build a facility to test and test the safety of marijuana before allowing the medical use of the drug.
The dispensaries that filed their lawsuit also claimed the city has discriminated against them because of their religious beliefs.
“They’ve discriminated against us because we’re not Christian,” Mosing said.
The city has yet to comment on the lawsuit.