As pot raids continue, drug czar opposes Prop. 19

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Jul 302010
 

Proposition 19, a November ballot initiative, would legalize recreational marijuana use for California residents over 21 and allow small residential cultivation — but also would put the state in conflict with federal law that says the drug is illegal. “The [Obama] administration opposes legalization of any drugs, including marijuana,” Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in an interview Thursday. Kerlikowske was in Fresno to announce the results [read more …]

Drug czar decries large-scale Sierra pot farms

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Jul 292010
 

Local law enforcement officials joined their federal counterparts Wednesday to deliver a unified message: Marijuana farming operations in the foothills and mountains of the Sierra Nevada are dangerous to citizens and the environment. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Benjamin Wagner, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, joined local sheriffs Margaret Mims of Fresno County, John Anderson of Madera County and Bill Wittman of [read more …]

Bud’s Blog: Moratorium puts Fresno County dispensaries on notice

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Jul 142010
 

A funny thing happened on the way to Tuesday’s vote to ban new medical marijuana dispensaries in Fresno County: Existing dispensaries supported the moratorium and pleaded for new regulations. They got their initial wish when county supervisors voted to pass a 45-day ordinance banning new pot shops, which likely will be extended in August. Whether new regulations will result is less clear, according to Fresno attorney Brenda Linder. “I represent four collectives who self-regulate because [read more …]

Fresno County supervisors to examine medical marijuana dispensary moratorium

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Jul 132010
 

Medical marijuana dispensaries have proliferated in unincorporated areas around Fresno since the city started cracking down on them last year. Now Fresno County is considering closing dispensaries as well, the Fresno Bee reports, using the same legal tool Fresno and other local governments have employed — zoning laws. The Board of Supervisors plans to discuss an ordinance today that would force dispensaries to temporarily close while county officials draft regulations for the operations. If the [read more …]

Fresno medipot dispensary reopens after court-ordered eviction

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Jul 102010
 

Two weeks after Fresno police moved to shut down a Tower District medical marijuana dispensary and evict the business from its Olive Avenue location, it was business as usual Friday, albeit one door down. Police have repeatedly tried to shut down the Medmar clinic and operator Rick Morse has repeatedly been sent to jail for violating a judge’s court order that prohibits him from selling marijuana, the Fresno Bee reports. Morse has engaged in a [read more …]