Oct 312011
 

Two brothers were killed and another man was injured in a shooting at a medical marijuana grow site in Pixley on Saturday night, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said. Deputies were dispatched to a home on the 2500 block of East Sierra Avenue around 9:15 p.m. for calls of shots fired. When they arrived, deputies found two men dead of apparent gun shot wounds, the Fresno Bee reports. The two men were identified as brothers [read more …]

Fresno County dispensaries drop plans for initiative

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Oct 312011
 

Local medical marijuana advocates have dropped plans for a ballot initiative aimed at loosening Fresno County’s new marijuana law, Kurtis Alexander reports in the Fresno Bee news blog. Organizers of the drive, who are largely owners of pot dispensaries, said they couldn’t afford to shell out the more than $100,000 it would cost — especially with the federal government threatening to crack down on California’s quasi-legal marijuana trade. “Why invest the time and money in [read more …]

Kings County supervisors approve dispensary ban

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Oct 272011
 

Kings County supervisors brought the hammer down on medical marijuana Tuesday, voting to put in place a tough ordinance that will force commercial operations to shut down and allow only for personal growing indoors. The 5-0 vote came after impassioned testimony on both sides, Seth Nidever reports in the Hanford Sentinel. Medical marijuana users spoke in favor of more relaxed regulations that would keep the county’s two medical pot shops open. Under a law passed [read more …]

Kern Co. deputies stop ripping up Prop. 215 gardens

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Oct 272011
 

Kern County has changed the way it enforces a controversial ordinance limiting the cultivation of medical marijuana after a judge raised concerns about its tactics. The law, passed in August, was challenged in court by attorney Phil Ganong on behalf of several medical marijuana collectives and advocates, James Burger reports in the Bakersfield Californian. Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe refused Ganong’s request to block implementation of the ordinance limiting grows to 12 plants [read more …]

ASA sues to block federal crackdown on dispensaries

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Oct 272011
 

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country's largest medical marijuana advocacy organization, filed suit in federal court today challenging the Obama Administration's attempt to subvert local and state medical marijuana laws in California. ASA argues in its lawsuit that the Obama Justice Department (DOJ) has "instituted a policy to dismantle the medical marijuana laws of the State of California and to coerce its municipalities to pass bans on medical marijuana dispensaries." The DOJ policy has [read more …]

Cannabis advocates set sights on 2012 ballot measure

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Oct 262011
 

Medical marijuana advocates, decrying a federal government crackdown on dispensaries and a failure of state lawmakers to act, said Tuesday that they are drafting a 2012 ballot initiative to impose statewide oversight of California’s burgeoning medicinal cannabis trade. The ballot push, announced at a San Francisco news conference, is being readied by groups that include the architects of 2010’s unsuccessful Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana for recreational use, Peter Hecht reports in the [read more …]