Voters May Save Pot Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, December, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana dispensaries that are being run out of San Diego have unveiled a proposed ballot measure to help them survive.
The proposed initiative would set a 2.5-percent sales tax for the storefront collectives and prohibit them within 600 feet of schools and playgrounds. The 18-page measure also lays out security and inspection requirements.
"Our intent is to bring back safe access to medical cannabis for qualified patients," said Jessica McElfresh with the Patient Care Association of California, which helped to draft the proposal.
Proponents will need to collect about 62,000 voter signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
"Voters have almost always overwhelmingly supported medical marijuana responsible regulation," McElfresh said.
San Diego's city attorney has sued collectives for violating local zoning laws.
Federal authorities also are cracking down on the dispensaries and even if the local initiative passes they'd remain illegal under federal law. Last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office sent a letter to pot shop landlords, saying if they do not kick out the dispensaries, the landlords could lose their own property.
In October, a San Diego court ruled that marijuana dispensaries could not be permitted within the city limits.
“I think it is clear that building owners and dispensaries that don’t voluntarily close their doors will be held accountable for violations of the law,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a media release in October. “We are obligated to enforce the law and we will do so.”
The initiative would address the city’s ordinance, according to the Patient Care Association of California’s website.


Berkeley Collective Offers Potent Marijuana Christmas Trees

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, December, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

The Patients Care Collective (PCC) in Berkeley, California, has been helping medical marijuana patients for more than 10 years now, having originally opened their doors back in 2001. They're a festive group; during the holidays they help patients celebrate the season with yummy, cannabis "Christmas Trees" augmented with potent concentrates.

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Riverside County OKs action against medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, December, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
Already facing a potential crackdown by federal authorities, some Coachella Valley medical marijuana dispensaries must now contend with a new, local push to shut them down.
During its closed session meeting Tuesday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorized its attorneys to sue any pot shops in unincorporated areas — plus any property owners who allow them to operate — unless those dispensaries immediately close.
Riverside County has prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries from operating on unincorporated land since 2006.
Last year, county supervisors briefly considered an ordinance that would have regulated these dispensaries but later stepped back and decided to uphold the ban.
Nonetheless, dozens of storefronts have sprouted in the unincorporated county in recent years, including a cluster of at least 11 dispensaries presently open in Thousand Palms, according to online dispensary locator
County officials estimated as many as 47 in unincorporated areas last year, and they know of at least 36 such dispensaries.
Part of what has led to the county's medical marijuana boom are “vaguely written laws” on the state level, according to an October 2010 letter from County Counsel Pamela J. Walls to The Desert Sun.
Several owners of dispensaries who would be affected by the county's latest plan were unavailable or declined to comment late Tuesday.
Local patients and proponents of medical pot have endured several setbacks in the past few months.
The supervisors' unanimous vote Tuesday, according to a news release, was “buoyed” by last month's state appellate court ruling, which upheld the city of Riverside's ban on dispensaries.
That ruling followed an October announcement by the state's four federal prosecutors of a broad effort to close pot clubs, in particular, by sending landlords who rent space to pot dispensaries letters threatening to seize their property under federal drug trafficking laws.
The county's ban only applies to unincorporated areas, and Tuesday's action does not appear to affect Palm Springs — the only city in Riverside County to allow a limited number of dispensaries.
Outside of Thousand Palms, Palm Springs has the largest cluster of medicinal marijuana dispensaries, with at least 10 brick-and-mortar locations and a half-dozen delivery services listed on the WeedMaps website.
However, most of those locations are illegal under the city's ordinance regulating medical cannabis.
Palm Springs allows only up to three locations within its borders.


Medical Marijuana Collectives Raided in MI

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, December, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
Three medical-marijuana businesses in the Traverse City area were raided this afternoon by state narcotics officers.
State police executed warrants at two locations of Collective Inc, and at M-22 Collective.
A spokesman in Lansing says the businesses are not operating within Michigan's medical marijuana law.
That law allows only registered caregivers to sell marijuana to a certain number of patients.
Dispensaries in Michigan have operated under the belief that the law also allows patients to sell the drug to other patients, but the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled this summer such businesses are not legal.
No one at the dispensaries could be reached for comment.  
City officials say there are seven other medical marijuana businesses operating within city limits.


Sacramento County Bans Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, December, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
After months of debate, Sacramento County has brought the hammer down on marijuana dispensaries.
The county board of supervisors voted Dec. 6 to update its zoning code to ban any land use that violates federal, state law or both, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The county planning commission opposed the move, but Interim Planning Manager Leighann Moffitt last week blamed that decision on "confusion" and concerns.
Only seven dispenaries are left open, with two more expected to close soon, Moffitt said.
After hearing numerous public comments, the board voted 4-1 to ban dispensaries. Supervisor Phil Serna was the sole dissenting vote, saying the zoning code amendment wouldn't change current county policy.
As soon as the item passed, several audience members erupted into protest.


Free Pot with Donation to Marijuana Dispensary Has Stoners Giving Back

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, December, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
Like most medical marijuana dispensaries, Granny Purps in Soquel, CA sometimes struggles with an image problem. While it genuinely believes it’s helping people, pot remains illegal at the federal level and the “stoner” culture often stigmatizes what is otherwise a legitimate operation.
However, Granny Purps is trying to redeem itself in the eyes of the public. For the second year in a row, it’s feeding the less-fortunate by offering an unusual trade — one free joint for every six cans of donated food.
“It helps feed tons of people,” says Nancy Black, sales manager at Granny Purps. Since the joints usually cost $10 each, which must be paid for out-of-pocket, the program also “helps people who sometimes can’t get their medication on their own.”
But good deed or not, some groups won’t accept the food because it comes from a marijuana dispensary and they’re afraid of public backlash. Black says that 12,000 pounds of food was rejected by a local food bank last year, and although Granny Purps was hurt and upset, it had little trouble finding an alternative recipient.
“The issue can be a hot potato,” admits Linda Lovelace (no relation to the legendary porn star), operations director for Valley Churches United Missions. Though, she adds that when there’s a real need to feed the hungry, any possible stigma attached to the source of donations becomes less important.
“The demand is so high that the food is coming in one door and going out the other as fast as it’s coming in,” she says. “We’re just feeding people.”



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