Alameda County Halts Crackdown on Pot Clubs

Alameda County Halts Crackdown on Pot Clubs
Posted by CN Staff on September 25, 2005 at 08:33:48 PT
By Karen Holzmeister, Staff Writer
Source: Oakland Tribune
California -- Quicker than a puff of smoke, county efforts to clamp down on medical marijuana sales in unincorporated areas have been placed on hold. Alameda County has reined in its efforts to close three medical marijuana clinics by Oct. 1, and to subsequently issue three prized cannabis club operating permits in unincorporated areas, a county supervisor and sheriff's captain said Friday.
Instead, We Are Hemp in San Lorenzo, the Garden of Eden in Cherryland, and A Natural Source in Ashland  all of which faced closure after not applying in time for the county-mandated permits  can continue operating while the application process is re-reviewed. Three other dispensaries, which met the Aug. 30 application deadline, will be in limbo until the five county supervisors  who set policies for unincorporated areas  decide later this fall if the application process should be revised. Heat over dispensary application forms  from politicians as well as marijuana sales outlet operators  prompted the delay. Applicants were asked questions about family members, past employment, driving records and non-felony arrests or convictions. Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker of Alameda said the county has to balance the need for medical marijuana sales facilities with safety and good business practices. "The application forms were not approved by the board, and perhaps they went too far in terms of invasiveness, in the personal background information sought," Lai-Bitker explained. She referred to recent robberies at several clinics, including one on Aug. 19 at a dispensary on Foothill Boulevard in unincorporated San Leandro that resulted in the death of one of the robbers. Six dispensaries are operating in Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo. In June, county supervisors approved an ordinance that would halve that number, but added Castro Valley as one of the communities where marijuana could be sold. Supervisors also decided that sales should be limited to three locations with county permits and supervision. The sheriff's department is in charge of the permit process. Sheriff's Capt. Stephen Roderick said Friday that various county departments might ask the supervisors to revise the ordinance and modify the application form. That review could occur as soon as October, he said, adding that "there are a lot of factors to be reviewed." Operators of We Are Hemp and A Natural Source, and the attorney for the Garden of Eden, could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. Jack Norton operates The Health Center on East 14th Street in Ashland, one of the three dispensaries that submitted applications on time. A sheriff's deputy stopped by his business Friday to announce the continuation. Norton declined comment, stating "I'd like to see how this plays out." Source: Oakland Tribune (CA)Author: Karen Holzmeister, Staff WriterPublished: September 25, 2005Copyright: 2005 MediaNews Group, Inc. Contact: triblet Website: Articles:Only 3 Apply for Pot Clinic Permits Clinic Hopefuls Call Applications Too Invasive
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on September 26, 2005 at 10:45:08 PT
Off Topic
They just said that Cindy Sheehan was arrested outside the White House. Maybe now the news will give a little air time to the massive anti-war protests going on in Washington, DC. I sure hope so. It's Deja Vu all over again I hope.
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Comment #3 posted by unkat27 on September 26, 2005 at 09:14:22 PT
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Check out this cool pic from Oakland.
Trash the Fascists!
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on September 25, 2005 at 13:43:46 PT
I Still Don't Get Sheriffs Approving MMClub Permit
Shouldn't it be doctors or the county medical board. Medical, not Justice issue!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on September 25, 2005 at 10:08:46 PT
Related Article from The Associated Press
Pot Clubs Can Stay Open, for NowSeptember 25, 2005Oakland, Calif. -- Alameda County sheriff's officials say they will back off a September 30th shutdown order and instead allow three medical marijuana clubs in unincorporated pockets of San Leandro and Hayward to remain open.Last month's shutdown order by Sheriff Charles Plummer was prompted by Alameda County's new marijuana dispensary law, which demanded applications by August 30th from six existing pot clubs in unincorporated areas.Three of those clubs withheld their applications, complaining that a supplemental questionnaire sought personal information about dispensary operators and employees that went too far.For now, the clubs will be allowed to stay open, at least for another month until details of the application process are worked out and a new deadline is set.Copyright 2005 Associated Press
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