San Bernardino's fight against marijuana dispensaries not over
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, November, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
SAN BERNARDINO - Two medical marijuana dispensaries shuttered by local and federal authorities Tuesday are far from the only facilities the city would like to see go up in smoke.
But until a Supreme Court decision is made authorizing the city to close its remaining 22 facilities, the city is relying on civil fines and raids by federal authorities as a deterrent.
"We're working on injunctions to have them ready to file if the Supreme Court gives us the green light," said San Bernardino City Attorney James F. Penman.
That decision may not be made until next year.
In the meantime, San Bernardino has fined the dispensaries it knows about $1,000 a day per violation for operating against city codes.
There were as many as 42 facilities operating in the city this year, and most closed down voluntarily because the owners couldn't pay the fines.
The rest remain open, despite many not paying the fines.
"These stores are taking in so much money, that $1,000 a day is just the cost of doing business," he said.
And if the Supreme Court decides cities have the authority to close medical marijuana dispensaries based on federal law, the property owners may be left holding the bag.
"It's going to be a big deal with the property owners, and they'll be lucky if the fine is all they face," Penman said. "They may have their property seized."
The Drug Enforcement Administration, San Bernardino police and San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies raided two medical marijuana dispensaries on Highland Avenue in San Bernardino on Tuesday.
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Dairy Queen Medical Marijuana
Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, November, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
Colorados Amendment 64 given 68 percent chance of passing
Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
As we've reported, Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, had a 53 percent to 43 percent lead in a recent Public Policy Polling survey. But by another measure -- predictions from the online trading exchange Intrade -- the measure is doing even better. At this writing, it's being given a 68 percent chance of passage.
How does Intrade work? "The website's members bet on the outcomes of non-sports-related future events," note our friends at Wikipedia -- a concept that blends the stock exchange with a sports book.
Here's the latest Amendment 64 entry:
Detroit could decriminalize possession of small amounts of Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
A proposal that will appear on Detroit ballots Tuesday could partially decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But how it would affect policing in the city is still up for debate.
Proposal M would amend a 1984 Detroit city ordinance in order to exempt adults over the age of 21 from being prosecuted for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana on private property.
In June former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee -- who resigned last month due to a sex scandal -- said even if the measure passed the department might continue to enforce existing state and federal laws outlawing marijuana possession.
"A city ordinance can't trump that," he told MLive. "So that would be the priority for us. If you look at the amount of devastation that substance abuse has caused in the inner city, anything that makes it easier to access that, fundamentally I'm opposed to it."
Detroit police had no immediate comment on how the proposal would affect policing in the city.
"The Detroit Police Department is aware of this proposal, and will be ready to address this ordinance, if it should pass," Sgt. Eren L. Stephens, a DPD spokeswoman, told the Huffington Post.
The Coalition for a Safer Detroit, which put the measure on the ballot, says its passage would encourage Detroit police to focus more of their resources on serious crimes. A statement on the group's website argues that de-prioritizing marijuana possession as a crime would save the police and courts a considerable amount time and money:
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