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Brea Residents Protest City Bans On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, August, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
As California cracks down on medical marijuana dispensaries, advocates of the herb's health benefits protest. Brea's City Hall endured the wrath of about 30 medical marijuana supporters on Tuesday evening, objecting the city's mission to close down three local dispensaries, reports The OC Register. Protestors waved signs at traffic; one sign read "RESPECT STATE LAW."
 
The battle to shut down the dispensaries spans the last seven months and has reportedly cost the city about $350,000 in legal fees thus far.
 
"They are being frivolous by throwing money at this," said Al Gutierrez, 64. "The people at these dispensaries need it. It is a medicine."
 
Guiterrez is one of many patients who consumes cannabis for illness-related pain. Currently fighting prostate cancer, he is a retired computer programmer and Vietnam veteran. Guiterrez joined yesterday's protests.
 
Why shut down the clinics? Apparently, a city law bans medical marijuana dispensaries. Clinics argue that the city ban violates state law. In March a judge ordered the closure of all three dispensaries. The clinics declined to shut down, igniting further legal action.
 
"I am not happy about the $350,000, but if we had not pursued them aggressively, we might have 20 or more in the city and then we would have to fight them all," said Mayor Roy Moore in an interview today. "Then the bill would get even higher."
 
Brea resident Gail Anderson feels that the city is only damaging the local economy and forcing patients to travel longer distances for their medicine.
 
"I want to be able to get my medicine, and I want to feel safe when I get my medicine," she said. " This is my city, and I want to stay here and spend my money here."
 

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Lake Forest shuts down two more pot shops

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, August, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder
LAKE FOREST – Two more medical marijuana dispensaries will be closed following settlement agreements reached with the city, officials announced on Wednesday.
 
The settlement agreements include a permanent injunction against the use of property located in the city in violation of the city's municipal code, state law, federal law including the possession, cultivation or distribution of marijuana in the city, City Attorney Scott Smith said.
 
Pelican Investments LLC, the current owner of a building in which Vale Tudu Cafe operates at 24601 Raymond Way, has agreed to start eviction proceedings immediately, Smith said.
 
In the agreement reached with the city, no new marijuana shops are allowed to open in the building. The landlord has also agreed to investigate any other suspected pot shops on any other property owned within the city.
 
In another settlement Lake Forest Patients Collective at 24602 Raymond Way, Ste. 208.and its owner Steve Fennell have agreed to immediately shut down.
 
"We are pleased with the two judgments and will continue to pursue litigation against existing business operators, leasing agents and property owners," Smith said. "These judgments should serve as a warning to any potential business operator and property owner that
marijuana stores violate the city's zoning ode and that the city will tale legal action close these illegal businesses."
 
Smith said that 10 dispensaries are still operating in the city. The city is in litigation with all of these.
 

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Councillor concern led to dispensary raid

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, August, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
The police raid that closed the Langley Medical Marijuana Dispensary came after Langley City Councillor Rudy Storteboom complained to Mayor Peter Fassbender.
 
Both men confirmed there was a discussion in which the councillor brought up the dispensary, which is located in a condo unit next to a suite that Storteboom owns and leases to a hairdresser.
 
“He [Storteboom] indicated there was some concern,” Fassbender said.
 
“There was a break-in [at the dispensary] right after it opened,” Storteboom said.
 
The mayor said he told the councillor that if the strata council that represents the owners believed illegal activities were being carried out, they should go to the police.
 
Storteboom told The Times that he relayed the mayor’s message to the strata council.
 
Langley RCMP raided the dispensary on July 19, saying it was in response to “numerous ongoing complaints from the community and area residents.”
 
The mayor also attended the annual general meeting of the building owners on Wednesday (July 27).
 
Fassbender said he was invited by the building manager and strata president (not Storteboom) to explain the city’s position.
 
“Marijuana dispensaries or compassion clubs are not legal operations under any Canadian law,” Fassbender said.
 
He advised the owners they could send a cease-and-desist order to dispensary owner Randy Caine.
 
Caine also attended the meeting.
 
