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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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