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Nevada Assembly approves medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, June, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada lawmakers want to give medical marijuana users a legal way to obtain the drug 13 years after voters legalized medicinal pot in the state constitution.
 
The Assembly voted 28-14 Monday to pass a bill establishing marijuana dispensaries. The measure needs final approval from the Senate before heading to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has said he will consider the proposal.
 
The bill, SB374, establishes a framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and sets up fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries of marijuana.
 
Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and a year later were able to obtain medical marijuana cards. But there has been no legal way for patients to acquire medicinal marijuana unless they grow it themselves.
 

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Nevada mulls medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, June, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
As a deadline loomed, medical marijuana advocates renewed their push for legal access to the drug in Nevada on Saturday during an Assembly committee meeting.
 
The chamber’s Judiciary Committee heard passionate support for state Senate Bill 374 for hours during the rare weekend hearing.
 
The proposal would establish a framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, imposing fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries of marijuana. The bill also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing. The taxes raised would first fund the regulatory structure for the state — any remaining balance would then go to education.
 
The state Senate already approved the measure which requires a two-thirds supermajority vote in both houses.
 
The bill faces a Monday night cutoff.
 
Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000, and pot cards started going out the next year. However, efforts to create a legal way for users to obtain the drug — aside from home growing processes — have all failed over the years.
 
State Sen. Mark Hutchison, R-Las Vegas, told the committee he doesn’t support the concept of the bill, but that he believes it is the Legislature’s obligation to act because voters mandated access when they legalized the drug.
 
“I don’t think this is a good idea — I don’t think it’s a good policy for the state — but I lost that battle,” Hutchison said, adding, “You don’t get to pick and choose” what parts of the constitution to enforce.
 
Read more: http://www.rgj.com

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Do Marijuana Collectives Have a Future in Colorado?

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, June, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
The marijuana legislation signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday includes language aimed at preventing unlicensed pot stores from operating as nonprofit corporations:
 
No person shall form a business or non-profit, including but not limited to a sole proprietorship, corporation, or other business enterprise, with the purpose or intent, in whole or in part, of transporting, cultivating, processing, transferring, or distributing marijuana or marijuana products without prior approval of the state licensing authority and the local jurisdiction.
 
The Denver Post reports that MJ Proper, a 501(c)(3) organization that delivered marijuana buds and marijuana-infused beer to its members, has suspended operations in response to this provision. The paper says "collectives that provide pot to members at or below cost...face uncertain prospects now that laws governing legalized marijuana in Colorado are on the books." But on its face, the new prohibition applies only to formally organized nonprofits like MJ Proper, not to collaborative efforts by friends, neighbors, or acquaintances. And a mere statute cannot override Amendment 64, the marijuana legalization initiative that is now part of the state constitution. Among other things, Amendment 64 allows people to grow up to six plants for personal use, possess the marijuana produced by those plants, transfer up to an ounce at a time "without remuneration," and "assist" others in growing and consuming marijuana. That leaves considerable leeway for people to pool their efforts and resources to produce marijuana, either as an alternative to state-licensed outlets or as a stopgap measure before they open next year.
 
Read more: http://reason.com

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R.I.'s second medical marijuana dispensary gets OK

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PROVIDENCE — Now, there are two medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Health announced that it has issued a registration certificate to Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Portsmouth, meaning that it has received the green light to sell marijuana to patients in the state medical marijuana program.
“We are thrilled to finally get it and the Department of Health has been a big help in the process,” said Seth Bock, co-owner of the dispensary.
 
Greenleaf becomes the second marijuana dispensary in the state. Last month, the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, at 1 Corliss St., in Providence, got its registration certificate and opened for business on April 19.
 
Marijuana generally takes about 16 weeks to grow and harvest, so both dispensaries have bought marijuana from licensed caregivers and patients across the state. As of last week, there are 5,467 patients and 3,592 caregivers participating in the program.
Slater has about 850 registered patients, while Greenleaf hopes to have about 200 customers to start.
 
This week, Greenleaf has opened its doors at 1637 West Main Rd., from 2 to 6 p.m. each day, but they have not been permitted to sell marijuana to patients. Greenleaf’s building is just 2,800 square feet, about a fifth the size of the much larger Slater center.
 

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What's the future of LA's marijuana dispensaries?

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
David Welch has been fighting the city of Los Angeles and its attempts to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries for more than five years. An attorney who represents more than 40 dispensaries in the city, Welch said the passage of Measure D by L.A. voters last week makes that fight a lot tougher now.
 
“The public and the courts may no longer have a stomach for endless marijuana litigation,” Welch said. “People want it to be done.”
 
That does not mean his clients are not considering a lawsuit challenging Measure D, which allows only the 135 dispensaries that first registered with the city in 2007. Welch argues that’s an unfair and arbitrary way to regulate businesses.
 
But he and others who follow the legal battles say the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing cities to ban dispensaries outright make legal challenges to local regulations more difficult. Welch is issuing a new warning to the pot shops he advises that are among the 135.
 
“I’m advising them that when Measure D goes into effect, they are obligated to close,” he said.  Several of Welch’s clients declined to be interviewed.
 
Estimates vary widely on the number of pot shops affected.
 
For now, some appear to be operating as if there was no election. Because of the nature of the business, no one at a dispensary agreed to be quoted. But one man who answered the phone at a downtown L.A. shop seemed unconcerned.
 
“Everybody is just like, chill back. Ya know, it's like normal," he said.
 
He said he’s seen the city go after pot shops before.
 
“It's pretty much like a threat, trying to scare people. But it doesn’t happen,” he said.
 
City officials said this time is different. It’s the first time voters have enacted a limit, said Special Assistant City Attorney Jane Usher. She is overseeing the enforcement of Measure D.
 
Read more: http://www.scpr.org

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Marijuana dispensary robbed in Ocean Beach

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, May, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Police are searching for two people who robbed a marijuana dispensary in Ocean Beach.
 
It happened around 11:15 a.m. in the 4000 block of Voltaire Street. Police say a man went into the business carrying a gun and forced the employees to hand over cash and marijuana.
 
Witnesses reported the other person waited outside in a car.
 
Police have not said exactly how much money was stolen.
 
Read more: http://www.cbs8.com

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