Zen Healing: Veterans Get Free Marijuana At LA Dispensary With Proof Of Military Service
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, December, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
Military veterans put their lives on the line for this country, and what do we give them? A couple hollow holidays? A discount? The occasional salute?
West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary Zen Healing has us all beat on that front:
The pot shop announced this week that it's giving vets a true "gift of appreciation:"
That's right, in an announcement this week Zen Healing says it's giving up "a free quarter of high-quality medicine every harvest," which is every three months, to "veteran patients that provide proof of military service."
That free quarter every quarter comes with a nice glass jar, too.
At your service, sir.
The dispensary notes that there has been research investigating the effects of marijuana on PTSD patients.
Zen Healing says it's not all about weed, either. It says it sponsors a free barbecue meal for the homeless at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood on Saturdays.
Marijuana dispensaries to be allowed in New Baltimore
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, December, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
Officials from the city of New Baltimore finally decided on a medical marijuana ordinance that will allow dispensaries to exist in the industrial area.
This decision came during the Dec. 10 meeting and Councilman Jeff Christie was the only member of the council to cast a dissenting vote.
In the ordinance, which was drafted by the Planning Commission, it states dispensaries must be located within the industrial district and cannot be within 1,000 feet of any secondary or primary school. Currently, the Anchor Bay School District has their alternative education high school, Compass Pointe, located in the industrial district.
According to the ordinance, cultivation is only permitted in the dispensary and sale of the substance between a registered caregiver and patient must not take place within the center.
"In other words, there will be no sales there," Councilman Karl Rutledge, who was instrumental in drafting the approved ordinance, said. "They cannot use and they cannot pick up at these locations."
Christie, who has advocated for the growth of medical marijuana in residential areas as well, didn't have much to say about the ordinance this time around other than that he felt statements on crime were based on opinion, not fact.
"It's still better than nothing," Councilman Ken Butler said.
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Pittsburg May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, December, 11th 2012 by THCFinder
PITTSBURG -- The Pittsburg Planning Commission will consider a staff recommendation to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
If commissioners on Tuesday approve the staff recommendation, the matter will go to the City Council as an ordinance for a vote.
In April of 2011, council members adopted a moratorium, which expires in April, that prohibited dispensaries from operating while staff studied whether to develop regulations to allow them to operate. The recommendation calls for making it official city policy to ban them outright.
Before the moratorium went into effect, East Bay Collective operated a dispensary without a permit, but it didn't stay open because the city got a court injunction to shut it down.
There are no requests before the city to operate a dispensary, and when the city considered the initial moratorium and two later extensions, no one showed up to protest the action.
If approved, the ban on dispensaries would not prevent a qualified patient from growing medical marijuana in his or her own home for personal use, City Attorney Ruthann Ziegler said in an email.
A staff report said the ban was needed in the interest of public safety and that the use of medical marijuana is prohibited under federal law, even though its medical use was approved by California voters in 1996. The report cited a white paper by the California Police Chiefs Association that said many violent crimes, including armed robbery and murder, have been associated with dispensaries.
Arizona's first legal medical marijuana store to open today
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, December, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
Supporters of medical marijuana around the nation are buzzing as Arizona's fist medical marijuana dispensary is set to open at 10 a.m. today.
Arizona Organix, located at 5301 West Glendale Avenue in Glendale, is ready to do business. The cash-only operation will include an onsite ATM, 15 security cameras, and bullet-proof windows. Owners say they were unable to get banks to agree to take credit cards from the business out of fear of violating federal laws that prohibit banks from engaging in (ahem) illegal conduct.
About 200 patients are expected to show up today.
Maricopa County is still looking for ways to shut down the dispensary. The county attorney's office claims it lacks proper licensing, but according to the store's owners, their licenses come from the City of Glendale, which controls zoning, and the state, which issued the dispensary license.
First N.J. medical marijuana dispensary is open for business
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, December, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
MONTCLAIR — New Jersey's first medical marijuana dispensary opened this morning.
Greenleaf Compassion Center at 395 Bloomfield Avenue, in the heart of Montclair's commercial district, admitted its first patient at 10 a.m. All initial visits to Greenleaf will be done by appointment only, board member and co-founder Joe Stevens said.
About 20 registered patients from across the state were scheduled to meet with the dispensary staff to discuss their medical history and decide which of the dispensary's three strains of marijuana would work best. Patients will be limited to purchase a half-ounce of pot at their initial consultation, in order to insure the limited supply reaches all patients, Stevens said.
Dan Babij, a state health department employee assigned to the medical marijuana program, said he had been inside monitoring Greenleaf's activities. By about noon, he estimated five patients had been seen. "So far, so good - no complaints," he said directing further questions to the health department.
Eventually six dispensaries, or alternative treatment centers, will serve registered patients, but Greenleaf is the first to complete the application and permitting process and secure approvals from local officials.
Three doors down from Greenleaf, Ashkan Klalaj, owner of Kei Kabob, a Persian restaurant, watched as TV trucks and reporters gathered outside the dispensary.
Khalaj and his assistant, Ricardo Henry said they had no problems philosophically with the dispensary's arrival.
"Maybe it will be good for business," Henry said.
"We're wondering how it's going to be with individual people" who are not patients," Khalaj said. "We don't want to see any problems."
Harborside Health Center: Landlord Can't Evict Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, December, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
California Court Upholds State Law; Federal Court Next on Dec. 20
Oakland's Harborside Health Center is in the business of selling medical marijuana. This is obvious to anyone -- and in particular the dispensary's landlord, who last week had her effort to evict the dispensary tossed by a judge.
The landlord, Ana Chretien, tried to evict her tenant in an effort to prevent the federal Justice Department from seizing 1840 Embarcadero, which has since 2006 housed the dispensary. U.S. Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag filed a forfeiture proceeding in July, and Chretien filed an unlawful retainer lawsuit in August.
Chretien might have had success, had she not made one fatal error: including in the lease explicit permission for Harborside's operators to run a medical marijuana dispensary. That's protected under state law, ruled a judge, who added that federal law can't be used to evict or otherwise shut down a state-legal operation.
This does not mean that Harborside's fight is won. Far from it. A federal judge is scheduled to hear Haag outline the government's case for taking Chretien's property -- a low-slung office building just a minute's drive from Interstate 880 -- on Dec. 20. The hearing has been postponed several times and may be postponed again.
But in the meantime, Judge Evelio Grillo's ruling is a victory for California medical cannabis providers, provided they were diligent when they signed their leases.
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