Proposal would ban medical marijuana businesses in Fort Collins
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations would be banned from Fort Collins under an ordinance proposed by a group of city residents that includes Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith.
Supporters of the ban are expected to start collecting signatures on petitions backing the proposal on Friday, city officials say.
Proponents would have until July 19 to gather the signatures of 4,214 registered Fort Collins voters to get the proposed ordinance before the City Council.
The council could then adopt the ordinance or refer it to voters. Supporters on the ban are requesting a special election in November.
While the Colorado Constitution allows using marijuana for medicinal purposes, state law allows municipalities to ban medical marijuana businesses. Loveland, Windsor and Greeley have banned medical marijuana shops.
Fort Collins should do the same, said Ray Martinez, a former mayor and retired police officer. Martinez is listed as a representative of the petition effort in a document filed with the city clerk's office.
Medical marijuana and the industry that has blossomed around it is a "ploy" toward legalizing the drug for recreational use, Martinez said.
"Theyre taking steps in that direction," he said. "What drug is next that they want legalized? Where do you draw the line in the sand?"
Fort Collins has about 20 licensed medical marijuana businesses. The City Council in March approved an ordinance that allowed existing businesses that did not meet all of the city's zoning rules about where shops may be located to continue operating.
The city has spent a lot of time crafting regulations for marijuana businesses that address concerns about the industry while meeting the needs of patients, said Steve Ackerman, president of the Northern Colorado Medical Marijuana Business Council.
Taking the issue to voters would be "a step back," he said. But if voters approve the measure, the consumption of medical marijuana in the city is not likely to go down.
Long Beach marijuana dispensary fire causes $50K damage
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, May, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A pot clinic in Long Beach goes up in smoke Monday.
The fire broke out around 1 a.m. at The Green Room, located on the 1700 block of East 7th Street. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze in about 20 minutes.
No one was injured. There was no marijuana inside the dispensary. The estimated damage is around $50,000.
Investigators are investigating what sparked the blaze.
Marijuana Dispensary Manager Grabs Robber's Gun
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
The manager of a San Diego medical marijuana dispensary tried to foil a robbery attempt Thursday night by brazenly grabbing the suspect’s gun.
Four men attempted to rob the Green Goddess Medicinal Marijuana dispensary near El Cajon Boulevard and Keeney Street east of Lake Murray Boulevard around 9 p.m. police said.
When the suspects entered the store and demanded employees to the ground, the manager grabbed the suspect’s gun and started a struggle police said.
One shot was fired but no one was struck. One employee was cut by some broken glass police said.
San Diego police and La Mesa police responded to the robbery since the business is located in the College Area near La Mesa city limits.
The suspects wore black hooded sweatshirts with bandanas over their faces and last seen driving westbound in a black SUV, police said.
Joseph Erich Pearson, S.F. Dispensary Owner, Arrested After Marijuana Grow Burns in Sonoma
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
The cofounder of San Francisco's slickest medical cannabis dispensary and a member of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force has been charged with multiple felonies stemming from a Sonoma County marijuana grow, according to news reports.
Joseph Erich Pearson, 34, co-founder of the award-winning Mission Street dispensary San Francisco Patient and Resource Center (SPARC), was arrested Monday near Guerneville, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported this week. He and two others -- Alexander Pearson, 33, and Timothy Crites, 32 -- will appear in Sonoma County District Court today.
Pearson and his attorney declined to comment when SF Weekly called them on Thursday. Sheriff's deputies could not be reached for comment.
The trio was arrested Monday after an electrical fire broke out late Sunday in a barn on a Mays Canyon Road -- property Pearson owns. The barn contained grow lights and nearly 1,000 plants, police told the Press-Democrat. The cause of the fire remains unknown, but fire officials say it was probably an overloaded electrical circuit, according to fire officials.
The men were arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession for sale as well as renting, leasing, or making available a building for drug use, according to the newspaper.
However, there were enough medical-marijuana recommendations on site to render the grow legal, sources told the Press-Democrat. State law regarding cultivation limits are ridiculously vague, which means it's entirely possible that Pearson would not have been charged with a crime if the grow were in San Francisco (though if it were in San Diego, things could also have been different).
Pearson is well-known within Northern California's medical marijuana movement. He is one of the state's most successful legal cultivators, and he was a principal at a short-lived cannabis consulting firm, CannBe, with Stephen DeAngelo of Harborside Health Center, which is the nation's biggest medical marijuana dispensary.
But that's not to say he is necessarily well-liked. Several years ago, Pearson gained a bad reputation after he told other dispensary owners that he knew just how to put them out of business. He told them that he knew how to grow cannabis at cost for $600 per pound -- much less than the $5,000 per pound other profiteering dispensaries were selling pot for. His threat became more of a reality when San Francisco Patient and Resource Center sold quarter-ounces of high-quality outdoor cannabis for $50, which would cost $90 at most dispensaries.
When contacted, other members of the Medical Cannabis Task Force didn't want to speak unfavorably of Pearson. "I want to wait until we know all the facts," one told us. Suffice to say nobody, save perhaps Sonoma County sheriffs, is celebrating the bust.
According to John Stample, who was quoted in the Press-Democrat as a local resident on the isolated country road, the barn had been the source of noise stemming from "late-night parties."
"It's been a real problem," he says.
East Grand Rapids proposal to ban medical marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
EAST GRAND RAPIDS — The City Commission will consider banning medical marijuana dispensaries and compassion clubs in East Grand Rapids’ commercial district.
The Planning Commission unanimously recommended an ordinance to prohibit dispensaries Tuesday after no one spoke at a public hearing. The City Commission may consider it at its June 6 meeting at City Hall, 750 Lakeside Drive SE.
A city subcommittee is still looking at possible regulations for caregivers and patients in residential districts, but City Manager Brian Donovan said dispensaries are not a compatible commercial use in the business district. Zoning already prohibits such establishments in residential areas.
The city drafted the ordinance in response to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008, which was passed by 63 percent of state voters. A city moratorium is in place through August.
The prohibition also aims to eliminate the group dynamic of commercial dispensaries.
City Commissioner Amna(cq) Seibold, who also sits on the Planning Commission, said the ban makes sense.
“I think this is reasonable and fair and in the best interest of our community,” she said.
Planning Commissioner Tom Getz said the ordinance is effective in maintaining character in the commercial district without infringing on anyone’s rights.
Marijuana dispensaries banned in Laguna Niguel
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
LAGUNA NIGUEL – The city made its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries official this week, cementing interim measures that have prohibited sales of the drug from storefronts since 2009.
The City Council unanimously approved the ban Tuesday with the second reading of an ordinance making dispensaries illegal in all zones.
Some members of the council cited concerns about public safety.
In September 2008, shots were fired during an attempted armed robbery at a dispensary on Forbes Road that has since shut down. Councilwoman Linda Lindholm in a previous meeting pointed to reports that Dana Point officials named medical marijuana as a problem at Dana Hills High School.
Other concerns included the potential financial burden on the city to regulate and monitor dispensaries and the inconsistencies in state and federal laws regulating the drug. Since 1996, California has allowed marijuana possession and use for people with medical needs under the Compassionate Use Act. Under federal law, marijuana continues to be illegal under all circumstances.
Despite the vote to ban, the council also voted to ask staff to research alternatives while the ban is in effect.
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