Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/28/2012 06:06:01 AM PST

UPLAND – The City Council has not made a formal request for the League of California Cities’ assistance in the medical marijuana case pending in the state Supreme Court, but some inquiries have been made.

Councilman Ken Willis inquired about the League possibly getting involved in the case during a dinner on Jan. 19. City staff also made an inquiry, said City Manager Stephen Dunn.

“Basically, Upland was looking for help because it’s a big battle we’ve been funding, but realistically I don’t know what the League is going to respond or if they’ve responded to it,” Dunn said. “I understand it could potentially put the League in a predicament. There are a number of cities, particularly in Northern California, that do support medical marijuana.”

The League’s City Attorneys’ Department formed a Medical Marijuana Committee and will review the implications for cities pending the Supreme Court’s decision.

They will look at four cases that the Supreme Court recently decided to review, including Upland’s case involving G3 Holistic.

“Those cases will be reviewed by the legal advocacy committee and those committees will determine what action is taken,” said Eva Spiegel, spokeswoman for the League.

Dunn said there is no plan to make an official outreach to the League.

“I think the intent of staff and the intent of Councilman Willis is to say, `Hey, League, make it high on your radar and if you can help in the battle then please do,”‘ Dunn said. “We’re not asking them to take on the battle.”

As of November, the city has spent more than $360,000 to fight medical marijuana dispensaries, said Councilman Gino Filippi.

“I continue to remain concerned with the amount of financial resources and attorney’s fees the city of Upland continues to incur in dealing with lawsuits including medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city, when our general funds are needed for the operation of general services that the city provides to our citizens,” he said.

G3 Holistic closed in September 2010 after West Valley Superior Court Judge Barry Plotkin in Rancho Cucamonga granted the city an injunction.

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