Berkeley orders two cannabis collectives to shut down
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, February, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
The city of Berkeley has issued “cease and desist” orders to two medical cannabis collectives, leading one to shut its doors.
The 40 Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective at 1820 San Pablo Avenue stopped operations in late January after Berkeley Code Enforcement sent it a letter informing the group it was operating in violation of the city’s municipal code.
The Perfect Plants Patients Group, or 3pgs, at 2840B Sacramento Street is still in business.
“It has come to the City of Berkeley’s attention that you are operating a medical marijuana establishment that is dispensing medical marijuana in a non-residential zoning district,” Gregory Daniel, the code enforcement supervisor, wrote to the two collectives on Dec. 8. “The establishment is in violation of the Berkeley Municipal Code … and must therefore cease and desist.”
Daniel also told 3pgs that it is operating less than 600 feet from Longfellow Middle School, which is the minimum distance any cannabis entity can be from a school.
40 Acres believes it has the right to do business on the second floor of 1820 San Pablo Avenue because it was operating there before voters passed Measure T in November 2010, which set out new guidelines for dispensaries and collectives, according to Toya Groves, one of the co-founders of the collective. It should be grandfathered in, she argues.
However, in inspecting 40 Acres, the city of Berkeley also determined that the Soe family, the owners of the building, had illegally converted a permitted dance studio into 11 unpermitted living units and ordered them vacated. So 40 Acres had to close down, she said.
Marijuana Dispensary Owner Says Porn Shop Brings Down Studio City Neighborhood (Really)
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, February, 20th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana dispensaries have been painted, justifiably or not, as crime magnets.
The Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. City Attorney's office have made no secret of their disdain for pot shops that have been the targets of violent armed robberies and drug rings. The LAPD recently boasted it shut down all the cannabis retailers in the Chatsworth area.
But one dispensary owner says not only that his shop is not the problem, but that another kind of business is. The dirty business:
Sam Humeid, owner of Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, Inc. (a pot shop with valet parking on Ventura Boulevard), sent a letter to the editor of Studio City Patch complaining that an adult video store wants to open in the same strip mall.
He alleges that the same store, Red Hot Video, has experienced crime in its current location nearby (apparently at Colfax Avenue and Ventura).
Humeid says that a homeless man with a history of mental illness was caught throwing a rock through the porn shop's window on Friday. In fact, he said, the suspect was caught by the dispensary's own valet.
He also somehow attributes a nearby sex assault last year to the adult retail biz. Humeid says adult stores attract deviants:
I found that crime, especially sexually related crimes increase dramatically around such stores ... An adult book store is not the right thing for this community. Maybe a community poll on your site about another porn shop could be interesting news
Agreed: L.A. needs to embrace wholesome businesses that attract clean-living (green-living?) citizens.
Unfortunately for Humeid, he might have spoken too soon. The L.A. City Council is aiming to put all the city's pot shops out of business. Smut stores? Not so much.
Long Beach Bans "Rogue" Marijuana Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, February, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
The Long Beach City Council voted last night to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from operating in the city, but allowed clubs that won the city's controversial marijuana lottery to remain open for four months. The clubs that were exempted from the ban belong to the Long Beach Collective Assocation, (LBCA) and include 18 dispensaries that have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on city permitting fees. As of now, all other clubs operating within city limits that failed to win the lottery or which never participated (and which haven't already been shut down) now face the immediate possibility of being raided by city police and code enforcement officers.
In recent weeks, LBCA has mounted a public relations campaign to pressure the city not to abandon its medical marijuana ordinance, major portions of which have been ruled illegal in a case involving patients whose clubs were shut down by the city that is now before the California Supreme Court.
Although the ostensible reason for allowing the exempted clubs to continue operating for four months is to allow for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling, such clarity isn't likely to arrive in less than a year, although the city will always have the option of extending its exemption. Until now, the city has only occasionally raided various clubs that lost the lottery or which refused for financial or ideological reasons to pay the hefty $15,000 application fee, and no raids have been carried out since the city's ordinance was ruled illegal late last year. But now that the city has a ban on the books, the raids are likely to pick up speed.
Arizona Dispensaries could start applying as soon as April!
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, February, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana patients may soon available for medical marijuana pateints waiting patiently for their meds in Arizona.
This week, the Arizona Department of Health Services is putting the finishing touches on the revised rules for medical marijuana dispensary applicants.
Once ADHS finishes writing that rule package, it will go to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which will file the rule package with the Secretary of State.
At that point, ADHS Director Will Humble said he will set the date for when ADHS will begin accepting dispensary applications. He said he expects that date to be sometime in April.
State health officials are revising rules for the dispensary application after federal court judge Susan Bolton required ADHS to change its dispensary selection criteria last month.
South Jersey marijuana farm and dispensary set for fall debut
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, February, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
Jersey is finally ready to get their dispensaries up and running to start helping medical marijuana patients who are in desperate need of a safe and reliable location to obtain their meds.
South Jersey's first pot farm and dispensary is expected to open in Egg Harbor Township in the fall, 21/2 years after the state legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
None of six dispensaries authorized by the state has yet opened for business.
The Atlantic County town recently issued the facility a zoning permit, a prize that proved to be elusive in a string of other South Jersey towns after residents packed local meeting halls to protest.
"I feel better than I have in about six months. . . . This has been hard. I've actually been through hell getting this done," said William J. Thomas, chief executive officer of Compassionate Care Foundation, a nonprofit that plans to dispense cannabis to about 1,000 gravely ill patients each month.
Medical marijuana proponents seek Santa Ana ballot measure
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, February, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
It's about time someone has stepped up to help Santa Ana get away from the wild west setup they have right now. I can guesstimate that there are easily over 100 dispensaries in Santa Ana as it's an area I frequently visit when checking out new and older dispensaries.
SANTA ANA – Proponents of medical marijuana want to place on the November ballot in Santa Ana an initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the city.
A group called the Committee to Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative on Tuesday turned in to the city clerk's office documents to circulate a petition in support of the initiative, which proponents say would be the first of its kind in California.
The initiative would, said Kandice Hawes, allow dispensaries to operate under certain guidelines, for instance, limiting hours to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., forbidding loitering and smoking on the premises, and restricting patients to 21 and older, unless there's a parent or guardian. She said the guidelines were worked out after proponents met with police to learn about resident complaints. It also calls for an additional 2 percent sales tax to benefit the city's general fund.
Take our poll on the issue.
"We feel that people do want medical marijuana collectives," Hawes said. "They want them to be controlled and safe, and they want the participation of the city and the police departments. Also, the medical marijuana collectives want to do things the right way, and that's why we're moving forward with the initiative so they can operate like any other business in Santa Ana, so that cannabis doesn't end up on the street or in the hands of gang members. If they close those collectives, that's what's going to happen."
The measure would allow 20 businesses that support the rules to operate, a number she says is appropriate for a city the size of Santa Ana, but allows for more. Hawes said that police officials have told her that 62 dispensaries operate in the city.
Hawes said that if something isn't done to halt city efforts to close dispensaries, they could be gone within a year. She said that in the past four months, nine dispensaries have closed as a result of city enforcement efforts.
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