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Anaheim begins closing medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, May, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Anaheim is shutting down 11 medical marijuana clinics. The city has been battling the pot shops for years, but now has the California Supreme Court on its side. A new order took effect Friday, forcing the clinics to close down.
 
"We have issued cease-operation letters to the 11 dispensaries within the city limits and at 1 o'clock today they are to be shut down," said Ruth Ruiz, a city of Anaheim spokesperson.
 
The move comes after the state Supreme Court recently ruled cities can ban marijuana dispensaries.
 
Last week, the city of Garden Grove started its enforcement, and like Anaheim, it's warning those that stay open face a $1,000-per-day fine and possible criminal charges.
 
A week ago, Eyewitness News found one dispensary in Garden Grove referring customers to a new dispensary located in an Anaheim building. No one answered the door at the location Friday.
 
At OC Farmacy, a sign tells customers they're closed until further notice.
 
At one time there were more than 140 marijuana dispensaries operating in Anaheim. Officials say code enforcement reduced that number to 11.
 

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S. Tempe medical marijuana dispensary opens

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana has arrived in south Tempe- but if you’re thinking about going in, you might want to brush up on your safe-cracking skills.
 
Harvest of Tempe, said to be the first such dispensary in the area, has incorporated what appear to be state-of-the-art security measures, including digital cameras and thick plate-glass windows that keep customers at bay.
 
Since opening during the first week of May, though, no problems have been reported.
 
Jeanne Klotz, of Tri-City Auto Body in Mesa, recalled her worries when a marijuana dispensary opened across the street a year ago.
 
“We didn’t particularly want them as neighbors, but so far we’ve barely been aware they’re there,” she said. Only evidence of its presence so far: “A marijuana candy wrapper blew up on our doorstep.”
 

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New L.A. law on medical marijuana shops faces hazy future

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Los Angeles voters took regulation of the city's medical marijuana shops into their own hands Tuesday, embracing a ballot measure to sharply reduce the number of dispensaries in the city.
 
But as in all things related to pot policy, the future of the new law is hazy.
 
Under the measure, only 135 dispensaries — those that were operating before a failed moratorium in 2007 — will be allowed to stay open. But enforcement could prove a monumental challenge as backers of a rival measure threaten lawsuits and city lawyers begin the long process of identifying all of the city's dispensaries and bringing them into compliance.
 
"Now the city has some work to do," said Steven Lubell, a medical marijuana attorney who supported the winning measure.
 
City officials, who have spent years struggling to regulate pot shops with little success, said they didn't know how many dispensaries were operating in Los Angeles. A recent police estimate put the number at around 700, but others said it could be more than double that. Jane Usher, a special assistant city attorney, said once the results of Tuesday's election are certified, city lawyers will begin updating their database of dispensaries and sending letters to operators notifying them of the new law.
 
Those that opened before the moratorium will be required to be at least 600 feet from any school, park or child-care facility and pay 6% of their gross receipts in taxes. Those that opened after 2007 will be ordered to close
 

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Bad news for LA Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
(Reuters) - Voters strongly supported a ballot measure to sharply curtail the number of medical marijuana dispensaries permitted to operate in Los Angeles while boosting taxes on the sale of pot for health reasons, election returns early on Wednesday showed.
 
The proposal appeared headed for passage. Returns showed 63 percent of voters supporting it compared with 37 percent opposed, after tabulation of more than 40 percent of ballots cast at polling stations on Tuesday, and all of the mail-in ballots received as of last Friday.
 
Two rival measures seemed likely to be defeated, with "no" votes far surpassing "yes" votes for each.
 
At least 800 storefront medical cannabis shops are estimated to be operating in Los Angeles, more than in any other U.S. city, and some residents have complained that the dispensaries are a blight on their neighborhoods.
 
Proposition D, placed on Tuesday's ballot by the City Council, would cap the number of dispensaries allowed to remain open at 135, said Rigo Valdez, director of organizing for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, a union that supports the measure.
 

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Big Vote This Tuesday In Los Angeles For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, May, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
There is a big vote this Tuesday in Los Angeles, California that will largely determine the future for medical marijuana dispensaries in the area. Below is a message that I received from my friends in Los Angeles:
 
On May 21 join Angelenos for Safe Access -  a coalition of business, collectives, doctors and patients – in voting Yes on F and No on D.
 
Proposition D is a fraud that doesn’t work.  Proposition D doesn’t protect minors, patients or the public. Ordinance F is the solution to create sustainable and healthy rules that would – regulate medical cannabis collectives in Los Angeles.
 
Ordinance F Saves Jobs: Proposition D wants to decrease the number of dispensaries, which would result in job loss.  The estimated 750,000 legitimate medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles would be forced to crowd into less than 135 dispensaries. Only Ordinance F aims to maintain enough dispensaries so sick patients have easy access to their medicine and 70,000 jobs aren’t lost.
 
Ordinance F Requires Mandatory Backgrounds Checks On All Dispensary Employees: In the process of legalizing medical marijuana, Ordinance F wants to ensure that dispensaries are operated by law-abiding citizens, and not associated with any criminal activity. By assuring the community that dispensaries are being operated and inhabited by people who have no criminal record in the past 10 years we can eradicate criminals owning and operating dispensaries.
 

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Voters To Decide Future Of Medical Marijuana In Los Angeles

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
In addition to the election of a new mayor next week, voters will also be deciding the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles.
 
Measure D, Measure E, and Measure F have all been competing to set the rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, including how many will be allowed, where they will be allowed to locate, as well as what regulations they have to adhere to.
 
Los Angeles City Councilman, Bill Rosendahl, has surfaced as the leading force behind the campaign to pass Measure-D.
 
Rosendahl is a cancer survivor, and greatly credits medical marijuana with helping him to recover.
 

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