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Tempe gets 1st medical marijuana dispensary

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, May, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
The name, Harvest of Tempe, on the modest storefront in a south Tempe strip mall might suggest it is home to a food bank or perhaps a fresh-produce shop.
 
If you make it inside, though, your first impression might be of a secure bank.
 
That’s just what the owners want. Harvest of Tempe is the southeast Valley’s first medical-marijuana dispensary and is among a handful of dispensaries to open since Arizona voters approved the Medical Marijuana Act in 2010.
 
To enter, customers must pass through a magnetically locked door controlled from the inside. At that point, they must show their medical-marijuana card and other state-issued identification before they can pass through another locked door to the area where they meet with Harvest employees to discuss the type of marijuana needed.
 
Bulletproof glass protects the employees who handle money and dispense marijuana. Cameras record each transaction.
 
There are some samples of marijuana on display in that portion of the facility, but the rest is kept locked in a vault.
 
A large flat-screen monitor serves as a menu board, informing patients of the varieties of marijuana and edibles — brownies, cookies and candy containing the drug — that are available.
 
Reinforced concrete pillars have been installed at the rear of the building, at 710 W. Elliot Road, and similar planters have been placed in front to discourage any attempt to ram the facility with a vehicle to gain access.
 
Cameras cover the parking lots in the rear, side and front of the building, and capture anyone who enters.
 
The Ariz. law allows for the use of marijuana in the treatment of certain medical conditions, such as cancer or chronic pain.
 
“We’ve worked hard to make sure it’s not what most people would expect,” said Steve White, a member of the dispensary’s management group. “We’ve worked really hard with (Tempe) and the Police Department.
 
“We have safety precautions that are unlike any other place you’ll find in the state. We have taken it upon ourselves to create the nicest possible storefront.”
 

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San Bernardino authorities raid dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
The San Bernardino city attorney and police raided a marijuana dispensary in the 3200 block of North E Street in the first of several sweeps aiming to shut down remaining store fronts in the city.
 
With the pungent smell of marijuana wafting along the street, an undercover narcotic task force and city attorney investigators shut down the e Street Collective and arrested four people on misdemeanor citations of operating a marijuana business, City Attorney Jim Penman said.
 
Its only signage are two green crosses on the windows and a backward, faded sign, “Pro Wrestling School.”
 
The two co-owners and two volunteers were handcuffed and declined to comment to reporters.
 
Inside the store, police seized 30 pounds of marijuana, including 80 growing plants. Police also found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and more than $9,000 cash, Penman said.
 
Each person arrested was expected to be cited and released with an order to return to court next months.
 
Several patients stood outside the storefront shouting at police, but declined to comment or give their names.
 
Read more: http://blog.pe.com

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Medical marijuana dispensary to open in D.C.

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
The Popeyes on 8th Street Southeast sells the typical fare of fried chicken and biscuits, but the space upstairs from the fast food restaurant will soon sell something a little more unusual and a lot more green.
 
A mere two miles from the U.S. Department of Justice, Metropolitan Wellness Center, one of three medical marijuana dispensaries preparing to open in the district within the next few months, will sell dried cannabis, edibles and paraphernalia to qualifying individuals.
 
Proponents say medical marijuana can help patients manage pain and deal with other symptoms of diseases such as cancer. But marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
 
“It’s hilarious, isn’t it?” said Vanessa West, Metropolitan Wellness Center’s general manager. “It’s funny, the public has it in their heads that people are going to be up here smoking and then going downstairs to eat chicken.”
 
Medical marijuana was approved in the district in 1998, though Congress, which controls the city’s budget, blocked implementation until recently.
 
Despite pot’s illegal status federally, 19 states, most recently Maryland, have passed legislation allowing the distribution of medical marijuana. Voters in both Colorado and Washington state passed referendums in November al-lowing the recreational use of pot.
 

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Will Orange County ban Dispensaries after Riversides recent ruling?

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, May, 7th 2013 by THCFinder

Megan Stone, general manager of Orange County Patient Care, with mother cannabis at the Garden Grove dispensary Monday. The California Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of cities that want to deny medical marijuana licenses. She is "disappointed" with the ruling and says the major demographic for medicinal marijuana use are people in their 40s to 60s, not those in their 20s.

Will the city leave dispensaries open or will they start fighting to ban them across the state?

Source: http://www.ocregister.com


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Local governments can ban dispensaries, court rules

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, May, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
In a case that originated in Riverside, the California Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that local governments can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The court said nothing in current laws authorizing medical marijuana in California grants a “right” of convenient access or overrides local governments’ zoning powers.
 
The Monday, May 6, ruling means the estimated 200 bans already in place statewide will remain in effect. It opens the way for any cities and counties that might be considering a ban on clinics but were awaiting the court's decision to move forward.
 
California voters approved Prop. 215, which authorized medical marijuana, in 1996. The Medical Marijuana Program, passed by the Legislature in 2003, tried to provide guidelines for medical marijuana use and distribution.
 
“We must take these laws as we find them, and their purposes and provisions are modest,” the court opinion said.
 
Those two laws, the court concluded, “do not establish a comprehensive state system of legalized medical marijuana; or grant a 'right' of convenient access to marijuana for medicinal use; or override the zoning, licensing, and police powers of local jurisdictions; or mandate local accommodation of medical marijuana.”
 
Read more: http://www.pe.com

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Medical marijuana sellers respond to DEA shutdown

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, May, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
One of eleven medical marijuana sellers in Seattle told to shutdown this week by the Drug Enforcement Administration is speaking out, pleading for state government to defend its own law and suggesting the federal government’s policy will force him to be a “drug dealer”.
 
“Either we trust our government, or all the people that are willing to do this are just taking a risk and we’re all being stupid,” explained Douglas Gerdes, owner of The Only Natural in Ballard.
Gerdes received a letter from the DEA Tuesday, telling him he was violating federal law for selling an illegal narcotic and operating within 1,000 feet of a school.  He has 30 days to comply.
 
“I would love for the DEA to come out here and take a look,” Gerdes said, “I’m not doing anything wrong.
According to Washington law, Gerdes is right.  His “collective garden” is a smaller form of a dispensary.  He is growing 20 plants and has just eight ounces on sale, far below what small pot gardens are allowed.  He sells medical marijuana to a small group of patients.
 
Since federal law supersedes state law, what Gerdes and every other medical marijuana seller is doing is illegal.
 

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