L.A. Sues To Force Pot Dispensaries To Close
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L.A. Sues To Force Pot Dispensaries To Close
Posted by CN Staff on December 02, 2011 at 04:51:56 PT
By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Source: Los Angeles Times
California -- Los Angeles has sued nine medical marijuana dispensaries to force them to close immediately and permanently, even as more boldly open throughout the city, often in prominent locations.With hundreds of dispensaries in L.A., City Atty. Carmen Trutanich decided to target those within 600 feet of a school, a violation of state law. The city is seeking civil penalties of up to $5,000 a day if the dispensaries defy the lawsuits and remain open.
"These are the ones that have been brought to our attention. There could be others that are within 600 feet of schools," said Asha Greenberg, the assistant city attorney who leads the effort to shut down illegal dispensaries. "If we do see more of them cropping up this close to schools, or we become aware of them, then we certainly are going to take action against them."The lawsuits, which were filed Nov. 15, may be followed by more next week. The city has already sued about 40 dispensaries and about a quarter have closed, Greenberg said.It is unclear how many dispensaries Los Angeles has, but 372 marijuana businesses filed by the Oct. 31 deadline to begin paying the city's 5% business tax on gross receipts. City officials estimate that there were once as many as 850, but they believe the number has since dropped.Recently, however, more have started to open, irritating neighborhood councils. The East Hollywood Neighborhood Council voted unanimously to support a ban. In January, a ban may be debated by the City Council. Some council members are concerned by the costly legal battle to shut shops down and a court decision that raised doubts about whether cities can regulate medical marijuana sales."We do get complaints literally every day, so we're trying to catch up," said Greenberg, who acknowledged that the ongoing legal battles are expensive and time-consuming. "It's very resource intensive, and these cases are very heavily litigated."In the lawsuits, the city argues that the dispensaries violate a state law that prohibits them within 600 feet of a school. Montana Caregivers on Victory Boulevard in Valley Glen, for example, is in a corner strip mall next to Laurence School, a private elementary campus with 315 students.The city's ordinance excludes dispensaries within 1,000 feet of a school, but Greenberg said the city did not sue based on that requirement because the ordinance has been the target of extensive litigation.The city also sued Absolute Herbal Pain Solutions and La Brea Collective in Mid-Wilshire, Greencare Givers and Organic Heaven Cooperative in Hollywood, Colorado Quality Pain Relief and Organic Healing Center in Eagle Rock, My Green Garden in Sherman Oaks and Kind Meds Collective Care in Encino.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author:  John Hoeffel, Los Angeles TimesPublished: December 2, 2011Copyright: 2011 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #17 posted by disvet13 on December 05, 2011 at 18:47:04 PT:
following their own agenda's
6 months ago attorney general holder was caught shipping guns to mexico, so they could study the flow of guns, last week we find the dea and atf have been handling millions of dollars so they could study the flow of the money. men following their own agenda's, playing adversarial process bureaucracy, and they just gave them an increase in budget to fight the drug war. they created the drug war to steal the wealth of america, and they have killed 40,000 mexicans so they can study the flow of drugs and guns. adrenaline junkies, little jack booted thugs, riding around in helicopters, thinking they stand for truth and justice and the american way, all they are is nazi's in training, waiting on the antichrist, antiyeshua, antiamerican adversarial process bureacracy slaves to lawyers and politicians. eisenhower said it best"fear the industrial military complex takeover". they need the drug war. their vote counts more than yours.
