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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. 
 

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Joseph Erich Pearson, S.F. Dispensary Owner, Arrested After Marijuana Grow Burns in Sonoma

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
‚ÄčThe 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.
 

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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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