US Attorney Warns Landlords Against Pot Shops
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US Attorney Warns Landlords Against Pot Shops
Posted by CN Staff on April 06, 2011 at 20:37:35 PT
By Sannon Dininny,  Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 
Yakima, Wash. -- The U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington has warned landlords that they could face forfeiture of their properties if they rent to medical marijuana shops.U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby also said in a statement Wednesday that his office is preparing for quick and direct action against the operators of the stores, noting that federal law prohibits marijuana use and marijuana stores are subject to enforcement action.
"We intend to use the full extent of our legal remedies to enforce the law."The owners of several shops in the Spokane area either did not return telephone messages seeking comment or declined to comment on the advice of attorneys.About 40 medical marijuana shops operate in Spokane County. Police have shut down some there, but elsewhere in the state, authorities have allowed shops to operate.Ormsby said many of the Spokane County stores are located close to schools, parks and playgrounds, where children are often present."Additionally many of these stores are conducting a high-volume, high-dollar business, far from the allegations of the operators that they are furnishing marijuana to 'patients' with debilitating medical conditions," he said.Ormsby said he hopes that notice to the landlords will lead to voluntary compliance and eviction.If the state wants to establish a distance requirement for shops located near schools and other entities, fair enough, said Philip Dawdy, media and policy director for the Washington Cannabis Association."We want everybody to have some well-defined limits that they can observe," he said. "This is butting into a fairly well-known state law that was passed by the voters."Washington voters approved the medical marijuana law in 1998. Activists and police alike have complained that it's vague, making no provision for how patients would obtain the marijuana, other than to allow them to grow a small amount.Commercial dispensaries have opened throughout the state. Enforcement has varied by locale.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Sannon Dininny,  Associated Press Published: April 6, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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News Article From Washington, D.C. 
D.C. Soon To Launch Medical Marijuana ProgramApril 7, 2011Washington, D.C. -- A medical marijuana program first approved by voters way back in 1998 is finally close to launching in the District. City leaders have drawn up rules covering the use of medical marijuana, and those rules are expected to take effect April 15. D.C. will allow as many as 10 cultivation centers and five dispensaries. Permit applications should be available April 17, provided the federal government doesn't shut down. If it does, then there could be a delay. If you're interested in running a dispensary or cultivation center, it will cost you $5,000 to apply for a permit. If your application is approved, you'll pay between $5,000 and $10,000 a year in operating fees. "Man, we should have about 100 of those places. We'll make a couple dollars of of this," joked Mayor Vincent Gray after announcing the fees. It's too soon to tell exactly where weed will be grown and sold, but those locations won't be allowed within 300 feet of preschools, primary schools or secondary schools. It's not clear how soon the program will be up and running, but D.C. Health Department Director Dr. Muhammad Akhter expects a strong response. "In the first year, there are going to be a couple hundred patients who will come forward to really take advantage of it." The Health Department is overseeing the program. Interested patients will have to get a recommendation from their doctors and will need to register with the city. The registration process hasn't started yet. Fifteen states already allow people to use marijuana for medical reasons. Follow Michelle and WTOP on Twitter. Copyright 2011 by WTOPURL:
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