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Comment #16 posted by museman on December 05, 2011 at 10:52:17 PT
Suddenly it's 'politically correct' to be saying these things.I appreciate the link, and I have to say, 'better late than never' but I don't believe that everything moving in the world is totally connected or dependent upon the whims of high finance.I do find it ironic that now that the 'crisis' is full upon us, that a 'warning' like this (Wow! as early a Nov 1 2010-LOL) is more acceptable (to mainstream) in its incredible dense detail of numeric calculation and statistical analysis, than a simple observation of events and trends that have been happening a lot longer than just the past decade or so. Its 'more acceptable' because the asinine values of this society considers this guy to be an expert, I mean he spent a 'million' dollars 'to get the message out!' What more 'qualification' do you want?Well that's hardly efficient, when all anyone had to do was listen to the 'non-experts' who nevertheless had enough intelligence and cognitive abilities -not limited by academic parameters of 'expertise' to get a pretty good picture of what's been going on, and heading our way since, by my reckoning, about 10,000 BC or so. History is full of them, and the ones that history deliberately avoided or simply missed due to the 'superiority' theory of human values and worth, actually have more content in their messages, than the ones recorded, with perhaps one or two notable exceptions.The fact, yes, the FACT that Y'shua came to deliver the same message -without the formulating and materialistic narrow mindedness that has come to prevail in isolated left-brain thinking, always gets left out of the 'expert' testimony, should cause at least a tiny bit of humbleness in the 'expert testimony' but then Y'shua wasn't trying to sell you his message, or anything else, it was free.You know, I have reigned in my 'unbridled cynicism' over the years, in a compassionate attempt to 'soften the blow' of the very important messages that I and others who listen to the 'still small voice' -and know what it is, and what it isn't- have been obligated to deliver to the rest of the unbelieving world. Yes obligated, because, many of us realize at some point in our desire to "Get out of this place" that we are all in the boat together, and no one gets special preference on the boat that's leaving, it's all or none. We realize that everyone is needed to crew the ship of this earth through the turbulence of time and space, and only by waking up the sleeping crew can we even begin to have a hand in our collective, and therefore individual destiny.The false values of the global civilization -not the global consciousness that is awakening- are the millstone around our collective necks. The idea that debt, money, banking, and other forms of USURY -and LAW that forces those false values upon those who do have other more realistic values- is going to solve its own falseness by adding more of the same to the mix is just ludicrous. Those false values are like heavy weights, -the more you falsely believe, the less movement you can make in real evolution and progress.Y'shua said it. John Lennon said it. And the list goes on. But Y'shua was a 'myth' and John Lennon was a 'drug addict.'But by God if you got a degree in statistical analysis, or accounting, then obviously you got it over on them!Yes there is a crisis, and impending disaster. And yes, there is a lot of the 'economic crisis' that has been orchestrated by the ruling factions -who happen to be the so-called 1% the people in the streets are going on about. But the awakening of mankind is not happening because of the greed and money worship of the golden few - its happening because there is no time left to keep f--king around with all this nonsense, its time to seriously GET REAL!FoM said it. I have said it repeatedly;GET OUT OF THE CITY!Or you may not be able to soon.I did that 45 years ago, when I saw it all in a vision that got me ridiculed and rejected before I even started puberty. And I had ingested no 'substance' (I didn't even know about pot or LSD at the time). At the time I was a teenager, so it took me a few years, including being totally re-programmed by the military, and having to exorcise that false set of thought forms to regain myself, before I was able to successfully escape the city and it's doom.Then when I finally did 'expand my mind' through a few psychedelic substances, my initial awareness was added to, and much more information -(organic, living information, not fixed, dead and unchanging -like is credited to 'experts')became available through new perspectives.Until very recently, I have been getting angry at the carpetbagger mentality that has jumped on the wagon at the last minute, as if they were somehow the authors of the awareness, and as they 'bask in the praise of their peers' I have refrained from barfing every time I see their claims of 'expertise' and self crediting honors.But I realized, (on a core level -I was always intellectually aware) just a month or so ago, that it was never about credit. It was always about the message. And those who desire credit, only defeat the message. I also realized that every seed I ever planted in the global consciousness -by various means of communication- have sprouted and grown far beyond my