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"Landmark" Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ruling May Hurt Feds

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, October, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
A court ruling in San Diego could hinder the federal Justice Department's war on California's legal cannabis industry.
In what cannabis advocates called a "landmark ruling," an appeals court in San Diego tossed out a dispensary operator's drug-dealing conviction. Jovan Jackson was found guilty of marijuana sales only after a judge refused to allow him to use state medical marijuana law as a defense, a tact pursued by Attorney General Kamala Harris' office.
But Harris lost, and Jackson won, on Wednesday when the court ruled that he should have been allowed to use state law in his defense -- a novel concept -- and that he was legal despite his large collective where not every member participated in the growing of cannabis, according to Americans for Safe Access, which argued Jackson's case.
Jackson will be retried in San Diego, where District Attorney Bonnie Dumais has been a helpful hand in the quest to quash all legal weed. But he'll get a defense -- and one that might be useful for the state's largest medical marijuana dispensary's looming battle in federal court.
Harborside Health Center, the largest cannabis collective in California -- and by extension, the nation, the world, the universe, etc. -- will appear in court on Nov. 1, when United States Attorney Melinda Haag will ask a judge to forfeit the dispensary's Oakland property to the government. Among Harborside's sins are its size, according to Haag. The fact that the dispensary has 108,000 patients means its somehow violating state law -- although Haag hasn't yet identified specific violations.


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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, October, 26th 2012 by THCFinder



Worker shot at Tempe medical marijuana dispensary

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, October, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police on Friday were looking for multiple suspects who shot and critically wounded an employee at an unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary in Tempe the night before.
A group of three to six men entered the Top Shelf Med store near Southern Avenue and College Avenue around 7 p.m. Thursday and confronted the worker, authorities said. The business was formerly known as AzGoGreen Co-op.
The suspects hit and then shot the employee and fled.
Officials say the victim, described as a man in his 30s, remained hospitalized Friday with life-threatening injuries. His name was not released.
Police are still investigating the suspects' motives and it does not appear they removed any property, Lt. Mike Horn said.
The business operates to some degree as a medical marijuana co-op, Lt. Jeffrey Glover said Friday. Tempe detectives helped with a federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into marijuana distribution at the business about a year ago and recently started their own probe of the business, which is ongoing, Glover said.
The city is zoned for two dispensaries when the state eventually issues it licenses, Glover said.
The shooting is believed to be the first in Tempe involving an apparent medical marijuana co-op, and it has heightened police concerns about the safety of such venues, Glover said.
He pointed to incidents in California where dispensary customers were robbed or assaulted.
"You have that potential of people being a target. There is definitely cause for concern for any community where these are placed," Glover said.
"The hope is as these dispensaries actually open that they have good security measures in place to help them not be targets and not have their customers being victimized," he said.
State health officials can license up to 126 dispensaries throughout designated areas, and more than 32,000 Arizonans have permission to use medical marijuana under a voter-approved 2010 law.
Thus far, Arizona health officials have issued 44 dispensary-registration certificates. But none has completed the necessary steps to open.


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