The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that cities and counties have the right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their borders, despite the existence of a state law that protects patients who use the drug.
The court said the scope of the voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996, or Proposition 215, and a related 2003 state law is “limited and circumscribed” and does not prevent local governments from prohibiting marijuana dispensaries. Read More
A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the warrantless police search of a nonviolent protester’s cellphone in the Castro district last year.
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed the civil suit against The City and Police Chief Greg Suhr on behalf of homeless advocate Bob Offer-Westort, who was arrested Jan. 27, 2012, after setting up a tent in Jane Warner Plaza and refusing to leave. Read More
The California Supreme Court justices stepped down from their dais during a special visit to the University of San Francisco campus Tuesday to educate the public about their branch of government.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said the justices, who also heard oral arguments in three cases while at USF, are committed to informing California communities about their courts during their statewide tour. Read More
Taylor Swift has been very vocal lately about what sort of boy she wants to date, what a guy has to do to lose her interest and what all the love songs are about on her new album, “Red.”
If only she could transfer all that self-reflection into actually choosing a good guy, but, alas, it seems she is now dating the goofy-looking kid from One Direction, Harry Styles. Read More
An $11 million campaign contribution from an Arizona nonprofit that gave money to a group fighting the Proposition 30 tax initiative represents the largest case of campaign “money laundering” in state history, California’s political watchdog agency charged Monday. Read More
California’s Supreme Court has denied the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council’s request to review the eviction of its recycling center, essentially ending the 40-year-old organization’s fight to stay in its home near Kezar Stadium. Read More
Death row inmate Scott Peterson, who was sentenced to be executed for murdering his wife and unborn son 10 years ago, has asked the California Supreme Court in San Francisco to overturn his conviction.
Lawyers for Peterson, 39, of Modesto, filed the appeal Thursday in the first step in the lengthy death penalty appeals process in California.
If Peterson loses in the state high court, he can continue appeals in the federal court system. Read More
San Francisco's medical cannabis dispensary program resumed licensing and inspecting medical marijuana collectives, Department of Public Health officials announced Monday. The move comes after the agency said last week that the application process was suspended. Read More
Word of advice to the future shoppers of San Francisco: Bring your own bag — and not just for groceries. Under new proposed legislation, all bags from all retail operations in The City would cost an extra dime each, and 25 cents by mid-2014. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the legislation’s sponsor, wants all stores to fall in line with the existing ban on noncompostable plastic bags, currently applied only to big grocery stores and chain pharmacies. Read More
The California Supreme Court -- with two new members seated in the past year -- is set to hear arguments in San Francisco Tuesday on a key issue in the state's legal battle over same-sex marriage.The question before the panel is whether state law gives Proposition 8's sponsors the right to appeal a federal trial court ruling that found the voter-approved ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. Read More