Activist Swerdlow at center of state Supreme Court marijuana case

Wes Woods, Staff Writer 

Lanny Swerdlow, founder of the Inland Empire Patient s Wellness Center, sits in a meeting room at his marijuana medical facility in Riverside. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

RIVERSIDE — Lanny Swerdlow spent a recent day at the Presto Quality Care clinic asking patients to rate their pain.

The registered nurse measured their blood pressure and checked their heartbeat.

He then determined whether to give them the OK for a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana.

Besides being the clinic manager at Presto Quality Care, Swerdlow founded the nearby Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana collective at the center of a state Supreme Court case in San Francisco that could determine if cities have jurisdiction to ban such facilities.

The city of Riverside has attempted to close the center because it prohibits such facilities in its zoning ordinance.

“The Health and Wellness Center is a very unique collective,” Swerdlow said.

“We call it the most important collective in the state of California because of the current case its involved in.”

 

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