The collective has more than 200 medical marijuana users.
"We're asking the superior court to do one of two things: order the city to accept the application or issue us a business license because we're entitled to one," Curiale said.
Marijuana dispensaries have been operating illegally in Costa Mesa since last year. Many were given licenses issued for alternative health or nutrition businesses.
Curiale seemed confident his writ of mandate will be rejected. But that's all part of the process. Where he plans to fight Costa Mesa's law is in the Court of Appeal. He said a writ of mandate request would get them before a panel of appeals judges faster than a typical lawsuit.
In a lawsuit filed in early May, the group sued Costa Mesa over its ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The group claims it's not a dispensary and the word "dispensary" is not defined in state and federal laws. The plaintiff in the case is the head of the collective, Robert Martinez.
Martinez claims Costa Mesa is depriving him of his right to medical treatment permitted under state law.
Last month, a federal judge rejected a lawsuit that asserted dispensaries in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest were protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act guaranteeing access to public services.
Costa Mesa police began shutting down dispensaries this year. There are about 10 in the city, police said.