Will cities and counties face prosecution for medipot rules? ‘We can’t rule it out,’ says U.S. Attorney

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Sep 302011
 

Federal law enforcement officials are the wild card in the regulation of medical marijuana in California. Sometimes they play the trump. Sometimes they’re not even in the game. When storefront shops selling medical marijuana first appeared in Kern County, the Drug Enforcement Administration aggressively raided them and federal prosecutors filed charges against the operators. Then federal intervention slacked under a new administration and the burden of hefty law enforcement costs, James Burger reports in the [read more …]

Sep 082011
 

A man shot and killed south of Dinuba on Monday was tending to a marijuana garden, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. The victim – Cesar Ramirez, 39, of Hayward – was staying on the property on the 38600 block of Road 64. He was found in the garden about 3:45 p.m. with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene. Deputies went to the property after a 911 call about gunshots heard in [read more …]

Tulare County hits dispensaries with shut-down orders

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Sep 052011
 

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department officials have served four medical marijuana operations near Visalia, Ivanhoe and Seville with notices of violation requiring they shut down within the next 10 days. If the owners and operators refuse to comply, the county will file for a preliminary and permanent injunction to enforce compliance, Tulare County officials announced Thursday. The move comes nearly four weeks after a Tulare County Superior Court judge found the Foothill Growers’ Association, a medical [read more …]

Sierra pot growers moving to Central Valley, police say

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Sep 032011
 

Illegal marijuana farming has been moving from the Sierra foothills and mountains to the Valley floor, law enforcement officials say, and they suspect it has something to do with California’s controversial medical marijuana law. The theory is that growers, facing increased law enforcement pressure, have abandoned mountain and foothill hideouts and headed to the Valley because of the opportunity to grow black market marijuana under the veil of legality, Lewis Griswold reports in the Fresno [read more …]