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.


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."


Police Make Rare Raid On Aloha Pot Dispensary

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, June, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

More useless raids are going on once again. When will the nonsense stop?

Police have served four search warrants at the "Wake-'n-Bake Cannabis Lounge" in Aloha. It's among the first raids of cannabis dispensaries in the state.

Investigators from the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team raided the store.
It charges a fee for people to become members and then distributes marijuana to them for medical uses.
Pot dispensaries are legal in Oregon, but the rules are strict.
Sgt. David Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff's Office says their investigation showed customers were being asked for their Oregon Medical Marijuana Cards, but the store was essentially profiting by sales of the drug -- and that's illegal.
"You can get people to grow it for you. They can recoup costs, but they only recoup costs that are directly associated with it and that means utilities and supplies. But no labor. The prices when you look at what it costs to grow were not as high as people were being charged," Thompson said.


U.S. Attorney cracks down on marijuana dispensaries locally and statewide

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

The failed war on drugs continues to battle against those trying to help the community in a positive way. When will this nonsense every stop?

RAINIER — Cora Dreyer arrived at her self-owned and operated business on June 7 only to find a note saying a US attorney’s letter awaited her at the post office.

Dreyer received the letter because her business, Big River Cannabis Club, is in violation of federal law.
The letter dated June 3 from the U.S. Attorney for the district of Oregon, Dwight Holton, said “It has come to investigators’ attention that you may be operating a ‘dispensary’ for marijuana, or that property you own may be being used as a marijuana dispensary. Both Oregon and federal law make it illegal to sell marijuana — period. It makes no difference what purpose the marijuana is used for, or whether the sale is cloaked as a trade of marijuana in exchange for a ‘donation.’”
The letter went on to say “federal action may include charges for illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to distribute marijuana… for knowingly opening, leasing, maintaining property for manufacture, storage, or distribution of marijuana… as well as federal money laundering.”
So the Big River Cannabis Club sign went down and the for rent sign went up.
“I don’t want to be prosecuted and I don’t want to be trouble. We didn’t want to be a problem,” said Dreyer.
“We got the letter and so we shut the door,” she said.


Raids continue on marijuana dispensaries in Spokane

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Police and federal agents conducted another raid on medical marijuana dispensaries Wednesday, bringing the total to seven since late April in the Spokane area.
The raids come as U.S. Attorneys in Washington have reiterated federal stances on the distribution of medical marijuana, which is legal to use under state law.
Backers of medical marijuana had managed to get a measure approved by the Legislature that they say would bring the voter-approved medical marijuana system out of a legal grey area. But Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed the measure, saying that it put state workers at risk.
The Spokesman-Review reports that in April federal prosecutors sent letters to dispensaries in the Spokane area to shut down or face enforcement. Most of the 40 dispensaries complied.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice says that the raid on Medical Herbs Providers on Wednesday is one of several operations that are "on going."


Whittier police crack down on unlicensed pot dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
WHITTIER - Culminating a three-month investigation, police brought a hammer down Wednesday on unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries, shutting down two underground clinics, including one operating across from East Whittier Middle School.
They also served a search warrant at a medical office in the 7200 block of Greenleaf Avenue, where they arrested a physician on suspicion of aiding and abetting an unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary.
Investigators from the Medical Board of California could take action against the physician's license, police said.
Four other people were arrested on various violations, including operating an unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary, aiding and abetting an unlicensed
None of the suspects' names were released because officials were still sorting out their booking offenses Wednesday evening.
In all, officials served warrants at six locations, including the two dispensaries, the medical office and three other locations associated with the operators of the dispensaries.
The crackdown, conducted with members of the L.A. Impact task force that specializes in uncovering and shutting down unlicensed pot dispensaries, also seized baggies and prescription bottles of processed marijuana, pot plants, cash and other evidence that was still being catalogued late Wednesday.
"We'll spend the next few hours weighing it all, so I don't have the actual amount yet," said Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis. "But we seized a bunch of marijuana today."
The city has permitted only one medical marijuana dispensary to legally operate within its borders, the Whittier Hope Collective on Byron Road. Officials said the illegal dispensaries operated like for-profit stores, selling pot to people with doctors' recommendations.
At the illegal Apex dispensary inside a non-descript building next to a salon on Whittier Boulevard and across from the middle school, the operator was arrested on suspicion of violating parole.
He had a previous felony conviction for selling narcotics, said Sgt. Kevin Ramos.
That dispensary had an ATM on the premises. Officials confiscated cash from the machine. Ramos said the operator will be investigated for possible tax law violations.
"We've frozen accounts," Ellis said.
At least one client who happened to walk into the Greenleaf Healing Center to buy marijuana when police were there was arrested. He turned out to be on county probation, Ellis said.



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