Medical pot co-op drops plans
The operator of an already approved medical marijuana dispensary withdrew his business license application yesterday just before the Board of Supervisors was set to discuss reversing an earlier decision to grant it.
Bradley Ehikian, who was poised to operate the Peninsula’s first permitted dispensary, said San Mateo County’s commitment to providing legal medical marijuana does not match his own.
“The county simply does not have the will to allow any facility in the county,” Ehikian said.
In October, Ehikian was granted a business license for the Sans Souci Medical Collective in a 14,000-square-foot building at 2676 Bay Road in the unincorporated area near Redwood City’s Fair Oaks neighborhood. But Sheriff Greg Munks, District Attorney Jim Fox and 39 residents who were worried about the size and location appealed the license board decision to the Board of Supervisors.
After hours of waiting for other items — the 10 a.m. appeal wasn’t heard until close to 1 p.m. — Ehikian made the matter moot by ending an effort he said has taken 17 months and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Ehikian wanted to honor the memory of his mother and grandmother with what he said would be a high-standard medical clinic with a research aspect. Although he and lawyer Ted Hannig said they believe the county’s position flies in the face of state law, he didn’t want to spend further time in vain.
“We do this because we are committed to the cause but we also know our commitment is not enough to overcome the lack of commitment on the part of law enforcement,” Ehikian said.
Munks, speaking after Ehikian’s withdrawal, said the Ehikian family’s intentions were honorable but was concerned future operators may not be as honorable.
Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, Munks and Fox argued that the large-scale scope of the operation made it unlikely to fit the definition of a legal collective.
Munks calculated the operation could dispense 11.4 tons annually based on a maximum of two ounces per day for up to 500 members.
While there are few hard and fast rules about the definition of a collective in a May 2009 county ordinance, it is widely assumed members will participate in the growing and harvesting in return for use. Sans Souci anticipated so many members it was unlikely all or even most would do anything other than collect and use its product, Munks and Fox argued.
Ehikian said he understood the county’s desire to limit “fly by night” dispensaries but insisted his plan was to offer a vital service to those with medical, not recreational, need.
Hannig also said the county would be better off with one large high-quality clinic rather than smaller facilities possibly run by less scrupulous operators.
Aside from the dispensary itself, Hannig told the board it should consider a systemic conflict of interest by having Munks weigh in on the license board vote, act as an appellant and ultimately as a law enforcement official charged with safety at the dispensary.
San Mateo County and its cities have a mixed approach to medical marijuana dispensaries. While some jurisdictions such as the county and the cities of San Mateo and San Carlos regulate them, others banned them outright.
House Votes Down On Medical Marijuana Use
The Illinois House has voted against the legislation of medical marijuana that would have approved the use of marijuana to ease pain or nausea because of illness. The long debated issue got just 53 of the 60 votes it needed for approval on Tuesday. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang used a procedure to postpone consideration of the measure to another time.
The bill would allow people to get permission from a physician and the Department of Public Health to have marijuana plants in their home and use it for treating the symptoms of AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and other illnesses. Unfortunately other critics say that there are currently other drugs on the market that can ease pain in more or less the same manor and that Lang's bill doesn't address medical treatment just possession of pot. The Senate OK'd the bill in May.
ACDC Drummer Convicted Of Cannabis Possession
The famous ACDC drummer Phil Rudd has lost his bid to escape a criminal conviction after he was caught with 25 grams of cannabis on his launch berther at Tauranga Bridge Marina. Rudd who appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday under his birth name Phillip Hugh Witschke, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cannabis and name suppression was lifted.
He was fined $250 plus $132.89 court costs. The court was told that on October 7 when police executed a search warrant they found a total of 25 grams of marijuana on board. Witschke told police it was for his personal use. His lawyer Craig Tuck sought a discharge without conviction arguing that the consequences of a conviction would far outweigh the consequences of his client's crime, which he said was a lower end of scale in terms of its criminality.
Mr Tuck said in the last nine months Witschke had travelled to more than 20 countries and his many business interests required him to travel extensively. A conviction could seriously affect his ability to enter some countries, he said.
High school students asked to invest in medical marijuana dispensary
DENVER- Parents at two local high schools were notified about a possible Ponzi scheme targeting students.
The students involved were told they were investing money into a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver.An email to parents Monday night aleterd them about a police investigation involving students at Regis and Cherry Creek High schools.
The Denver Police Department is asking anyone who invested money in the scam or know anyone who did to call them.
King Of Pot Still On The Run
Two years ago police raided John Robert Boone’s (also known as the Kind Of Pot) farm as they suspected that he was once again growing marijuana plants. Upon arrival the police where right as they managed to seize over 2,400 marijuana plants. When they went for the arrest of John Boone it turned out that he had literally vanished like a puff of smoke. John Boone made his escape as he was facing a life sentence as this would of been his third time being caught growing marijuana. Police have found that tracking down the wanted criminal who resembles a tattooed Santa Clause has proven as hard as “trying to catch a ghost”.
Boone, who's trying to avoid the life sentence sympathizers in an area where many farmers down on their luck have planted marijuana, "That's all he's ever done, raising pot," said long time friend Larry Hawkins, who owns a bar and restaurant called Hawk's Place. "He never hurt anybody." As Hawkins puts it, there are two kinds of growers: "You've got the caught and the uncaught." And, at least for now, the 67-year-old Boone is a bit of both. He spent more than a decade in federal prison after being convicted in the late 1980s of taking part in what federal prosecutors called the "largest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history," a string of 29 farms in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin.
Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Defeated In State House
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