San Diego Pot Zoning Rules Need Enviro Review, Justices Say

Law360 (August 20, 2019, 6:09 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court on Monday said a San Diego ordinance regulating medical cannabis shops is the type of government activity that counts as a “project” in need of review under the California Environmental Quality Act, though the ruling’s effect on the ordinance at issue wasn’t immediately clear.

In a unanimous opinion penned by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, the high court said not all zoning amendments count as “projects” under the CEQA, meaning their possible environmental impacts would have to be taken into consideration.

But the justices said the zoning change at issue in this case does constitute a project,...

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