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.


Brewer lifts hold on medical pot dispensaries process in AZ

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, January, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday she will begin processing applications for medical marijuana dispensaries.
In a released statement, the governor said she will drop her federal lawsuit seeking clarification on the conflict between federal drug laws and the state's voter-approved medical pot law.
But Brewer said she will not issue dispensary licenses until other legal challenges are resolved.
Several lawsuits are pending in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking to force Brewer to allow dispensaries. She put the process on hold in June just days before it was to begin, saying she needed assurance from federal officials that state employees would not be prosecuted.
"Know this: I won't hesitate to halt state involvement in the (medical marijuana act) if I receive indication that state employees face prosecution due to their duties in administering the law," Brewer said in a statement.
Brewer said she still wants that assurance and sent a letter to the acting U.S. attorney for Arizona, Ann Scheel.
"If there are certain actions state employees should avoid or specific licensing and regulatory activities that concern the Department of Justice, I ask that you communicate those concerns to me immediately," she wrote.


DEA agents raid 3 local medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, January, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Another sad day for the medical marijuana industry and it's patients who count on medical marijuana to get by day to day with their ailements.
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The DEA has raided three San Diego medical marijuana clinics for violating federal law.
Warrants were served at two collectives on University Avenue, and one on Garnet in Pacific Beach. The federal government informed the three clinics they had 45 days to either shut down or face criminal charges.
Supporters of medical marijuana protested outside the Golden West clinic in North Park as federal agents confiscated marijuana and related equipment.
"It's a total violation of state rights. California legalized medical marijuana. For the federal government to come in like this is a slap in the face to every Californian," protester Alfonso Padilla said.
At least one person was arrested.


Vermont dispensaries inch closer to opening

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, January, 11th 2012 by THCFinder
The Department of Public safety answers questions posed by the legislature about how Vermont can implement medical marijuana dispensaries. 
Vermont has more than 400 registered medical marijuana patients. Many are eagerly anticipating the scheduled July opening of dispensaries, but several hurdles must be cleared before that becomes a reality. 
A recently released report cleared one such hurdle Tuesday, as Vermont's Department of Public Safety answered three questions posed by the legislature.
The first task for the administrators, determine the actual and projected costs of administering the state's new medical marijuana dispensary law.
"There's no general fund monies that will be used to offset this program, it will all be generated through fees," said Paco Aumand, a division director at the Department of Public Safety.
He says fees that will be imposed on dispensaries and patients are based on the projected cost of the program. The report estimates those costs to be slightly less than $140,000 in fiscal year 2013 - most of which would be paid by the dispensaries.
Question number two asked administrators how dispensaries could deliver marijuana to patients.  "We offer no recommendation as to whether it should be done but we've come up with a concept that's been used in Maine," said Aumand.
Currently, the law prohibits marijuana delivery, but if lawmakers change that, Aumand envisions a ticket system for packages. In-transit marijuana would be locked, and marked with the name of the sender, recipient, and its contents.
Aumand said the final question - whether patients who receive marijuana from a dispensary should also be able to grow their own medicine - can't be fully-answered yet. That's banned under the law, but two thirds of respondents to a patient survey say they'd like to see that changed.
"Therefore our preliminary position is that possession limits should really be the guiding principle around whether a person should grow marijuana versus getting it from a dispensary," said Aumand.
The department has requested more time to consider that question. Aumand said they'll likely reinvestigate that matter once dispensaries are in place.
He said he also expects a committee to present new proposed rules for medical marijuana to the legislature in a couple of weeks time. 
Aumand said federal raids on dispensaries in other states have not had any real bearing on Vermont's program. The federal prosecutor for Vermont said he hasn't seen the report yet and therefore had no comment.



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