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Boulder shuts down six medical marijuana shops over background checks and zoning

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
The city of Boulder has sent six cease-and-desist letters to medical marijuana businesses after finding problems with their business license applications, and two more will be sent soon.
 
The letters, all sent in the first two weeks of March, went to High Grade Alternatives, 8th Street Care Center, Southwest Alternative Care, Timberline Herbal Clinic, Mountain Medicine Group and Fresh Baked Dispensary, city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.
 
Huntley declined to name the other two dispensaries because the owners had not yet seen the letters.
 
Mountain Medicine Group's application was denied because of zoning issues. The other five were turned down because of problems that came up on background checks of principal investors or general managers of the companies, Huntley said. She declined to specify the problems, citing privacy concerns.
 
City ordinance says that anyone with at least a 10 percent stake in a marijuana business must submit to a background check. Anyone convicted of a felony in the last five years cannot operate a medical marijuana business. The city application asks for information about felony convictions in the last 10 years, DUI convictions and any misdemeanors related to abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs.
 
Owners of the dispensaries could not be reached late Tuesday.
 
A recorded message at High Grade Alternatives said the dispensary was closed until further notice "due to complications with our application to the state."
 

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Judge to decide on reopening medical marijuana dispensaries next week

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
A judge in the 8th Judicial District Court will hear closing arguments from attorneys on both sides of the medical marijuana debate March 22 and plans to make a ruling on the case brought forward by attorney Rob Corry the same day.
 
Corry, an attorney based in Denver who is well-known for his work defending medical marijuana patients and dispensaries, is fighting for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction. These legal actions would allow the three medical marijuana dispensaries that are plaintiffs in the case to reopen and would prohibit the city of Loveland from enforcing its prohibition of the shops. They were forced to close March 1 after Loveland voters approved a ban during November's election.
 
Corry claims the dispensaries operating in Loveland are not technically licensed medical marijuana centers under state law at this point, so the city's ordinance prohibiting them from operating should not affect them.
 
The three plaintiff dispensaries Corry is representing are Rocky Mountain Kind, Magic's Emporium and Colorado Canna Care. Additionally, John and Jane Doe are named as plaintiff medical marijuana patients.
 
The defendants in the case are the city of Loveland and the state of Colorado, represented by Josh Marks, who is a private attorney; Loveland's city attorney John Duval; and Geoffrey Blue, deputy attorney general for the state of Colorado.
 
The defense is arguing that after a law was passed at the state level in June of 2010, the decision about whether or not to allow dispensaries to operate was up to local authorities — such as a City Council. Rather than simply outlaw the dispensaries, the council voted last summer to put the issue to a vote. Voters rejected by a fairly wide margin the idea of letting the dispensaries continue to operate.
 

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RI Health Dept. picks 3 medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, March, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

PROVIDENCE -- The state Health Department has selected three dispensaries to sell medical marijuana to the growing patient population in the state.

They are: Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick, The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence, and Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth.

The annoucement was made in a 3 p.m. news release.

"After a thorough and thoughtful review of all applications, health (officials) determined that these three applicants were best able to offer safe, conveniently located options for patients currently enrolled in the medical marijuana program,'' said Interim Director of Health Michael Fine.

The principals in each dispensary are Mark J. Berergon, at Summit; Gerald J. McGraw Jr., at Slater; and Seth Bock, at Greenleaf. Cuttino Mobley, the former NBA basetball player and ex-University of Rhode Island great, is the sole financier of the Summit project.

Last fall, 18 applicants submitted detailed proposals to open marijuana dispensaries across the state. The vast majority of them planned to open in the Providence metropolitan area, but there were also proposals for centers in North Kingstown, Coventry and Portsmouth.

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The DEA Sweeps Montana

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, March, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

A reader flags the troubling news, adding, "The Feds have not stopped cracking down on medical marijuana even though Obama said they would." NORML is all over it:

Our Montana Affiliate, Montana NORML, has been liveblogging the latest news.  They report the “smash and grab” tactics Californians are already familiar with, destroying ballasts, lights, seizing cash, computers, and lots of cannabis, but not charging anyone with crimes or arresting people.

(Photo: Federal agents and local authorities raid a medical marijuana operation on Monday, March 14, 2011 in Helena, Mont. Authorities from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, Lewis and Clark County sheriff's office and Helena police watched over at least eight people in handcuffs outside Montana Cannabis west of Helena Monday afternoon. The greenhouse is the length of half a football field and packed with marijuana plants. By Eliza Wiley/The Independent Record/AP)

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Federal agents raid 4 Montana medical marijuana businesses

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, March, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
HELENA, Mont. — Federal agents and local authorities have raided medical marijuana operations in four Montana cities.
 
Authorities from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, Lewis and Clark County sheriff's office and Helena police watched over at least eight people in handcuffs outside Montana Cannabis west of Helena Monday afternoon. The greenhouse is the length of half a football field and packed with marijuana plants.
 
A spokeswoman in the U.S. attorney's office in Montana says the federal agents executed search warrants that are under seal. Victoria Francis said she could not release any more information.
 
Montana Cannabis co-owner Christopher Williams told The Associated Press that raids were taking place at other businesses he co-owns — Big Sky Patient Care in Bozeman, at MCM in Belgrade and Good Medicine Providers in Columbia Falls.
 
More info to follow...
 

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Marijuana dispensary trial begins today

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, March, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
A groundbreaking trial for the area's medical marijuana dispensaries is set to begin today in Spokane.
 
Scott Q. Shupe, 56, faces felony drug charges stemming from a 2009 police raid at Change, a pot dispensary he operated on Northwest Boulevard, near Maple Street. 
 
Prosecutors have said they believe dispensaries are illegal because they distribute marijuana to more than one patient.
 
But pot advocates note that the statute technically states a caretaker can provide to one person “at any one time.” Owners of medical marijuana dispensaries use that interpretation to justify their businesses; Shupe says he only sold marijuana to one patient in the business at a time.
 
The investigation began when a detective saw a TV news article about the business.
 
“The news story advised that Scott Shupe dispenses marijuana and that he grows, possesses and sells marijuana and that ‘it’s all perfectly legal,’” according to search warrants used in the September 2009 raid.
 
Shupe is represented by Frank Cikutovich. Teresa Border is prosecuting. Judge Michael Price is presiding. Opening statements are expected this afternoon or Tuesday morning.
 
Trial for Change codefendant Christopher P. Stevens, 37, is scheduled to begin April 11.
 
While Spokane County authorities say the dispensaries are illegal, dozens are operating in the area, including one on Northwest Boulevard that offers to deliver.
 

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