Judge Sides with Cambridge, Mass., in Latest Ruling in Lawsuit Over City’s Cannabis Ordinance

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A judge has sided with Cambridge, Mass., in the latest ruling in a lawsuit over the city’s cannabis ordinance, which bars existing medical cannabis operators from receiving adult-use cannabis licenses for two years in order to prioritize social equity applicants, according to a Cambridge Day report.

Revolutionary Clinics, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Cambridge, sued the city over the two-year licensing delay, and a judge sided with the company in January, ruling that Cambridge could not delay existing medical cannabis retailers from entering the adult-use market.

An appeals court then ruled in April that the city’s existing law was fair, Cambridge Day reported, which prompted Revolutionary Clinics to take its case back to the original judge in August. This time, the judge agreed with the appeals court decision, according to the news outlet.

Most recently, Revolutionary Clinics brought its case back to court with a mid-case order called an interlocutory decision, which was dismissed Oct. 8, Cambridge Day reported.

Associate Justice Diana Maldonado wrote in her ruling that she found “no abuse of discretion or error of law in the judge’s decision,” according to the news outlet, and that the previous judge’s motion was “thorough and thoughtful.”

Cambridge’s head start for social equity applicants expires Sept. 23, 2021, Cambridge Day reported, and no adult-use cannabis dispensaries are currently open in the city.

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