Orange County lawyer Randall Longwith has been hired by about 75 eager medical marijuana growers and suppliers across California to find a way to legitimize medical marijuana in O.C. cities where it is currently illegal.

And he thinks he’s found a way to do so: the voter initiative process.

Two years ago, the California State Supreme Court dealt a blow to the medical marijuana community when it upheld a city’s right to ban pot shops, even though state voters approved the 1996 Compassionate Use Act that made medical marijuana use legal in California.

But the ruling left a door open: It said that marijuana proponents who wanted to legalize medical cannabis sales could do so through voter initiative.

“Usually that’s kind of a throwaway,” said Longwith, a provocative attorney, 45, who has a bit swagger to him. “We took that and said, ‘Well, let’s do it.’”

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