Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Banned in Parts of LA County
As of the start of the new year, medical marijuana dispensaries will be banned in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to approve the ban by 4 to 1, given a 4-1 vote in favour of the ban two weeks ago a ban hasbeen in the works for several months.
The ban was proposed by Michael Antonovich, who believes having dispensaries in the area will create more crime and pose a safety threat to residents. Currently no permits have been authorized for medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in unincorporated areas, so if there are any such businesses operating right now, they are doing so illegally.
Those objecting to the ban could file suit against the County to block the ban. Ahead of the Board's vote there were protesters outside chanting "safe access now" and carrying signs. Inside the meeting, the ban was passed without comment and "no advocates appeared inside the hearing room" to speak on behalf of dispensaries.
Hornsby Cannabis Bust
Marijuana plants worth almost $1m were found in a home in Hornsby this morning along with a carpet python and several other animals allowed to live in disgusting conditions. Police officers arrived in Noble St at 7.30 in the morning where they found 185 cannabis plants being grown in a make shift hydroponic facility under a dilapidated home. They also found an amount of dry cannabis but the plants themselves are estimated by police to be worth roughly $925,000 street value.
Hornsby Council have also condemned the house which police said was covered in faeces from dogs and cats left to live in appalling conditions. Energy Australia attended and will prosecute the owner for bypassing the electrical grid to steal electricity.
The house at the end of a small cul-de-sac was run down and overgrown but had Christmas lights erected. A large amount of music equipment was piled up inside the open garage. It is thought the owner had been working as a DJ. A 24-year-old man will face Hornsby Local Court later today charged with cultivating a commercial amount of cannabis and supplying a prohibited drug.
Michigan Ave. Becoming Medical Marijuana Row
More than 60 medical marijuana businesses are registered with the city of Lansing, and 11 of them are on Michigan Ave. between US-127 and the river.
And that's not sitting well with many who live in the neighborhoods nearby. The Eastside Neighborhood Organization is made up of a handful of groups that represent all of Lansing's east side. The group sent Lansing City Council a letter last week, urging members to vote in favor of a ban on new medical marijuana establishments.
"I don't think they should all be clustered together, when we're trying make Michigan Ave. better," said Nancy Mahlow, the Eastside Neighborhood Organization president.
James Lerma opened Evolve Medical Marijuana Services two months ago, rushing to beat the moratorium. He vows to be a good neighbor, and plans to open his space to artists and bands.
"I hope the community embraces me, because I'm embracing them," Lerma said.
But neighborhood groups aren't happy about Michigan Ave., the gateway to the Capitol, turning into Lansing's medical pot capital.
"What does it say to our visitors, when they drive up and down, and all they see is medical marijuana?" Mahlow asked.
Full Court Press against marijuana growing
That's what Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is orchestrating on the Mendocino National Forest --- which is odd, if you think about it. Shouldn't that be the feds' job?
UKIAH -- Mendocino County Sheriff-Coroner Tom Allman introduced the plan for a six-county, multi-agency operation to eliminate marijuana growth in the Mendocino National Forest publicly for the first time Thursday during a two-day symposium in Ukiah.
Colorado medical marijuana making way into Nebraska
Lawmaker mulls measure that establishes pot driving impairment level
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A state lawmaker is considering introducing a measure that would establish a marijuana driving impairment level similar to the 0.08 blood alcohol level.
The Denver Post reports that Boulder Democrat Rep. Claire Levy plans to sponsor a measure that sets the threshold for the active ingredient of marijuana in the bloodstream at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.
Vagueness in current state law plus concern over the rising use of medical marijuana prompted the ColoradoCommission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to draft a proposal.
Several states have zero-tolerance policies for THC or its metabolites, while Pennsylvania and handful of other states have established a 5 nanogram per milliliter of blood limit.
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