Marijuana dispensary sues Dana Point for $20 million
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, April, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
A marijuana dispensary that's been ordered to pay the city of Dana Point $2.4 million in civil damages for alleged illegal operations is now suing the city, San Diego Gas & Electric, city council members and individual staffers for conspiracy, defamation and other issues to the tune of $20 million.
Beach Cities Collective and its owner, David Lambert, filed the complaint in Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday. The complaint says city staff and council members "conspired in an extra-judicial crusade to prevent (Beach Cities) from legally supplying medical marijuana to their member patients."
Beach Cities Collective was run at 26841 Calle Hermosa in Dana Point by founders David Lambert, left, and Tim Louch.
City Attorney Patirck Munoz said he hadn't had a chance to review the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon. City Council members said they were unaware of the complaint.
Beach Cities and Dana Point have been embroiled in an almost two-year legal battle prompted by the city suing several dispensaries in town for alleged illegal operations. The city says the dispensaries were selling marijuana for profit for nonmedical purposes. State law allows nonprofit collectives to distribute marijuana to patients with a doctor's recommendation. The illegal sale of a controlled substance is considered a nuisance, according to the civil code. The collectives say they were providing medicine to patients.
Separate from its lawsuits against the dispensaries, the city shut down three collectives in January, claiming they had violated building code violations without inspecting them first. SDG&E officials removed Beach Cities' electric meters. SDG&E and Angela Duzich, a code-enforcement official, are being sued, as well. A message left on SDG&E's public affairs line was not immediately returned.
Two dispensaries, Holistic Health and Beach Cities, appealed the closures in February, but were denied by a retired Orange County judge hired by the city as a hearing officer. The city said the code violations were based on certificate of occupancy, security and building modification issues.
Feds warn local marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, April, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
It's a sad day when something like this comes out in the spotlight.
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane face federal prosecution if they do not end their operations immediately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Federal authorities hope for voluntary compliance but are prepared “for quick and direct action against the operators of the stores,” according to a statement by Mike Ormsby, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.
Federal authorities will target both the operators of the stores and the owners of the properties where the stores are located, he said.
“We intend to use the full extent of our legal remedies to enforce the law,” Ormsby said. Depending on the amount of marijuana, some federal crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years or more.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Banned In Grand Junction
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The results certified showing that voters in Grand Junction made their choice to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.
The polls closed at 7:00 p.m. and the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office has tallied the votes. 56.6% of votes counted are for the ordinance to ban dispensaries within city limits. 41.4% are against the ordinance.
The local medical marijuana industry is left in shock and tears after seeing the results. The thought of closing their shops is an overwhelming feeling for many involved, right now.
But, for the people in favor of the ban, they're ready for the city to move quickly in removing these dispensaries. "It took a lot of people to accomplish this," Betty Beidelschies with the Citizens For Liberty said.
Grand Junction now joins a handful of other Western Slope communities in outlawing the pot shops.
Marijuana advocates who have been outspoken in recent weeks declined to comment after the vote. But, they've made their fears very well known. "If we vote dispensaries out, then it's going into homes and there's no regulation on the caregiver model," Cristin Groves with the Mesa County Constitution Advocates told us on March 31st.
Vermont considers medical marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, April, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Lynn, a 40-year-old professional photographer who lives in Burlington, said he believes in marijuana’s medicinal value for those who suffer from chronic pain and he thinks it’s wrong that such people have nowhere legal to buy the relief.
“People having to go out and buy it on a corner from someone — it’s not right,” Lynn said. “I see this as an opportunity to run a successful, local, nonprofit business which would provide medical respectability to the current and future patients on the registry. It would open a more honest, serious dialogue about the benefits of cannabis.”
Medical marijuana has been legal in Vermont since 2004, for those with qualifying illnesses — including cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis — who sign up for the state’s registry. The 2004 law allows patients to grow their own marijuana, but advocates say many find that a daunting task, leaving them with the prospect of making illegal deals for street dope.
The state’s medical marijuana registry specifies, “The Marijuana Registry is neither a source for marijuana nor can the Registry provide information to patients on how to obtain marijuana.”
The answer, advocates say, is to legalize a small number of medical marijuana dispensaries — nonprofit operations that would grow marijuana and sell it to those on the medical marijuana registry.
The bill has the backing of Gov. Peter Shumlin. With a series of restrictions added that are designed to avoid problems seen in other states, it also has the support of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn.
Some worry, however, that the dispensaries will become drug havens and the medical marijuana registry will quickly be flooded with those looking for a legal way to smoke pot.
Five medical marijuana dispensary applications accepted Friday morning in Ypsilanti
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, April, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Camping out to be first in line paid off for Amos Snyder and his family this morning when they were the first to turn in an application for a medical marijuana dispensary license in Ypsilanti.
Snyder and his family had been waiting in shifts since Sunday night to be first in line when the city started accepting applications at 8 a.m. today. Several others also braved several nights of freezing temperatures to be one of the first to turn in paperwork.
Members of Snyder’s group said the dispensary is about securing good business for the family, but also helping patients and rejuvenating their home town.
“We’re going to help build the community,” Snyder, a head custodian at Ypsilanti Public Schools, said. The family wants to open up Cross Street Services dispensary at 513 W. Cross, a space they said is sandwiched between two condemned buildings.
Now, they’ll have to wait 30 to 45 days for licensing approval, said city planner Teresa Gillotti. Seven groups waited in line outside of city hall Friday morning to turn in licensing paperwork, she said, including at least one who hoped to open up a grow facility in town.
Snyder’s family members said they’ve poured thousands of dollars into the project. They’ve already printed up business cards.
Submitting an application first is important because the city’s new medical marijuana zoning ordinance allows dispensaries in three Ypsilanti business districts. The dispensaries have to be at least 500 feet of one another and 1,000 feet from a school. That means only two dispensaries will be permitted downtown, one in Depot Town and one in the West Cross Street business district. Marijuana growing facilities are being licensed in three commercial or manufacturing districts.
Deputy city clerk Ed Golembiewski said that by mid-morning Friday, the city had accepted five dispensary applications, rejected one for being incomplete. The city also rejected an application for a growing facility because it wasn’t in a properly zoned area.
San Diego City Council passes medical marijuana collective regulations
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, March, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO — KPBS.com reports that San Diego City Council passed regulations regarding medical marijuana collectives following nearly five hours of public comment on March 28.
Hundreds attended the meeting. The original proposal outlawed collectives from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and parks.
Ben Cisneros of Stop the Ban, a group who says the law would impact every collective in San Diego, said the ordinance is a “defacto ban that will close down every medical cannabis facility in the city and will make it virtually impossible to reopen.”
City Council voted to reduce the buffer zone from 1,000 feet to 600, and voted 5 to 2 to enact land-use restrictions and public safety regulations requiring background checks for all employees of collectives.
Councilman Todd Gloria said the rules, though strict, are better than the unregulated status quo.
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