original expectations. The fact that very few -except one or two of my closest friends did not see me do these things is not the point. The seeds were sown and they grew into mighty ideas. Those of us who have sown these seeds of thought and awareness should be satisfied that the message was received, and not get hung up so much on 'who' delivers it. If the intent was to raise consciousness, than it was a success. If it was to garner self glory, money, and prestige, than I hope they got their '15 minutes of fame' because that's about all they'll get. Particularly if they stand in the way of the growth of the message by claiming possession and authorship.There are certain modes of thinking which ought to be an offence to any real thinking person, but when the mainstream society honors mediocrity over magic, statistics over feeling, 'law' over justice, and the pseudo intellectua of 'academic achievement' over life experience, then those modes of thinking are held in false esteem, at the expense of true progress towards real life on planet earth.Every human being has the faculty to know, understand, and incur original thought, but the masses (up to now) have deferred their own responsibility, conscience, and the use and exercise of these faculties, relegating the labor of thinking to 'those more qualified'. Pure crap and nonsense, and its past time to become aware of it.Continuing to cowtow and compromise with antiquated thought forms, for a 'few dollars more' or 'one more day of comfort' though understandable, is just not progressive, it is a stumbling block in the way of our futures.So, because I know that ultimately all the 'expertise in the world' pretty much amounts to nothing but hot air -cooling fast, there is just no way I am going to pretend otherwise. I would be remiss to those who are getting the message to contaminate it with the same old tired cliches and compromises, so I don't, and I will not.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on December 04, 2011 at 14:48:40 PT
HempWorld Comment 13
I didn't watch the video but I believe exactly like I have always believed. Move away from the cities, learn how to survive, and the stock market is like going to Vegas and playing the slots so I would never consider it. I also believe in what we own is our wealth. 
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Comment #14 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 04, 2011 at 13:17:13 PT:
Thank you! 
I can see why news regarding the dollar's health is of some concern to those who have any.The trend is clear but a picture of the overall impact impact is not.
That sheer demographics (along with a slight stab in the back) will change the dollar's status as the reserve currency is not in doubt, at least not in my mind.It may not come about as fast as those selling financial advice think however.There are still serious forces at work, attempting to stall the inevitable, at least until financial exit strategies for the "right players" are in place.But will there be panic?Oh, I'm sure there will be, especially among people who have lots of debt.Whether this translates into general panic on Main Street America, is not as clear.The number of people who actually jumped out of their office window when the stocks crashed in 1929 is smaller than the anecdotal evidence suggests.Americans are resourceful people, so the impact of all this is difficult to assess.It is clear from reading the comments on this page that the World's "Fiscal Polarity" is flipping over.Quite likely this is it.
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Comment #13 posted by HempWorld on December 04, 2011 at 10:19:08 PT
OT Impending Collapse of USA...
I am so sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
Check This Out!
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Comment #12 posted by HempWorld on December 04, 2011 at 10:16:09 PT
OT Meanwhile... DEA Launders Mexican Drug M...
DEA Launders Mexican Cartel Drug MoneyWASHINGTON — Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.
The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.
They said agents had deposited the drug proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents.
The officials said that while the D.E.A. conducted such operations in other countries, it began doing so in Mexico only in the past few years. The high-risk activities raise delicate questions about the agency’s effectiveness in bringing down drug kingpins, underscore diplomatic concerns about Mexican sovereignty, and blur the line between surveillance and facilitating crime. As it launders drug money, the agency often allows cartels to continue their operations over months or even years before making seizures or arrests.
DEA Go Away!
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on December 03, 2011 at 21:28:42 PT
Oh my gosh!
I had no idea there were so many videos of you, Herbdoc, on YouTube. Actually, I had no idea there were any videos of you on YouTube. I've spent the entire evening watching them and I haven't even watched half of them. They're wonderful. I love it when you talk cannabis!
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on December 03, 2011 at 18:16:25 PT
It's really good to see you.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on December 03, 2011 at 18:04:56 PT
Love you man. So good to hear from you.
