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Boulder Rejects Many Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Caregiver Applications

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, August, 8th 2011 by THCFinder
After less than one year of requiring marijuana shops to get local licenses, the City of Boulder has rejected a third of all applicants looking to run medical marijuana dispensaries or growing operations in the city, 7News reports.
 
According to The Daily Camera, a total of 41 of 119 applications have been rejected for reasons that include zoning problems or incomplete paperwork. However, in approximately half the cases the rejection stems from the criminal records of owners, operators and investors. These rejections are stirring up a lot of controversy due to the fact that these 41 applications were from existing businesses that had opened prior to the adoption of the new local licensing rules.
 
To date, 38 businesses have been given local licenses and many of the 41 rejected businesses are remaining open while they appeal the city’s decision, but others have closed shop or moved to other cities with less strict regulatory rules, 9News reports. 
 

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3 medical marijuana dispensaries close in Newport Beach

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, August, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Three medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Newport Beach have closed rather than face a civil order from the city, officials told the Daily Pilot.
 
Two of the dispensaries are in Santa Ana Heights, while the third is on the Balboa Peninsula.
 
The stores -- the West Coast Cure, Nature's Alternative Solutions, the Healing Tree -- shuttered last month after the Newport Beach City Council authorized nuisance-abatement proceedings in late May. Each dispensary received notices of zoning violations stating the city would file a civil nuisance abatement action with the Orange County Superior Court if it didn't close, said city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan.
 
West Coast Cure manager Jerett Wasserman said he was disappointed that his store was forced to close. He said he is looking into reopening in another city, possibly Costa Mesa.
 
"I did want to fight for my patients," Wasserman said, adding that it was "a battle" he couldn't win against the city.
 
In a closed-session City Council meeting in May, the council decided to take legal action against the dispensaries and authorized staff to begin nuisance-abatement proceedings.
 

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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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