Dexter to hold public hearings on zoning changes to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries
The Dexter Village Planning Commission will hold a series of public hearings at the Dexter Senior Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday on proposed changes to the zoning ordinance that would allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the village.
Video footage of medical marijuana dispensary robbery released by LAPD
Los Angeles police released security video footage Thursday of three men who shot and wounded two employees during a robbery earlier this month at a Northridge marijuana dispensary.
Det. Joel Price from the West Valley station said police want help in identifying the men, who entered the medical marijuana cooperative in the 8200 block of White Oak Avenue about 9:25 p.m. Dec. 15. Two of the men fired multiple times and wounded two men before fleeing.
One of the victims took out a handgun and returned fire but was shot by the robbers, police said.
One of the victims was critically injured, having been shot several times in the head, arm and legs, police said. The other man was wounded in the back and legs.
The robbers took out what they believed was a video recorder, a small amount of marijuana and an undetermined amount of cash before leaving in a late-model Nissan Titan pickup truck.
The robbers are described as three male Latinos. Police describe one of them as between 5 feet 1 and 5 feet 10, weighing 170 pounds, with a thick mustache. He was wearing a blue and white knit ski cap with ear covers, police said.
Another was 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10 and weighed about 170 pounds, with short brown hair, a mustache and heavy eyebrows. He was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and also had a handgun, police said.
The third robber was described wearing dark pants, a zip-up jacket and a black New York Mets baseball cap.
Lodi Council: say no to marijuana dispensaries
LODI – Lodi City Council members have asked the city attorney to write an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries or cooperatives within city limits.
The council met Tuesday morning to hear a report by Deputy City Attorney Janice Magdich on current laws and pending cases related to medical marijuana and directed her to bring back on Feb. 16 an ordinance banning dispensaries.
If approved, Lodi would join Tracy and Modesto as cities that have banned all sales of medical marijuana.
Read Wednesday’s Record for more on this story by staff writer Keith Reid.
MENTONE: Medical marijuana dispensary raided
L.A. Warns Prospective New Pot Shops Not To Open In The City
The city of L.A.'s top attorney on Friday warned new pot shops not to open their doors despite a judge's recent order telling City Hall not to enforce much of its new medical marijuana dispensary law.
"The City's Medical Marijuana Ordinance remains in effect. Judge Mohr's ruling does not allow any new collectives to open their doors ... My Office is committed to public health and safety and will continue to protect patients from smuggled and contaminated medical marijuana, as well as enforce existing laws in order to prevent the proliferation of pot shops and the unlawful sale and distribution of marijuana to recreational users and others for profit."
Although the Court found the bulk of the ordinance to be constitutional and valid, Judge Mohr enjoined the City from implementing the following provisions: the "grandfather" provisions that allowed medical marijuana collectives operating before a certain date to have a preference in registering under the new ordinance; the imposition of criminal penalties for violations of the ordinance; certain patient information and record-keeping requirements; and the expiration date or "sunset clause" of the ordinance.
San Jose cannabis club holds smokeout
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The confusion over state, federal, and local laws concerning medical marijuana dispensaries is heating up in San Jose. That's where dozens of people openly lit up on Friday night, in a place city leaders insist is off limits.
They lit up and smoked out in San Jose for a fundraiser and unity party at a medical marijuana collective which is all in response to a series of raids on pot clubs in Santa Clara County.
"We're trying to protect every medical marijuana collective in Santa Clara County because they raided seven collectives yesterday," says Shelby Ferry, a Santa Clara resident.
Right now, no South Bay city allows medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate.
Dave Hodges, from the San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective, was asked if he thought what he was doing was legal and he responds, "It's 100 percent legal."
"A lot of people think things are legal that are not legal," says San Jose City Councilmember Pete Constant.
Currently, there are 99 pot clubs in San Jose and according to city leaders they are all illegal because the city doesn't have a zoning ordinance to allow for them.
"We need to provide more access to more patients and that basically means San Jose is completely open until they pass some sort of regulation," says Hodges.
On Monday San Jose's City Council will hold a special meeting to establish zoning regulations so pot clubs can legally open in the city, but until that happens, council member Constant says the smokeout is inappropriate.
ABC7 showed him photos of what was going on inside the MedEx Collective on Friday night.
"There's a lot of haze in this picture," says Constant. "What are the odds that everyone needs their medicine at the same time and is it really medicinal act or are these people simply using this as an excuse to smoke marijuana?"
Everyone inside the collective insists their needs are legitimate and they have the paperwork to prove it with their medical marijuana cards.
"I have bad back pains," says Ferry.
"I also have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and my bones are getting deformed," says Patricia Sanchez, a San Jose resident.
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