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.
City attorney sues medical marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
The Los Angeles city attorney has sued seven medical marijuana dispensaries, restarting a costly and plodding legal process to close hundreds of stores that opened without city approval.
The city plans to ask a judge for injunctions to bar the pot shops from storing, selling, distributing or giving away marijuana. It could also seek fines of up to $2,500 a day, as well as a $25,000 fine for violating state narcotics laws. The lawsuits, which name the store and building owners, also aim to force the landlords to oust their tenants.
“The city of Los Angeles is sending a clear message that we will no longer allow property owners to turn a blind eye to illegal activity,” City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said in a statement.
Trutanich’s office is battling numerous lawsuits filed by dispensaries seeking to remain open. Some dispensaries are now trying to overturn the city’s revamped medical marijuana ordinance, which would cap the number of stores at 100 and allow only those that were in business on Sept. 14, 2007, when the city passed a moratorium to make it illegal to open new stores.
The dispensaries targeted by the city are: Cancare Collective, 11120 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood; Golden Triangle Collective, 2626 S. Figueroa Blvd., University Park; Green Oasis, 11924 Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista; Natural Ways Always, 10006½ National Blvd., Palms; Rainforest Collective, 12515 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista; The Spot, 3200 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood Hills; and Helping Hint, 13614-16 Victory Blvd., Valley Glen.
RI governor delays medical pot dispensary permits
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, May, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island has suspended plans to license three medical marijuana dispensaries after the state's top federal prosecutor warned that the dispensaries could be prosecuted for violating federal law.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Monday that he has placed an indefinite hold on the dispensaries' final permits. Chafee, an independent, said he will consult federal authorities and governors in other states with similar medical marijuana programs before deciding how to proceed.
In a letter delivered Friday, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha told Chafee that while federal authorities wouldn't target medical marijuana users, the dispensaries could face criminal prosecution for growing and distributing marijuana. Neronha said authorities could seize marijuana from the dispensaries if they are allowed to operate.
Similar letters were sent to other states that have or are considering using licensed dispensaries to supply medical marijuana.
"Friday's letter makes it clear that DOJ (Department of Justice) will now pursue certain commercial cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana, even if such cultivation and distribution is permitted by state law," Chafee said in a statement.
The state's three so-called compassion centers were hoping to receive final approval to open this summer after completing employee background checks and building inspections.
As of Monday, 3,459 people had registered with the state's medical marijuana program. Rhode Island is one of fifteen states that have legalized pot for medical purposes.
DEA Raids Wildomar Medical Marijuana Operation
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, May, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder
The raid was part of a sting operation that included 11 other facilities and homes in North County San Diego.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials have raided a medical marijuana facility in Wildomar as part of a sting operation that included 11 other facilities and homes in North County San Diego.
Extreme Holistic Care located on Corydon Street was raided by Drug Enforcement Agency officials Thursday, but no arrests have been made as of Tuesday morning, said Amy Roderick of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The raid was part of a sweep that included facilities in Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos.
Roderick said an investigation is ongoing and she would not confirm what was seized from Extreme Holistic Care.
“I can say that if there had been any marijuana, it would have been seized,” she said. “It is a Schedule 1 substance under federal law.”
Security Tape Shows Firebombing Of SC Marijuana Dispensary
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, May, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- A surveillance camera captured two suspects throwing a Molotov cocktail into the window of a medical marijuana dispensary early Saturday morning.
Two more cameras inside the business recorded images of the lobby of the local marijuana dispensary going up in flames at around 2 a.m.
Moments before the attack, the tape showed two people wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandannas over their faces approaching the building.
Then, one of the suspects began hammering a glass door, while the other lit a large Molotov cocktail and threw it inside.
Owner Chris Morganelli and his partner were the first at the scene after getting a call from their alarm company.
“I couldn't really believe what I was seeing on the video,” said the dispensary owner Chris Morganelli
Morganelli said he used a garden hose to keep the fire from spreading to a second room where he kept much of the marijuana.
“Everybody seems like they're coming at us and saying, who do you think did this? Um, I don’t really speculate,” Morganelli said.
The owners said they are hoping their sophisticated surveillance system will help track down the people responsible.
“We just finished a remodel on this place, so we've dumped tons of money and to see it go up in flames is just devastating,” said co-owner Brianna Kovach.
The owners of this place said they have about 1,000 patients and some volunteered to help clean up after the explosion.
A local group, CannabisHealers.org has already put up a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Police said the fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages.
Authorities say none of the surrounding businesses were damaged. No arrests have been made, and the co-op is closed until further notice.
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