Cities object to Fresno County’s outdoor cultivation ban

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Jul 262011
 

Fresno County leaders are facing a last-ditch effort to block their new medical marijuana restrictions – but not just from advocates of the drug. The cities of Selma and Fowler are asking the county to reconsider its ordinance out of fear it will push the marijuana trade into their backyards, Kurtis Alexander reports in the Fresno Bee. The county regulation – approved by supervisors July 12 but requiring a second vote next month – bans [read more …]

Pot gardens blamed for Tulare County town’s water woes

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Jul 192011
 

Seville’s 400 residents have lived years with tainted drinking water from their only well, but they say there is a new problem in town — water-hogging marijuana gardens. The outdoor gardens planted in the last year are taking so much of the town’s water that it sometimes takes 45 minutes to fill the kitchen sink for dish washing, they say. But it appears little can be done to fix the problem in this Tulare County [read more …]

L.A. Times editorial: Research cannabis, don’t fear it

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Jul 132011
 

What is it that makes marijuana more frightening to the federal government than cocaine or morphine? The Drug Enforcement Administration has steadfastly, over decades, listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has no medical value and that the potential for abuse is high. Cocaine and morphine, far more dangerous and habit-forming, are listed as Schedule II because they have some medical value. Last week the DEA ruled once again, a decade after [read more …]

Despite protests, dispensary ban passes first reading

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Jul 122011
 

11:55 a.m.: Dozens packed the Fresno County Board of Supervisors’ chambers this morning to protest efforts to rein in the local medical marijuana trade. But the objections fell short. Amid the vocal and at times unruly crowd, supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance that would shut down the county’s more than 15 storefront pot dispensaries and confine marijuana cultivation to a handful of industrial areas. The law must be voted on a second time before taking [read more …]

Supervisors will hear cannabis ordinance Tuesday

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Jul 072011
 

Fresno County supervisors will consider a permanent ban on dispensaries and strict limits on medical cannabis cultivation when a draft ordinance receives its first hearing Tuesday. The draft ordinance differs from an earlier version presented to supervisors in December, primarily by banning dispensaries entirely instead of regulating the collectives that operate them. But several provisions remain, including a ban on smoking medical cannabis except at patients’ personal residences; a total ban on outdoor cultivation; and [read more …]