Half of Pot Clubs Get Coveted Permits

Half of Pot Clubs Get Coveted Permits
Posted by CN Staff on December 23, 2005 at 09:15:37 PT
By Karen Holzmeister, Staff Writer
Source: Argus
California -- After years of sneers that selling medical marijuana is a back-street operation, Adele Morgan felt vindicated Thursday. The owner of We Are Hemp on Lewelling Boulevard in Cherryland was given an early Christmas present: an Alameda County Sheriff's Department letter stating her business has tentative approval for a permit to sell medical marijuana in unincorporated areas.
"I am glad, and I do feel vindicated, in a sense," said Morgan, who opened her storefront business five years ago after 29 years as a nurse and seven years with the county probation department. "We have been here so long, and have been no trouble," she explained. "I have a clean, clean background; we cater to older people here." Thursday was a day of contrasts for the six existing dispensaries competing for the three prized permits: * The Garden of Eden on Foothill Boulevard in Cherryland also received a letter of tentative approval, along with We Are Hemp and the previously notified Compassionate Collective of Alameda County on Mission Boulevard in Cherryland. * A Natural Source on Foothill Boulevard in Ashland received the equivalent of a lump of coal. The sheriff's department cited the dispensary's proximity  about a block  from a Montessori school as the reason for denying its permit application. It has 10 days to appeal the denial to a panel of county administrators. Sheriff's Captain Dale Amaral said location only and not criminal problems  including the shooting death of a suspected robber outside A Natural Source in August  was behind the denial. * Amaral said The Health Center and Alameda County Resource Center, both on East 14th Street in Ashland, may be able to ask county supervisors to overturn denials by the sheriff's department and administrative panel as soon as Jan. 10. Both cannabis clubs were denied permits because they are too close to schools and an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting hall. Restrictions cited in the medical marijuana ordinance adopted by supervisors last summer, and revised this fall, limit dispensaries from locating near educational sites  a 1,000-foot buffer zone is required  and community facilities as well as other marijuana sales outlets. The ordinance identifies three specific zones in the unincorporated area where each of the three permitted clubs can operate. The first zone includes San Lorenzo and a narrow strip of Cherryland running east along Interstate 238. The second zone covers portions of Ashland west of Interstate 580 and the southernmost areas of Cherryland. Ashland south of I-580 and Castro Valley make up the third zone. We Are Hemp appears to be the only dispensary in the first area. Both the Compassionate Collective and Garden of Eden are in the second area. If A Natural Source's denial is upheld on appeal, no existing marijuana sales outlet would be in the third area. This area  Castro Valley in particular  interests medical marijuana sellers who want to come to Alameda County. In October 2004, supervisors banned any more dispensaries while the ordinance was being prepared. "We have gotten calls from outside vendors who want to come in, and the community they ask about is Castro Valley," Amaral said. "We are not accepting applications from any other businesses than the six we now are processing." Note: Sheriff's department awards three in Cherryland, denies three in Ashland.Source: Argus, The (Fremont, CA)Author: Karen Holzmeister, Staff WriterPublished: December 23, 2005Copyright: 2005 ANG NewspapersContact: arguslet angnewspapers.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 26, 2005 at 08:22:17 PT
Council: No Pot for Christmas
By K Kaufmann, The Desert SunDecember 25, 2005 In a meeting notable for its brevity and lack of controversy, the Palm Desert City Council on Saturday passed a 45-day moratorium on the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.The vote was 4-0, with Councilman Buford Crites absent."The city is going to develop its own regulations," said Mayor Jim Ferguson. "I want to see people who need treatment get treatment."The moratorium may be extended for up to two years, but Ferguson envisions the city having regulations in place by April."I don't think we're using the moratorium as a subterfuge for a ban," he said.The Christmas Eve meeting was triggered by the possibility of an unlicensed dispensary opening today on Highway 111. Pierre Werner of Las Vegas, a medical marijuana user and advocate, had announced Friday he would open a dispensary at 74-273 Highway 111 on Christmas Day and distribute medical marijuana to qualified patients for free.Werner spoke briefly at the meeting, praising the council for not banning dispensaries altogether and stating his willingness to abide by any regulations it adopts."I'm disappointed," Werner said after the meeting. "(But) I hope to work with the council in the new year."He canceled the Christmas Day opening but said he plans to move from Nevada to the Coachella Valley in January. Werner has also applied for a business license to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 74-900 Highway 111 in Indian Wells. The Indian Wells City Council passed a 45-day moratorium on dispensaries on Dec. 15. The Palm Desert moratorium has support from area medical marijuana advocates like Lanny Swerdlow, director of the Marijuana Antiprohibition Project.
"I'm glad the Palm Desert City Council (is) going in a reasonable, rational way (toward allowing dispensaries)," he said. "I don't want to see a proliferation (of unlicensed dispensaries) while you develop regulations."The city already has one unlicensed dispensary, CannaHelp, on El Paseo. Ferguson said it will not be affected by the moratorium because it is already in operation.Copyright: 2005 The Desert Sun
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 23, 2005 at 15:47:06 PT
Off Topic: Bush Pardons Two Tennessee Moonshiners
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on December 23, 2005 at 11:54:59 PT:
Fearless leader.
It looks like our fearless leader Mr. Dick Tator has succeded in turning Iraq into Iran. He has believed himself to be magic ever since his mommy taught him how to turn his car into a driveway. His wife Laura once told him his car door was ajar so he tried to save pennies in it.
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