ASA brief about the recent San Diego raids

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, January, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder


Get High on Feeding the Hungry This Season

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

For a group of California residents, feeding the hungryduring the holiday season had its benefits: FREE POT.

That's right. Granny Purps, a marijuana dispensary in Soquel, CA, offered patients a deal to help them collectcanned goods for their holiday food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. For every four cans of food a patient donated, Granny Purps would give the patient a free joint. Patients were limited to three free joints a day.

It was a little holiday "puff, puff, give," if you know what I mean.

While it may seem ridiculous that one stoner's penchant for the munchies helped feed another's legitimate hunger, Granny Purps' patients donated over 11,000 pounds of food and were rewarded with over 2,000 marijuana cigarettes. I can't be the only reader thinking that this is kind of an awesome deal for all involved. I don't know many stoners who break into the canned corn after smoking. This would be a great motivational tool to clean the cupboards while getting one's medicine.

Can you imagine if this spurred a donate-for-freebies craze? Donate new or gently-used clothing for the Salvation Army, get a free tallboy? Give blood to the Red Cross, get free antibiotics? Donate to your local women's clinic, get free condoms? Sure beats an NPR mug.

All joking aside, I don't need rewards to be philanthropic; far from it. But others might. If these kind of promotions get people to give during a time when others need it most, who am I to judge?

Now, to drop off these Spaghetti-Os ...



Dexter to hold public hearings on zoning changes to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, December, 30th 2010 by THCFinder

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.

Following the public hearings, the Planning Commission could approve the changes and recommend the amendments to the Village Council or postpone a recommendation for further discussion.

The amended zoning ordinance defines a medical marijuana dispensary and lays out several regulations, including:

• Dispensaries must have a permit from the village to operate for one year and the permit will be reviewed by the Sheriff's Department.

• Dispensaries cannot be located within 500 feet of a library, a school or another dispensary.


• A maximum of two primary caregivers are permitted to operate out of one establishment, and the primary caregivers must be legally registered with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

* Smoking or consumption of medical marijuana is prohibited at the dispensary.

* Growing or cultivation of medical marijuana is prohibited.

* No retail sales of drug paraphernalia are permitted at the dispensary.

• All activity related to the dispensary shall be done inside.

• Drive-thru dispensaries are not permitted.

* Dispensaries cannot open before 8 a.m. and must close no later than 8 p.m.

• Security systems must be installed.

• Exterior signs cannot use the word marijuana or pictures representing marijuana.

*All medical marijuana must be within the main building in an enclosed, locked facility.

*Fines for violating the village’s medical marijuana ordinance are proposed to be $1,000 for the first violation, $2,000 for the first repeat violation and $3,000 for a second or subsequent violation.

The village has a moratorium on dispensaries that expires March 21.

Municipalities have been struggling with how and whether to regulate medical marijuana in the wake of Michigan voters approval of it in 2008. Some communities, including Saline and Chelseain Washtenaw County, have previously banned dispensaries, but the legality of such ordinances is not entirely clear.

In addition, Dexter Township has imposed a moratorium on dispensaries while it irons out a new ordinance. Ann Arbor is also working on an ordinance, and Ypsilanti recently approved one.

In Dexter, the Planning Commission and Village Council have held a special workshop on medical marijuana, and the Planning Commission has discussed the proposed ordinance changes several times.

Allison Bishop, the village’s community development manager worked with the village attorney to craft the zoning changes.

The Planning Commission meets at the Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, at 7:30 p.m.


Video footage of medical marijuana dispensary robbery released by LAPD

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, December, 26th 2010 by THCFinder

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

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, December, 21st 2010 by THCFinder

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

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, December, 18th 2010 by THCFinder

A half-dozen people connected with a medical marijuana dispensary in Mentone were arrested Thursday on suspicion of violating the Compassionate Use Act and Prop. 215, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Arrested on various drug charges and booked into the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino were:

  • Shannon Lewis Troncoso, 38, of San Dimas, identified by the Sheriff's Department as the dispensary's owner.
  • Luis Albert Hernandez, 40, of Mentone;
  • Jason Craig Ramsey, 40, of Yucaipa;
  • Mayra Agueda Godoy, 25, of Corona;
  • Tod Lee McDonald, 43, of Mentone; and
  • Gail Marie Shea, 38, of San Dimas.

Bail for Troncoso, Hernandez, Ramsey and Godoy was set at $500,000 each. McDonald's bail was set at $25,000. Shea has been released on bail.

Sheriff's narcotics investigators raided the Mentone Patients Association on Thursday after a two-month investigation revealed that the dispensary was charging specific prices for its products rather than asking for donations and was not verifying that those buying the product had a valid medical marijuana identification card or a recommendation from a physician, the department said.

The dispensary also violated a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries put in place by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the department said.

Investigators executed search warrants at the dispensary, at sites in Yucaipa and San Dimas, and at a warehouse in the Los Angeles County city of Santa Fe Springs where they found marijuana plants being grown, the department said.

The searches also turned up about 10 pounds of marijuana, about $15,000 in cash and handguns, rifles and shotguns, the department said. The suspects are also facing charges they have not reported income or paid taxes to the state.





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