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
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
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.
Read more: http://abclocal.go.com
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.”
Read more: http://www.wranglernews.com
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
Read more: http://www.latimes.com
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.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com
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