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Three charged at marijuana dispensary (with documents)

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Staffers at a Handy Township medical marijuana dispensary distributed their product to a "patient" not assigned to them under the law, according to an affidavit released Wednesday.
 
As a result, the Livingston County prosecutor's office has charged Marshall Alternatives owners Alan Marshall, 39, and Christi Marshall, 37, with delivery of marijuana. Alan Marshall, who faces two counts, is charged as a habitual offender, which means he faces up to eight years in prison if convicted as charged. His wife faces up to four years.
 
Dispensary employee Stephanie Lynn Baxter, 30, also has been charged with two counts of delivery of marijuana.
 
The three, who are card-carrying caregivers, are expected to turn themselves in for arraignment, which had not occurred Wednesday.
 
Defense attorney Wilson Tanner, who represents the Marshalls, confirmed his clients have been charged. He said the Marshalls plan to turn themselves in today for arraignment.
 
The Feb. 28 delivery is outlined in the affidavit, which notes the "patient" was actually a Livingston and Washtenaw Narcotics Team officer who used a fictitious driver's license and Michigan medical marijuana card to allegedly purchase marijuana from Alan Marshall, who co-operates Marshall Alternatives at 165 Fowlerville Road, north of Mason Road and about four miles south of the village of Fowlerville.
 
The affidavit further notes that a defense for the medical use of marijuana "exists only for a registered caregiver who is connected to the patient through the Department of Community Health's registration process." Yet, the fake marijuana card identifies the "patient" — an undercover officer — as a patient only, with no caregiver designated.
 

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Dispensaries having banking issues across the US

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

It's time a bank steps up to the plate and realize the opporunity they are missing out on!

Operator and supporters of marijuana dispensaries say banks are turning away their businesses because they risk falling afoul of anti-money-laundering and drug-trafficking laws.

Sue Harank, co-owner of Denver-based dispensary Alpine Herbal Wellness, said her accounts were closed in two banks and the credit union, after she opened a shop in March 2010.
 
"Both banks and the credit union pursued our business initially and said they had talked to the corporate office and run it through legal, but a month or two later they all reversed themselves," she said.
 
The largest U.S. bank, Bank of America Corp, said it started withdrawing services from dispensaries after receiving a warning from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in late 2007 or early 2008.
 

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Beaumont dispensaries raided

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Law enforcement officials raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Beaumont in the early afternoon of June 21, serving search warrants at its nondescript location on 6th Street and four other locations, and arresting five people, including its owner, Art Moreno, 39, of Yucaipa.
 
Members of the Allied Riverside Cities Narcotic Enforcement Team (ARCNET) concluded a seven-month long criminal investigation of Oak Tree Alternative Care. The business had been operating their under the guise of medicinal marijuana collective since it has leased its location in 2008.
 
ARCNET determined that the business was operating outside the scope of California Senate Bill 420 (known as the Medical Marijuana Program Act) and Proposition 215 (The Compassionate Use Act of 1996). As a result of the criminal investigation findings a search warrant was secured for five locations associated with the business, to include residences for the owner and managers of the Oak Tree Alternative business.
 
Oak Tree Alternative Care had been paying fines for violating city codes since August 2009, and paid the city of Beaumont approximately $600,000, according to Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coe. Now that the entity has been identified and shut down as a criminal enterprise, it will no longer pay fines, he said.
 
Agents also seized processed marijuana, hashish, business documents, and indicia of the illegal sales and use of marijuana. Two of the residential locations had illegal marijuana grows inside of the homes. All of the arrested persons were charged with California Penal Code section 182 – Conspiracy and California Health and Safety Code section 11359 – Possess for Sales (marijuana) and booked into the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
 

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Glendale considers ban on marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, June, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
The Glendale City Council is considering permanently banning marijuana dispensaries.
 
They already are prohibited under the city's zoning codes.
 
But the council adopted a moratorium in 2009, closing Glendale to the shops, to give city attorneys time to review the legal issues associated with an all-out ban, the Glendale News-Press reported.
 
That moratorium is set to expire in September, and officials can no longer extend it, prompting city attorneys and police to recommend enacting a citywide ban similar to those in dozens of cities across the state.
 
There are no dispensaries within Glendale city limits, but officials have said that interest has increased in recent years.
 
-- Melanie Hicken, Times Community News
 

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Group Says Imperial Beachs Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Is Illegal

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, June, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO — A leading medical marijuana advocacy group says Imperial Beach's decision to ban pot dispensaries is illegal. Even so, a number of other cities and counties statewide have taken similar action.
 
At least nine California counties and 129 cities have banned medical marijuana dispensaries. Many others have moratoriums, or use zoning laws to effectively prevent them from operating.
 
Joe Elford is chief counsel with the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. He thinks Imperial Beach's outright ban wouldn't stand up in court.
 
"There are a number of cases that are pending and we're involved in some of those cases," Elford said, "and eventually the court will resolve the issue. But the short answer is we do not believe those types of bans are legal."
 
Last week the Imperial Beach City Council approved the ban by a 4-1 vote. One councilman said he believed the courts could require the city to allow at least one dispensary.
 

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Sacramento marijuana dispensary raided; 2 operators arrested

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2011 by THCFinder

Pointless raids continue at the tax payers expense! With California being in debt to badly, do we really need to continue to waste more money fighting a loosing battle? Who the hell is in charge of making these decisions and why don't they see the real problem going on...

Authorities raided a south Sacramento marijuana dispensary Thursday and arrested its operator and his father, alleging the pot shop has been operating illegally as a for-profit organization.

Elk Grove police, along with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, served a search warrant at the R&R Wellness Center on Quinta Court at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, said Elk Grove police spokesman Officer Chris Trim.
 
Search warrants were also served at a Sacramento storage facility and two residences in Elk Grove occupied by Bryan Smith, 27, who operates the dispensary, and his father Kelly Smith, 54, Trim said.
 
Detectives recovered more than 400 marijuana plants and several hundred pounds of processed marijuana during the raid, Trim said.
 
A large amount of cash was also recovered at one of the residences in Elk Grove, he said.
 
Bryan and Kelly Smith were arrested on suspicion of producing or cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale, police reported. Bryan Smith was also arrested on suspicion of transportation of marijuana.
 
Both were being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Online jail booking logs indicated they are not eligible for bail.
 
Police believe the dispensary has not been adhering to provisions of the state's Compassionate Use Act, Trim said, instead operating as a for-profit organization and "essentially acting as illegal marijuana dealers."
 

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