“He [Fassbender] told them they could kick me out,” Caine said.
 
“This is ludicrous. This is a matter that hasn’t been decided by the Crown [the prosecutor’s office which decides whether to lay charges following a police raid].”
 
Caine said he has no plans to resume selling marijuana from the condo.
 
Both Fassbender and Storteboom said Ottawa needs to reform the current medical marijuana system by distributing medical pot through pharmacies like any other doctor-prescribed drug.
 
“I don’t understand why this place [the dispensary] is operating at all,” Storteboom said.
 

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North Hollywood medical-marijuana shop Starbudz closed by city attorney

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, July, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced Thursday it has closed down and evicted a North Hollywood medical marijuana shop.
 
The shop, Starbudz Inc., and the property owner, Eric Matuschek, were notified in January of community complaints and violations of the state narcotics laws, according to officials with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's office. Also, they said Starbudz failed to file a notice to register under the city's temporary law governing medical marijuana sales.
 
Efforts to contact Matuschek and the store were unsuccessful.
 
The Sheriff's Department cleared the property on Wednesday, after several months of court proceedings, seizing more than 3.5 kilograms of marijuana, 37 plants and food items. Also taken into custody was a 3-foot long iguana.
 
Starbudz was ordered to pay $35,290 to cover the city's attorney fees and costs.
 

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Burnaby medical marijuana dispensary raided by police

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, July, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
The Metrotown Medical Marijuana Dispensary was raided by Burnaby RCMP Thursday.
 
Burnaby's first medical marijuana dispensary opened on April 15 and is located at 4927 Kingsway.
 
The move shocked marijuana activists, who said the centre, which has been operating for nearly four months, follows all the same rules and procedures established by other B.C. dispensaries and has offered "cooperation to both the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby RCMP."
 
"At a time when the courts are striking down the medical marijuana laws because sick and suffering Canadians can't access this medicine, I'm very surprised that Burnaby RCMP would take this step." Kirk Tousaw, executive director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation and attorney for the dispensary, said in a statement. "We will, if necessary, vigorously pursue a defence on Charter grounds and I have every reason to think it will be successful."
 
There have been several other raids on medical marijuana dispensary in B.C. recently, as the federal government cracks down on medical and non-medical marijuana users.
 
In an April interview with the Burnaby NOW, Metrotown Medicinal Society director Britney Anne said the society invited the Burnaby RCMP to the opening to address any concerns law enforcement might have, but officers did not attend.
 
Health Canada does not license such organizations to possess, produce or distribute marijuana for medical purposes, according to a government press release.
 
 

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Dispensary raid sadistic

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, July, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
Dear Editor,
 
I like to think that people want to do what's best and are merely ignorant about marijuana.
 
But I'm beginning to think some people are either so brainwashed by decades of propaganda, are willfully ignorant for political convenience, or are morally irregular people.
 
There is something sadistic and borderline psychopathic about stealing medicine from sick people.
 
Randy Caine has done everything right. He has worked as closely with the RCMP and local authorities as he possibly can, and is doing it for ill people.
 
He is providing a service that Health Canada has failed to provide, despite multiple court rulings stating that they must provide access to marijuana as medicine or risk violating Charter rights.
 
The dispensary system is more convenient for ill people and provides the type of symptom-specific strain selection needed to treat conditions as wide-ranging as migraine headaches, MS, cancer, and bipolar disorder.
 
I hope the RCMP and the politicians who support these raids feel proud of themselves.
 
They continue to lock up the young people and Native peoples of this country disproportionately, and continue to raid dispensaries to steal medicine from ill people.
 
All that is to "save us" from a substance that was initially banned based on racist fear-mongering before we understood any of the science behind it.
 
Every "danger" initially assumed, from - gasp - your white daughter dating a nonwhite man (an actual argument in favour of prohibition at the time), to the gateway drug theory, to physical addiction, has been debunked.
 
But thank god the police are stealing it from cancer patients. I feel much safer.
 
I know I was at risk of a cancer patient stealing my car stereo for pot money any day now.
 
Travis Erbacher, Langley
 

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