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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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Medical marijuana dispensaries battle to remain in San Diego

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, July, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
The controversial issue of regulating medical marijuana dispensaries was front and center at City Hall on Monday afternoon.
 
This is all about the City's new regulations on the storefront collectives, and whether they should be repealed.
 
Last April, after much debate, discussion which included a city medical marijuana task force, the City Council adopted new restrictions regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. But, medical marijuana advocates say the council ignored the task force and adopted restrictions which are unreasonable.
 
"The medical marijuana task force made wonderful recommendations that were not implemented, they were changed at the last minute into zoning restrictions and they were made much more restrictive than they were intended to be," said one activist who addressed the council.
 
Foremost among them: requiring the City's estimated 160 collectives to shut down and apply for permits. Also, the dispensaries would be limited to certain commercial and industrial zones, at least 600 feet from one another, as well as from schools, parks and churches.
 
Advocates went out and collected enough signatures to qualify a ballot measure on the issue.
 
Monday, the council was faced with a choice: conduct an expensive election or repeal the ordinance.
 
Supporters of strict regulations say the proliferation of such clinics has led to abuse, especially among young adults.
 
"I can't understand why the shops are still open without businesses licenses, that's not legal," said one supporter.
 
Medical marijuana advocate Donna Lambert appeared on KUSI's Good Morning San Diego.
 
"That is the one main reasons why it's important for us to work with the council and the police to end such abuses, we can do that by bringing the issue out of the shadows and into the mainstream, we can get rid of that," said Lambert.
 
Under the headline, "be careful what you wish for," the City Council reluctantly voted six-to-two to repeal the ordinance, rather than spend upwards of a million dollars for an election.
 
Council members cautioned that since a compromise wasn't reached, it's likely none will ever be able to be found.
 
Which could lead to a moratorium or an outright ban of medical marijuana dispensaries in the City.
 

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Medical Marijuana High On San Diego Councilâs Agenda

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, July, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO — On a hot, steamy day in July, Vey Linville stands in front of a medical marijuana collective in Pacific Beach. Despite the warm weather, 50-year-old Linville looks dapper in a crisp, gray suit. A tube snakes up from the oxygen tank sitting beside him and curls under his nose. Linville is suffering from severe emphysema. He rejected his doctor’s suggestion he undergo a double lung transplant. Instead, he turned to medical marijuana.
 
Above: A marijuana plant from the home of medical marijuana advocate Dennis Peron.
"I joined a collective here in San Diego and drank cannabis medicines and was able to stop taking all the pharmaceuticals they were giving me to breathe," he said. "And I have been able to not get a transplant and continue living."
 
Linville is perhaps the model medical marijuana patient: Someone with a serious disease who uses cannabis to help alleviate his suffering.
 
He and other supports say San Diego’s regulations on collectives are too harsh. Among the restrictions, a 600-foot buffer is required between a collective and schools, churches, parks and other areas. Supporters say that effectively bans collectives in the city.
 
"If this ordinance had taken effect, what we have seen is a mass closure of every single facility in the city of San Diego," said Eugene Davidovich, with the San Diego Chapter of American’s for Safe Access." "And then, maybe, a small handful opening up a year down the line. So you have a year with no access."
 
Now supporters have gathered enough signatures to let voters decide in June whether the regulations should stand or not. The petition drive is forcing the city council to reconsider the issue. It can either repeal the current regulations or let the voters decide.
 
Councilwoman Marti Emerald called the latest move frustrating.
 
"I believe this referendum is totally driven by people who operate these shops and don’t want the city messing with their cash flow. I think that’s it," she said.
 

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More dispensaries than Starbucks stores in Denver? So what?

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, July, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Back in the fall of 2009, trying to get a handle on the growing medical marijuana business, Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown visited Los Angeles, where he discovered that there were more dispensaries than Starbucks outlets. In January 2010, the Denver Post reported that there were now more dispensaries than Starbucks stores in Denver -- a statement that got a lot of international attention when William Breathes repeated it two weeks ago on NPR. But here's the real question: So what?
 
Wouldn't we rather have more dispensaries than Starbucks stores? After all, Starbucks outlets compete with all the mom-and-pop coffee shops that struggle in this city. Fewer Starbucks stores could simply mean more hometown java joints.
 
Under Colorado rules, dispensaries here are all essentially homegrown outfits -- and all compete with each other. They also took on spaces that landlords were desperate to lease after the economy went to hell and may have represented Denver's only real growth industry over the last three years.
 
For the record, within Denver city limits, Starbucks reports that it has 44 of its own stores, along with a certain number of franchises that it declines to reveal. Meanwhile, there are close to 200 dispensaries -- the numbers are always shifting, but the trend shows the total heading down as competition shakes out the market.
 
And when a space opens up, maybe a local coffeehouse will move in.
 

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The Federal Crackdown on Oregon Dispensaries Claims a Victim

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, July, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
This past spring, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Dwight Holton followed the lead of several U.S. attorneys in other states and issued a strongly worded letter warning medical-marijuana dispensaries—and their landlords—that they were violating federal drug-trafficking laws.
 
Now, Holton's campaign—which he said led to a death threat against his staff—has claimed a victim in Portland.
 
The Foster Healing Center, a nonprofit dispensary in Southeast Portland that started up last November, closed its doors after Holton issued his letter in June. Foster Healing Director Steve Geiger says his landlord cited Holton's letter and forced him to close the dispensary and alternative-medical clinic.
 
"If it wasn't for our landlord, we were willing to stay right up until they raided us. We felt strongly what we were doing was right," Geiger says.
 
Geiger and the operators of other dispensary-style clubs and collectives maintain such setups are legal under Oregon law. But Washington County deputies raided a dispensary-style club in Aloha last month. And possessing or selling marijuana remains illegal under federal statutes. 
 
"Was money exchanged and people walked out with cannabis? Yes. Was it done in a way we feel was in line with the law? Yes,” Geiger says. 
 

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