Fed threat gets results as Calif pot shops close

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, October, 21st 2011 by THCFinder

Cities are now turning to the Feds for help with shutting down dispensaries in their area instead of trying to regulate and tax them. They continue to turn away Medical Marijuana Patients to street dealers to obtain their medication.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A letter from federal prosecutors accomplished what nearly $600,000 in legal fees couldn't do in this Orange County suburb: it shut down medical marijuana shops.
Two weeks after California's four U.S. attorneys announced they were cracking down on dozens of operations across the state growing and selling medical pot illegally, all eight collectives that occupied the second floor of a Lake Forest mini-mall have closed.
Across the Central District of California, which stretches from Santa Barbara to San Bernardino counties, many of the 38 clinics have closed because landlords, threatened with criminal charges or seizure of their assets, were given just 14 days to evict their clients, a period that expires Friday. Other districts in California gave pot dispensaries more time to comply.
Some smaller California communities like Lake Forest have struggled in recent years to regulate the clinics, while others have banned pot shops altogether. Cities such as Los Angeles and San Jose have sought to rein in a large number of collectives that have cropped up. The fight has cost local municipalities millions of dollars in legal fees as it has shifted between city halls and courtrooms.


Medical marijuana could change the rules for AZ businesses

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, October, 20th 2011 by THCFinder

Will Arizona medical marijuana patients be able to take their medication while working or on a lunch break? These are just a few of the questions being asked as Arizonas medical marijuana laws are hopefully start taking effect soon.

We still don't know when or even if Arizona's voter-approved medical marijuana law will get the all clear to take effect, but it's already causing a shake-up with employers.
CBS 5 News wanted to know what local bosses are doing to get ready.
"Did you ever think you'd have to come up with a whole new set of rules for something like marijuana?" asked reporter Elizabeth Erwin.
"No, I really didn't," said Chandler Unified School District Board President Barb Mozdzen.
It's something the board has already done.
They've even written a brand new policy to cover it.
"Like alcohol and tobacco, we prohibit the use of marijuana on the campuses, whether it's medical marijuana or illegal drug," Mozdzen said.
There are some noticeable differences from regular marijuana rules.
"If you are a medical marijuana user at home and you still have traces of marijuana in your system and there is a drug test done, that does not count against you," Mozdzen said.
Which begs the question: What about the millions of other working Arizonans? What if someone in your office has their card?
Their bosses will have to decide if medical marijuana is OK to be smoked at work.
State law already states you can't drive if you're under the influence, but will people be able to bring it into the office?
Smoke it on their lunch break?
Arizona businesses are working with their human resources departments to answer all these questions.


Legislators To Feds: Stop Attacking Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, October, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
Two California lawmakers on Wednesday joined medical marijuana patients, dispensary operators and advocates to call for an immediate end to the federal government's broad crackdown on dispensaries.
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors announced plans for sweeping criminal prosecutions against medical marijuana dispensaries across California, threatening landlords with eviction, property seizures and even imprisonment.
"I urge the federal government to stand down in its massive attack on medical marijuana dispensaries, which will have devastating impacts for the state of California," said Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). "At a time when resources are precious and few, federal officials have chosen to waste time and money in an ambush that will harm countless patients who will no longer be able to safely access doctor-recommended treatments."


Feds raid first two Valley marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, October, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

Sacremento continues to be harasses by federal agents coming in guns blazing shutting down dispensaries in the area.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two marijuana dispensaries in Sacramento and Stockton have become the first in the valley to be forcibly shut down as part of a federal crackdown on California pot shops.
The Medizen Cooperative at 2201 Northgate Blvd. in Sacramento and the Central Valley Caregivers Cooperative at 3260 Tomahawk Drive in Stockton were raided by DEA agents on Monday.
"Full gear. Machine-type guns, not handguns," recalled Charlie White, who works for a neighboring business in the same Stockton industrial complex and watched drug agents swarm Central Valley Caregivers.


Colo. medical marijuana dispensaries join union

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries are getting a boost in political clout after they joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
The U.S. Justice Department has warned that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws, which union members are vowing to fight.
Daniel J. Rush, a national marijuana dispensary organizer for the union, said dispensary owners are at war with the U.S. Justice Department in California over the issue, and he believes the unions can help them.
"They declared war on us, we didn't declare war on them," Rush said.
Dispensaries in Michigan, California, and Washington state also are seeking union backing.


Feds move in to shut down marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

More dispensaries are being shut down by the Federal government keeping good on their promise to start cracking down on dispensaries to leave medical marijuana patients hanging high and dry without their medication.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Another week, another shutdown. Medizen medical marijuana dispensary on Northgate Boulevard in Sacramento was shut down early Monday morning. It is a city-licensed business, but that hasn't stopped the feds from moving in.
Several weeks ago, federal prosecutors in California announced they plan on cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries. Even though medical marijuana is legal in this state, it's still considered an illegal drug by the federal government.
DEA agents began clearing out the Medizen dispensary even before it opened for business Monday. Agents also raided Central Valley Caregivers Co-operative in Stockton about the same time.
A Medizen employee told News10 that his his manager and landlord were never notified by letter or by the federal government. The business was forced to shut down without warning.
"I was supposed to open at 10 a.m. They got here at 7:30. I heard... they came in and basically took all our stuff, seized everything, took all our cash and product and stuff and that's basically it," said employee Mike Amarao."They just said they're shutting all the clubs down in Sacramento, that's all we heard."



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