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Police close Palm Springs marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
PALM SPRINGS — Two medical marijuana dispensaries ordered by the court to close were visited Friday by Palm Springs police to ensure they were following orders.
 
The C.C.O.C. at 650 S. Oleander Road and THC (The Holistic Collective) at 2235 N. Palm Canyon Drive were issued notices on Wednesday that ordered them to close within 24-hours to avoid police enforcement.
 
Police showed up on Friday to make sure both places, neither of which has a city-approved permit to operate, were closed and had the locks on their doors changed to ensure the operators would not be able to reopen the dispensaries.
 
“We didn’t seize any property. We didn’t search,” said police Lt. Walter Combs.
 
“We went in and enforced that abatement order. They had a court order to leave,” he said.
 
There were no arrests, Combs added.
 

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AZ: North Phoenix Medical Marijuana Dispensary Now Open

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX, AZ — The Giving Tree Wellness Center, a  non-profit medical marijuana dispensary and alternative therapy center, opened in North Phoenix on May 6, just south of the Deer Valley airport. The Giving Tree is the only state-licensed dispensary located in North Phoenix and offers a full time in-house medical doctor and onsite alternative treatment center.
 
The Giving Tree Wellness Center is owned and operated by two local North Phoenix women with a passion for alternative medical therapies. One of the owners is an actively practicing Emergency Medicine physician, and acts as the medical director of the dispensary and is present at the dispensary during business hours to assist patients.
 
“Our goal is to take care of patients providing the highest quality medical marijuana and an inviting atmosphere while giving back to the community and making Arizona Proud”, says one of the owners.
 

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Diamond Bar finds peace with one local dispensary

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
DIAMOND BAR -- Many California that have taken a stand on the medical marijuana question have given firm "no" answers to those wishing to operate cannabis dispensaries, but this suburb has been an exception.
Diamond Bar, in contrast to many of its neighbors, has an ordinance that allows a single medical marijuana dispensary to operate within city limits. That privileged position is currently occupied by a dispensary calling itself Farm Assist Caregivers, which did not make anyone available to comment for this article.
 
Diamond Bar's 2006 ordinance was adopted at a time when California's marijuana laws were less clear than they are today. Despite the federal prohibition of marijuana, California's Proposition 215 and S.B. 420 respectively allowed state residents to use marijuana for medicinal purposes and allowed those patients to obtain identification cards to distinguish themselves from recreational users who enjoyed marijuana outside of the bounds of state law.
 
The seeming contradiction between state and federal law led to some doubt as to whether cities had the power to forbid medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within their limits. That in turn led to a strange situation in which some cities, such as San Bernardino, had bans in place while dispensaries have operated openly so long as officials could not be sure their efforts to enforce those bans would ultimately be upheld in court.
 

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Close in Garden Grove

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
"Closed" signs were outside some medical marijuana dispensaries Wednesday morning after the city of Garden Grove ordered more than 60 businesses to close or face fines of $1,000 each day and possible criminal charges.
 
City officials last week had letters hand-delivered to 63 medical marijuana shops. Garden Grove, at about 18 square miles, has the highest concentration of pot clinics in all of Orange County.
 
Opponents of the ban packed Tuesday night's City Council meeting to protest the closures. However, no action related to medical marijuana shops was scheduled on the meeting agenda.
 
"I'm coming out if the closet as a medical marijuana patient," patient Mary Lochen told the council. "You see there are a whole lot of us that are invisible to you."
 
During public comment, resident Don Baird said the proliferation of medical marijuana shops in the city has "gotten out of hand."
 

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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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