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Comment #8 posted by herbdoc215 on December 03, 2011 at 16:48:10 PT
Just to be clear...I only consult for them!
and am not involved in any other way...I wasn't even told what the videos were being used for before they were made as I am always down with helping other patients with information but definitely wouldn't want the impression this was mine as last thing in the world I want is the govt pissed at me again. I should be doing a lot more video soon and they are getting very good at editing them so they might start making some sense soon :) The better link that dude below should have listed here would have been this one...
and here is a better one...
as it is more information oriented. Just wanted a few friends here to see what I've been up to this summer and to say hello and that I still check here as much as time will allow. Peace, Steve
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Comment #7 posted by Monterey Bud on December 03, 2011 at 06:36:06 PT:
Special brand of logic 
Carmen Trutanich and Steve Cooley should be tarred and feathered, then run out of town. These two little black harted throw backs need to move to UTAH Where their special brand of logic is appreciated.
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Comment #6 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 03, 2011 at 04:49:59 PT:
              Paint with light
Thank you.
I never realized how many law officers were in that particular category. LEAP is a real eye-opener.It illustrates that there are many different forms of "Tipping Point", "Critical Mass", "Boiling Point" and many other phrases that describe what is happening in America right now.Something's gonna give, and real soon!
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Comment #5 posted by Paint with light on December 03, 2011 at 01:19:35 PT
Leap article
I don't know if this link is too long but I thought ekim would know about it. like alcohol.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on December 02, 2011 at 12:08:46 PT
As I quietly observe the world go around I believe we will never be the same again. It's been a long time coming but it is happening. Grassroots people are making the difference. From the bottom up not the top down is how change should happen in a Democracy.
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Comment #3 posted by museman on December 02, 2011 at 10:57:36 PT
#1 -another 'quote'
"Labor is sovereign over capital!" -the fundamental philosophy of the Mondragon economic system.That means that the laborers are 'worth more' than the investors. Maybe its because they actually do all the work?This, 'Strawman' system of trading future economic returns based on the estimated taxability of any one social security number is in supreme error, and needs to be abolished.When unions began to appear after the last major 'economic depression' -they were headed towards common sense in the workplace, but capital, as the ever waving carrot-on-the-stick has managed to undermine every attempt at labor solidarity. Its just so easy to buy a person when they ultimately believe in the power of capital over the power of humanity.We are in the beginning stages of a huge paradigm shift. Those who see, or sense it, should be taking it seriously.Now that 'the man behind the curtain' is revealed, its kind of stupid to go on pretending you are still under the benevolence of the 'wonderful wizard of Oz.'LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on December 02, 2011 at 09:35:14 PT
Government Playing Whack-a-Mole with Dispensaries
Supply and Demand, indeed. What a waste of scarce city government resources!Of course, the Federal War on some Drugs richly rewards such nonsense with it's forfeiture laws, money laundering laws, and lots of cheap war-surplus weapons and body-armor.The black market is healthy while the official market tanks.Spank the banksters.
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Comment #1 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 02, 2011 at 07:12:45 PT:
"Smoke-easies" Outside the law? 
The Law a funny thing. In some places it's a popularity contest, similar to a team sport where the game is to determine the winners and losers in advance without bothering to obtain input from a public that just does not understand how capitalism works! Now I am not a lawyer, but I understand the law of supply and demand. I understand how economies grow when supply and demand meet in the marketplace, where the only certainty one can expect is that prices will find their own level.
Accordingly, I can only come to the conclusion that all of the shops are within the law of supply and demand, something capitalism depends on, for jobs, for cash flow, for growth.
 It is uncertainty that causes so much stress among those who value control as their greatest asset. The Big-Money would love nothing more than to count the entire labor force as "Capital", to be moved around, deployed or dismissed for the benefit of the few – so that their uncertainty, and the stress that goes with it, may be lessened.By the way, this is one of the supporting principles of Fascism."Labor is capital." – Adolf Hitler (from "Mein Kamf")During the Last Prohibition, it was the popularity of the "speakeasy" that brought the foolishness of that era into clear focus.Shortly after that, a hummingbird flew away with the Washington Monument tied to its tail, and prohibition was over.we are getting close!Legalize Freedom!
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