California Supreme Court And Marijuana: High Court To Consider Pot Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, January, 20th 2012 by THCFinder
SAN FRANCISCO -- The state's high court will attempt to clarify marijuana's hazy legal status in California.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday voted unanimously to review how cities and counties regulate marijuana dispensaries.
The court will address whether local governments can bar the pot shops despite voter passage of Proposition 215, which legalized marijuana use with a doctor's recommendation.
The court also will consider the continued conflict between state and federal authorities, who don't recognize Proposition 215. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal in all forms.
An appellate court last year struck down Long Beach's attempt to license pot stores, ruling that the local ordinance conflicted with federal law. Another appellate court upheld Riverside's right to close and prohibit dispensaries.
The Supreme Court has not yet scheduled oral arguments for the cases.


Arizona Is Ordered to Allow Pot Sales

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, January, 20th 2012 by THCFinder
A state judge has ordered Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to fully implement a law passed by voters that allows medical-marijuana dispensaries in the state.
The judge also struck down several state regulations that concern the licensing of marijuana dispensaries.
The ruling, filed Wednesday, can be challenged but potentially clears the way for pot dispensaries to open in Arizona more than a year after voters approved them. A spokesman for Ms. Brewer said Thursday she hasn't decided about whether to appeal the ruling.
In 2010, Arizona voters passed a medical-marijuana law that allows patients to procure the drug from nonprofit dispensaries and designated care-givers. Ms. Brewer has consistently opposed the law.
Nearly 18,000 people in Arizona have permission to possess pot for medical use, state records show. Though dispensaries have so far been barred from opening, Arizona law allows patients and designated caregivers to grow small amounts of marijuana.
After the state law was passed, Dennis Burke, the Arizona U.S. attorney at the time, sent Ms. Brewer a letter reminding her that marijuana still is illegal under federal law.


Medical marijuana collective raided by feds

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, January, 19th 2012 by THCFinder

Looks like the crackdowns continues as another collective has been raided in Murrieta.

Federal agents searched a medical marijuana collective near Murrieta on Wednesday as part of an ongoing crackdown on such facilities and two people were arrested, authorities said.
Agents searched the Disabled American Veterans Collective, which occupies several suites in a business complex at 38372 Innovation Court in French Valley, said U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek. They also searched the Temecula home of the collective’s owner, Kevin O. Freeman.
Jail records show Freeman, 38, and Shelly Lee Walker, 28, of Murrieta, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale at the Innovation Court address by Riverside County sheriff’s investigators. They were booked into the Southwest Detention Center.


Authorities raid three Costa Mesa marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, January, 18th 2012 by THCFinder
Another sad day for our industry as three more medical marijuana facilities have been raided by the Federal Government.
COSTA MESA — At least three marijuana dispensaries in Costa Mesa were searched by federal authorities Tuesday along with the business owners' homes, American Collective dispensary owner Jeff Byrne confirmed.
According to FBI officials, the searches were conducted Tuesday morning by the Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with the U.S. attorney's office.
Byrne said authorities first searched the dispensary owners' homes before moving on to the businesses.
According to several blogs about marijuana dispensaries, the targeted businesses were American Collective, Otherside Farms and Simple Farmer.
The U.S. attorney's office said they will release more information later today.


Blue Ivy Strain Marijuana Sprouting Up In LA Weed Shops

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, January, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
We knew Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby Blue Ivy was going to be influential, but this just isn’t what we expected.
The week-old child is already racing up the Billboard charts with her cries audible on her dad’s song “Glory,” and she already has her own strain of marijuana named after her, reports TMZ.
According to the website, several weed dispensaries in Los Angeles are selling a new strain of pot called “OG Blue Ivy.” Of course, Beyonce and Jay-Z didn’t sign off on the new strain, but they don’t have a trademark on their daughter’s name and so far the stores haven’t received any sort of legal notice from the couple.


Feds crack down on CO medical pot dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, January, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
U.S. prosecutors in Colorado started a crackdown against nearly two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools, giving the proprietors 45 days to cease operations or face civil and criminal penalties.
U.S. Attorney John Walsh issued the ultimatum in letters to 23 dispensaries and landlords he said were in violation of federal and state law, a statement Thursday from the U.S. Justice Department said.
The move makes Colorado the latest battleground pitting federal prosecutors against storefront distributors of marijuana in states that have decriminalized marijuana for medical purposes.
"When the voters of Colorado passed the limited medical marijuana amendment in 2000, they could not have anticipated that their vote would be used to justify large marijuana stores located within blocks of our schools," Walsh said.



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