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Feds Crack Down On Hundreds Of Medical Marijuana Shops In California

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, June, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors have sent dozens of letters warning medical marijuana shops in Los Angeles and Long Beach to shut down or risk potential criminal or civil action.
Authorities say more than 100 pot clinics across Los Angeles County received the letters Tuesday. Lawsuits also were filed against two property owners in Long Beach, telling them it's illegal to allow pot sales in buildings they own.
 
California's federal prosecutors launched a coordinated crackdown on the state's medical marijuana industry in 2011 by threatening landlords with property forfeiture. Since then, many of the 625 pot shops targeted in the seven-county Central District of California have closed.
 

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Marijuana dispensaries reopen in San Diego while ignorant neighbors complain

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, June, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
sandiegoshopsSAN DIEGO – Several marijuana dispensaries have popped up in San Diego and the city isn’t doing anything about it.
 
Around 25 dispensaries have opened in the past few months, including 10 in Pacific Beach.
 
Mayor Bob Filner and City Council have been working on an ordinance to zone these types of shops, but nothing has been made official yet.
 
Scott Chipman of San Diegans for Safe Neighborhoods has filed complaints with the city, but the neighborhood code compliance department has stayed silent.
 
“It’s a very disturbing thing to see the city allow more and more of these stores to open without any enforcement,” said Chipman.
 
“Selling marijuana is not a legal grey area. Selling marijuana is illegal by state and federal law and that’s what these stores are doing,” Chipman said. “They are basically drug dealers operating in our business districts.”
 
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith told Fox5 his hands are tied.
 
Goldsmith’s office shutdown more than 100 dispensaries in the past two years, but hasn’t prosecuted a dispensary case since January after Filner stopped enforcing the zoning laws.
 
“It’s sort of like having a speed limit, but no police officers to enforce it,” Goldsmith said.
 
“This mayor has decided not to refer them. The City Council has directed him three times to refer cases to us and he has refused. In many cases it is between city council and the mayor,” Goldsmith added. “We’ll do our job.”
 

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MMJ Collectives Shutdown in the OC

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, June, 10th 2013 by THCFinder

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Today, Sunday June 9, 2013, is a day of mourning for medical marijuana patients in Orange County. Today is a day that our voice as California citizens is silenced. A day that has been whispered about and will not soon be forgotten. On this day, the MMJ collective at which I provide quality medicine to patients of all cultures and backgrounds, will be legally tending its last buds.

Orange County has been feeling the marijuana crackdown since 2010-2011 when several shutdowns, raids and property seizures occurred leaving South County and Costa Mesa, areas that were once stoner friendly cities, devoid of all collectives. Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Anaheim became the only cities in Orange County that were still rich with medical marijuana collectives.

As to be expected in this topsy-turvy governmental structure, Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim were eventually targeted. Each collective was hand delivered a letter stating that all MMJ storefronts must be closed down voluntarily or else will be fined, seized and/or raided by the DEA and local authorities. Many shut down, too afraid and not invested enough to risk a raid. Others crumpled that letter, threw it in the wastebasket, and carried on with their business as usual.

We were one of the others who threw caution to the wind, or rather letters in the bin, remaining open. Having been successfully operating for almost 5 years, this clinic runs a tight ship which is the reason for its longevity. The final day of reckoning was scheduled as June 9. If we do not close today, every day we remain open is illegal and the volunteers risk being hassled by the fuzz.

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Just like the old Prohibition days between 1920-1933, we must become a speakeasy, only allowing select VIPs (Very Important Patients) with a special card and ID number assigned by us, to enter. This means we are accepting no new patients and even turning away most current patients. All day, my normal array of smiling faces has turned to expressions of concern and anguish as many members are disheartened by the idea of losing their right to medicate, a legislation that Californians fairly voted on.

Though these California medical marijuana legislations have been around for over 15 years, it is still an evolving concept that will remain flawed until it is completely decriminalized. The Federal Government grants states their sovereignty to run based on the votes of their people. These votes, however, are futile as the Feds will always subjugate state law. California voters have, numerous times, chosen to legalize the use of medical cannabis. Why then are we still taking one step forward and two steps back?

In this case, it is actually the cities that are making these decisions. Many non-stoner residents claim that the medical marijuana dispensaries have “gotten out of hand.” State Council meetings have been overflowing with heartbroken patients whose rights were stripped away from them. Of course, the reform of the MMJ legislation is nowhere on the agenda. Mary Lochen addressed the council stating that “I’m coming out of the closet as a medical marijuana patient. You see, there are a whole lot of us that are invisible to you.” How much longer must we be invisible?

I do not know what my future holds with this collective, but I do know that I will remain steadfastly by its side. Volunteering here gives me purpose, satisfaction, happiness and fulfillment. This is a sentiment I have never felt anywhere else. Seeing a patient in excruciating pain return with a smile, telling me that my suggestion improved his or her quality of life, is the most precious reward.  If this ship goes down, I am proudly going down with it, only because I know that even if we sink all the way to the bottom, we will find our way back to the surface and feel the warm sunshine once again. Long live Mary Jane.

Source: StonerDays.com


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N.J. issues permit to second medical marijuana dispensary

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
TRENTON — The state Health Department has issued a permit for the second medical marijuana dispensary to begin growing its first crop, according to one of the dispensary owners.
 
"It's good news," said David Knowlton, co-founder of the Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., which will operate from an Egg Harbor facility. "A lot of patients are waiting for this."
 
The dispensary's website said a summer opening is expected. It generally takes about three months for a crop to be grown and prepared for sale. The state Health Department must test it for mold, pesticides and potency before any is sold.
 
Compassion joins Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, which opened in December and has served about 130 patients. Medical marijuana advocates have complained the Christie administration has taken too long to launch the program. Nearly 1,000 people have registered.
 
The Health Department issued a press release at about 4 p.m. confirming it issued the permit.
 
"Once Compassionate Care Foundation is permitted to operate as an Alternative Treatment Center, patients will be notified of the opening date," according to the press release. "Patients and caregivers can visit the Medicinal Marijuana Program’s website if they choose to change the ATC designated to serve them," according to the release.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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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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