Marijuana Dispensaries Must Close Immediately
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Marijuana Dispensaries Must Close Immediately
Posted by CN Staff on March 08, 2011 at 20:10:19 PT
By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Source: Los Angeles Times
California -- The Los Angeles city attorney's office has stepped up its drive to close illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, notifying operators and landlords of 140 pot shops that they must close immediately.In a letter sent Monday, the office targeted dispensaries that did not file applications to participate in a lottery to choose 100 that will operate in the city. The city clerk received 228 applications from dispensaries and is reviewing them to make sure they meet the qualifications for the drawing, which include having been in business since Sept. 14, 2007.
Asha Greenberg, the assistant city attorney who has overseen the enforcement efforts, warned in the letter that the city could sue violators and seek financial penalties, as well as pursue administrative actions "to discontinue the use and padlock the property.""The next step for us is to wait and see if these places close, and if they don't close, LAPD will investigate them, and we will take legal action against the ones that remain," she said.The move restarts a process that began 10 months ago when the city sent warning letters to 439 dispensaries. That effort was disrupted when scores of dispensaries sued to challenge the city's restrictive medical marijuana ordinance. A judge declared parts of the law unconstitutional in December and the City Council adopted a new ordinance in January.Greenberg said the 140 dispensaries were identified from the earlier list. "We basically whittled it down to these that are currently open and operating, which doesn't mean that there aren't more out there," she said. "We keep getting information that places have reopened or new ones have opened up." Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times Published: March 8, 2011Copyright: 2011 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on March 09, 2011 at 10:38:25 PT
It is all to keep cannabis/hemp from competing.
I sit here now in my hemp-denim jeans, thinking how comfortable they are.I have not worn my Levi's 501's since the day my center seam got caught between the Moon and New York City!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 09, 2011 at 10:00:08 PT
NH: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House
New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House Committee in 14-3 Vote                               March 9, 2011 
            Contact: Kirk McNeil, NH Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy …(603) 845-6279Concord, NH -- The House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee brought seriously ill Granite Staters closer to relief today with a 14-3 “ought to pass” vote on a bill to allow the medical use of marijuana. H.B. 442, which creates a narrow exception in New Hampshire law for people with certain qualifying conditions to use marijuana to treat their conditions with a doctor’s recommendation, will now move on to the full House for a vote.Introduced by Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-), herself a cancer survivor, the bill has 5 Republican cosponsors, including the chair of the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee, Rep. John Reagan (R-Deerfield). HB 442 also enjoys strong support among voters; a 2008 Mason-Dixon poll showed that 71% of New Hampshire voters are in favor of allowing the use of medical marijuana, with only 21% opposed.URL:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 09, 2011 at 05:54:24 PT
Measure M, Marijuana: Election Results
March 9, 2011L.A. voters are on their way to approving a 5% tax on marijuana sales at the city's dispensaries. With 40% of precincts counted, Measure M is passing by a margin of 62-38.Theoretically, this could bring in $10 million in revenue. Realistically, it's likely to face a legal challenge from the dispensaries, so don't count on seeing this money any time soon.What does this say about Angelenos' attitude toward medical marijuana dispensaries? Well, it brings to mind the words of that great sage, Ronald Reagan..."If it moves, we tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And, if it stops moving, subsidize it."URL:
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