Boulder allows 5 marijuana businesses to stay open during appeal

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, March, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
Five of the six medical marijuana businesses the city of Boulder ordered to shut down will be allowed to stay open until a hearing is held on their appeal requests.
The sixth remains closed because it did not appeal the city's order to close down.
The city sent six cease-and-desist letters to Boulder marijuana businesses earlier this month after a review of their business license applications found problems with background checks for five of the businesses and a zoning issue for the sixth.
But, city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said Friday, the decision to allow them to stay open was reached after an attorney for some of the businesses disagreed with the city attorneys' interpretation of the code.
The city maintained it could issue a cease-and-desist order as soon as a decision was made to deny a business license, while the businesses' attorney said the law required the city to wait until a quasi-judicial hearing is held.
Huntley said the city still believes it has the right to shut the businesses down now but decided to let them re-open until the hearing.
"We didn't want to fight over someone's due process rights," Huntley said. "We want to give businesses in the community every chance to succeed."
All five businesses that encountered issues with background checks -- High Grade Alternatives, 8th Street Care Center, Fresh Baked Dispensary, Timberline Herbal Clinic and Southwest Alternative Care -- filed appeals with the city, Huntley said. No dates have been set yet for the hearings.


Longmont cops shut down Mother Greens med pot shop

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, March, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

LONGMONT — Police on Thursday afternoon served a municipal search warrant on a medical marijuana dispensary suspected of providing medical marijuana in violation of city code and a moratorium on the businesses.

Police served the warrant at Mother Greens, 615 Ken Pratt Blvd., to look for violations of the city's code and, specifically, violations of the business' agreement with the city outlining the type of business Mother Greens is allowed to conduct at its storefront.

Cmdr. Jeff Satur said the dispensary was shut down by the city.

Mother Greens moved from the 1300 block of Vivian Street to its current location last April, according to city code enforcement officer Shannon Stadler. That move came after the city placed a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Stadler said that after Mother Greens relocated, the city approved the business only for massage therapy and holistic medicines, and planning and zoning specifically noted that the business would no longer be allowed to provide medical marijuana.



Federal raid draws criticism from marijuana activists

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, March, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
In a move that drew fire from medical marijuana advocates, federal authorities raided 26 medical marijuana dispensaries, saying they have probable cause to believe that the businesses are involved in large-scale trafficking.
The search warrants executed Monday are the culmination of an “18-month, multiagency investigation into the drug trafficking activities of criminal enterprises,” Michael Cotter, U.S. attorney for the District of Montana, said in a statement Tuesday.
In addition, he said, civil seizure warrants for financial institutions in the Montana cities Bof ozeman, Helena and Kalispell were executed, seeking up to $4 million. Authorities did not disclose items that were seized pending the filing of search warrant returns in federal court.
Probable cause exists to believe that the shops were involved in conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana and evade financial reporting requirements, authorities said. No criminal charges have been filed.
“When criminal networks violate federal laws, those involved will be prosecuted,” Cotter said in the statement. Individuals who are in compliance with state law are not the focus of the investigation, authorities said.
Items seized included marijuana plants, computers and cell phones, CNN affiliate KULR reported. In some instances, the station said, bank accounts were frozen.
Medical marijuana advocates cried foul.
“Not only are these raids very harmful and unnecessary, they are aimed at undermining the democratic process by preventing the people and legislators of Montana from addressing their own public health concerns,” Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, said in a statement.


Drug Raids Go Hollywood as Obama Admin Breaks Promise (Again)

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, March, 17th 2011 by THCFinder

Dispensary raids continue despite Obamas promise to stop wasting Federal resources on enforcing medical marijuana...




Hollywood Dispensaries raided

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
Two West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensaries were raided Tuesday afternoon. One arrest was made, according to City News Service.
Federal agents along with Los Angeles Police Department officers and West Hollywood sheriff’s deputies raided Alternative Herbal Health Services and Zen Healing Collective on Santa Monica Boulevard around 2:10 p.m., the Los Angeles Times reported.
Acting on a tip from a reader, Weho Patch visited the dispensaries late Tuesday afternoon. A black tarp covered half of Zen Healing's front window, with handwritten signs that read "Closed" and "Closed Permanently" posted on the front door.
At least three people were inside the collective when Weho Patch knocked on the door. An employee came to the door, but would not open it. He merely said, “We’re closed permanently.”
Further east at Alternative Herbal Health Services, a handwritten sign on the door read, “IM Sorry. We Will Be Closed for a Couple Days.” Beside the text was a sad face. Computers and a big screen TV were still visible through the window. 
Customers came to the doors of each of the shops, all seemingly startled by the signs saying that they were closed. At Zen Healing, an older man was crying, pleading with the store employees who would not open the door.
Don Duncan, the director of the California branch of Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical marijuana organization, sent out an e-mail blast alerting people that the raids were occurring at Alternative Herbal and Zen Healing early in the afternoon. 


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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