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Phoenix police raid medical-marijuana business

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, October, 13th 2011 by THCFinder

Arizona continues to go after dispensaries and push medical marijuana patients to the street to try and find their meds.

Phoenix police seized records, cash and high-grade marijuana after serving a search warrant at a Phoenix medical-marijuana club Wednesday.
 
Detectives believe Club 2811, 17233 N. Holmes Blvd., Suite 1615, twisted Arizona’s medical-marijuana law for profit, according to police. Six employees of the business were detained and questioned by police.
 
Police say the case will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
 
Club 2811 was closed Wednesday. The business sent out a release stating, “The 2811 Club remains undaunted and will reopen tomorrow to allow patients to freely exchange their medical marijuana pursuant to the provisions of the medical marijuana act.”
 
If the business were to sell medical marijuana for profit again, detectives will likely return, according to a police statement.
 

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San Diego judge orders nine pot dispensaries to close

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, October, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

San Diego is on an rampage again to start closing down medical marijuana dispensaries. A recent judgement ruled against medical marijuana dispensaries resulted in 9 dispensaries being told to shut down.

A San Diego judge Wednesday ordered nine medical marijuana dispensaries to shut down, ruling that the operations violate city zoning laws.
 
Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager granted a request by San Diego City Atty. Jan Goldsmith to order the closures. Injunction requests against four other dispensaries were delayed until next week so hearings can be scheduled.
 
"We have shut down about 40 illegal marijuana dispensaries in the past 12 months," Goldsmith said. "But we have a lot more work to do."
 
Even after the nine dispensaries close, the city has more than 150 marijuana dispensaries.
 
What the city does not have is an ordinance regulating where marijuana dispensaries can open.
 

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Feds threaten marijuana dispensary landlords

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, October, 5th 2011 by THCFinder

The federal government continues to find new ways to try and shut down access to cannabis for medical marijuana patients. They are going as far as to threaten landlords with taking away their properties and seizing any funds dispensaries are paying for rent.

The Federal government still gives 4 patients Federally funded medical marijuana, yet they continue to try and shut down dispensaries across the country and cut off people with serious ailments from being able to legally obtain their medication.

SACRAMENTO, CA - The federal government is warning landlords who rent to marijuana dispensaries that they risk losing their property.
 
Despite California law allowing the sale and use of medicinal marijuana, the federal government still considers it a crime.
 
A certified letter from the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco alerts landlords that they could not only lose their property, but also any rent paid by the dispensary operator.
 
"The dispensary is operating in violation of federal law," the letter states. "Property involved in such operations, including real property, is subject to seizure by and forfeiture to the United States."
 

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No Evidence Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Cause Crime, RAND Study Finds

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

Another excuse busted by the RAND team! I'm sure officials and police will just continue to come up with new bullshit excuses before people have to step up and show them that it's just propaganda and that their lies have no merit!

Opponents of medical marijuana dispensaries have long argued that they are magnets for criminality, but a study released last week by the RAND Corporation does not support that contention. The RAND study found that crime rates rose in surrounding neighborhoods when dispensaries were shut down when compared to areas where dispensaries were allowed to stay open.
 
[image:1 align:left caption:true]The study examined neighborhoods in Los Angeles for 10 days before and 10 days after more than 70% of the 638 dispensaries in the city were shut down on June 7, 2010. Researchers found that incidents such as break-ins rose in neighborhoods where dispensaries were shut down.
 
In the immediate blocks surrounding closed dispensaries, crime increased 60% more than in the blocks surrounding dispensaries that were allowed to stay open. Those effects in the immediate vicinity were not apparent across a wider area.
 
"If medical marijuana dispensaries are causing crime, then there should be a drop in crime when they close," said Mireille Jacobson, the study's lead author and a senior economist at RAND. "Individual dispensaries may attract crime or create a neighborhood nuisance, but we found no evidence that medical marijuana dispensaries in general cause crime to rise."
 
 

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Tempe medical-marijuana clinic raided by DEA

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, September, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
One of the few locations that were trying to help medical marijuana patients in Arizona has been raided and shut down by the DEA.
 
A medical-marijuana clinic owner and his girlfriend were arrested after the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the Tempe facility Thursday morning.
 
James Chaney and Rachael Beeder were booked into Maricopa County jail, according to DEA spokeswoman Ramona Sanchez.
 
Charges were pending. The two will most likely face charges of illegal distribution of marijuana, said Sanchez.
 
Chaney is the owner of Arizona Go Green Compassion Club, near Rural and Southern avenues.
 
The DEA was serving a search warrant for the location.
 
"Essentially what we discovered is that they were illegally distributing marijuana for a fee," Sanchez said. "Which of course is a federal violation."
 
The investigation is continuing, and further arrests were possible, Sanchez said.
 
 

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Cash-only for medical marijuana at some dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, September, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
Credit card companies are out to stop patients from being able to obtain their medication or atleast making it harder on them anyways. When was the last time you walked into a store to buy your medication to be told you can't use a Credit Card becuase Visa and Mastercard don't want to accept transactions from dispensaries or anything related to the marijuana industry.
 
DENVER - More and more consumers are turning exclusively to credit and debit cards to pay their daily bills, leaving their cash in the bank.
 
Some medical marijuana patients say that's a problem because some metro area dispensaries have had their credit card machines pulled from the stores.
 
One dispensary asked us to find out why, and we learned the problem might be with the credit card machine vendors.
 
The metro area dispensary owner who contacted us says her vendor blamed it on major credit card companies, saying the companies no longer approve of medical marijuana purchases.
 
However, one medical marijuana lawyer thinks it's the vendors who are a little worried about the federal laws.
 
Robert Lipscombe says he's a Vietnam veteran and needs medical marijuana for post traumatic stress disorder.
 
On Wednesday morning when he went to fill his prescription at the dispensary he goes to, he pulled out a credit card to pay for the medical marijuana.
 
"She said, 'You can't use your credit cards in here no more,' and I said, 'What?'" Lipscombe said.
 
We talked to the owner of the dispensary Lipscombe is a patient at. She didn't want us to use her name or dispensary's name.
 
"My customers are outraged," the woman said.
 
She says it all started a few days ago when her credit card machine vendor called.
 
"I got a phone call from United Payment Services and they said, 'Shut the machines down right now,' and I asked why, and they said Visa and Mastercard were no longer allowing purchases to be used for medical marijuana," the dispensary owner said.
 
 

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