Vermont clears the way for medical marijuana dispensary in Brattleboro
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, November, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
While the state and local officials across Massachusetts continue wrestling with the particulars for how to regulate medical marijuana facilities within their borders, Vermont officials announced the state is clearing the way for a medical marijuana dispensary just over the line in Brattleboro.
The Vermont Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it has conditionally approved locating a marijuana dispensary in Brattleboro.
The facility, to be operated by Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc.
It will be the fourth and final marijuana dispensary in the state as part of the Vermont Marijuana Program, which was signed into law in 2011 as a way to dispense marijuana to people seeking relief from chronic medical conditions.
Vermont in 2004 enacted a law allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. More recently, Vermont in July decriminalized marijuana possession for amounts of an ounce or less.
In Vermont, the approval of dispensaries and oversight of the registry is in the hands of the state Department of Public Safety, rather than individual communities.
In Vermont, people who need want to uses medical marijuana for pain management for any serious or terminal illness may register with the state in order to be free from any criminal prosecution by police for possession of the drug.
The dispensaries are not allowed to provide marijuana to anyone except people listed in the registry or their licensed caregiver.
The registry is open only to Vermont residents
Read more: http://www.masslive.com
Santa Ana home to remaining O.C. pot shops
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, October, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
In a county where there were once hundreds of pot shops, now there are 29, and they are all in Santa Ana.
Nearly six months after the state Supreme Court ruled municipalities can ban storefront marijuana dispensaries using their land-use powers, Orange County cities and law enforcement have run out most of the shops selling to medical marijuana patients.
Article Tab: Most Orange County storefront pot shops closed after a May state Supreme Court decision that allowed cities to ban them. Suite A Laguna Health was the last surviving pot shop in south Orange County, and was shuttered in late August. The space, in a strip mall on Crown Valley Parkway, is now empty and up for lease.
Garden Grove closed more than 60 shops after the May 6 decision, said Community Development Director Susan Emery.
2nd Medical Marijuana Facility Opens in NJ
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
New Jersey's second medical marijuana dispensary opens it doors Monday.
The Compassionate Care Foundation facility in Egg Harbor Township received its final permit earlier this month.
The site, in a converted casino warehouse, will begin with 650 patients who have registered through the state. Organizers say more than 200 appointments have already been made.
The Compassionate Care Foundation facility has been allowed to grow cannabis since June. Organizers there say they hope to eventually serve 20,000 with qualifying conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and terminal cancer.
The state has selected six nonprofit groups overall to grow and sell medical marijuana. But the only facility now in operation is one in Montclair, which opened its doors last December.
The four other facilities remain in development.
Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com
Arizona Judge Overturns County's Ban On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, October, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Arizona Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon has overturned a zoning ordinance in Maricopa County which, according to the judge, is a “transparent attempt” to keep medical cannabis dispensaries out of unincorporated areas of the county. The ruling came as part of a pretrial verdict in favor of White Mountain Health Center, which plans to open a dispensary in Sun City.
In his verdict, Judge Gordon said that the ordinance amounts to an effective ban on dispensaries in some of the county’s cities, and noted that there is no available property in Sun City that meets the county’s requirements.
Gordon says that the ordinance “suggests a transparent attempt to prevent the implementation of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act“.
According to the ruling, county’s have authority to zone dispensaries, but don’t have the authority to zone them in a manner that bans them outright. Gordon will listen to further arguments on practical effects of his ruling from both sides on Monday.
San Diego goes backwards and sues marijuana dispensary
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO — The city attorney is suing to force a medical marijuana dispensary to close, a sign of a changed policy since the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner.
Soon after taking office, Filner had called for the city attorney to stop taking medical dispensaries to court to force their closure. The act was the beginning of a rift between Filner and City Atty. Jan Goldsmith.
Just days after Filner’s Aug. 30 resignation, Acting Mayor Todd Gloria reversed Filner’s hands-off policy toward marijuana dispensaries.
Gloria informed the city’s chief operating officer and assistant chief operating officer that enforcement of zoning violations by pot shops could resume.
This week, the city attorney filed a civil complaint to shut down the Central Wellness Collective on El Cajon Boulevard in the mid-city area. The complaint holds the property owners liable for allowing the dispensary to remain open in defiance of city zoning laws.
“The municipal code does not permit dispenaries in any zone and we will enforce the law to close their operation,” Goldsmith said.
It was the first such legal action this year.
During the tenure of Mayor Jerry Sanders, the City Council adopted and then rescinded a marijuana zoning ordinance.
The pro-marijuana movement, believing the ordinance too restrictive, had sought to have it submitted to a public vote.
Instead the council in July 2011 dumped it, leaving the dispensaries no location to operate legally; the city attorney followed with aggressive litigation.
A ordinance proposed by Filner that would have allowed marijuana dispensaries to operate was rejected by the council.
A new marijuana zoning ordinance, more restrictive than the one sponsored by Filner, is being vetted by neighborhood groups. The proposal should be ready for council consideration by January, a spokeswoman for Gloria said.
Read more: http://fox5sandiego.com
Eureka cancels meeting on banning marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, September, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
The Eureka City Council canceled a special session meeting scheduled for Thursday night, which was called to introduce an amendment to the city's medical marijuana ordinance that would ban cannabis cooperatives, collectives and mobile dispensaries.
”After talking with staff and our city attorney, we decided it would be better to step back and take a look at our report to council and provide them at a regular council meeting a comprehensive report along with a number of alternatives, and then seek direction from council instead of recommending the ordinance modifications,” Assistant City Manager Mike Knight said.
The meeting was also canceled to give the public more advance notice, Knight added.
Councilman Mike Newman said the meeting was called because last week's regular meeting was canceled, and the council thought the ordinance was time sensitive because the current moratorium expires Nov. 3.
The city's medical cannabis ordinance -- passed by a previous council in August 2010 and modified in May 2011 -- regulates personal, residential marijuana grows on a land-use basis and allows for the permitting of four medical marijuana dispensaries. The council extended the existing moratorium, which was first passed in November 2011, for one year last October.
Newman said the amendment will likely be discussed during the council's Oct. 15 meeting.
Read more: http://www.times-standard.com
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