Commercial Weed

An appeals court in Michigan ruled against applicants who were denied licenses to operate commercial marijuana establishments in Detroit and Traverse City, finding the Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s rules governing application requirements are valid and accomplish the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act’s provision that gives municipalities the power to opt-out or restrict such establishments.

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Camping Ordinance

In a dispute over a proposed ordinance regarding camping in public spaces, sitting and lying down on public sidewalks and aggressive solicitation of money, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Austin City Council must strike from the ballot language the word “anyone.” The court found the word would lead voters to believe the ordinance “criminalizes and penalizes a much wider swath of conduct than it actually does.”

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Tickets and Tirades

Two octogenarian residents of the Village of Melrose Park, Illinois, and their adult son say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the Chicago suburb’s mayor and other officials harassed and retaliated against them with tickets, surveillance and threats because of their lawn chairs, flags, political signs and decorations. The mayor called the son a “jag off,” a “piece of shit,” and a “hillbilly,” during a recorded public meeting and also used a racial slur during the tirade.

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Campaign Advertising

The Ninth Circuit dismissed a ballot measure committee’s appeal of a lower court’s partial denial of its request for an injunction to block San Francisco’s new campaign advertising disclosure law. The committee, Yes on Prop B, did not show that it plans to engage in any political advertising during this election season, so the controversy is moot.

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San Francisco Passes Law to Secure Rooms for Homeless After Shelter Outbreak

Blasting what many believe to have been a slow response from the San Francisco mayor’s office in protecting the city’s homeless from the coronavirus pandemic, the San Francisco board of supervisors passed an emergency ordinance to procure 8,250 hotel rooms for those with nowhere else to go.

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