Fresno police rip plants from homes, greenhouse

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Mar 282014
 

This lightly edited press release was issued by the Fresno Police Department: One week after Police Chief Jerry Dyer presented a new ordinance to City Council on making marijuana grows in Fresno illegal, detectives with the Fresno Police Department’s Major Narcotics Unit received several dozen calls from citizens complaining of marijuana being grown in their neighborhood. On Thursday, detectives responded to 11 houses. At two of those houses, detectives removed 1,194 live plants, ranging from [read more …]

Fresno City Council passes cannabis growing ban

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Mar 272014
 

The Fresno City Council passed its new cannabis growing ban on Thursday, closely following the lead of Fresno County. Both ordinances feature heavy fines of $1,000 per plant, which county supervisors imposed for the first time Tuesday. Council Member Clint Olivier cast the sole “no” vote, as he did at the first reading on March 20. The zoning law goes to Mayor Ashley Swearengin for her signature; actual enforcement against indoor gardens is not expected [read more …]

County hits cannabis growers with $73K in fines

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Mar 232014
 

Two cannabis growers — and their landlords — are facing fines totaling $73,000 for allegedly violating Fresno County’s growing ban. Two hearings requested by Sheriff Margaret Mims are set on Tuesday’s agenda for the Board of Supervisors. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Fresno Bee coverage: Fresno County supervisors to hear from first group fined for pot gardens The cornerstone of the county’s new ordinance, the proposed fines amount to $1,000 per plant. County supervisors [read more …]

How Fresno cannabis patients can get their medicine

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Mar 212014
 

The City Council’s vote to ban all Fresno cannabis gardens was not surprising, but it did spur some old memories. Feels like yesterday, but nearly two years have passed since the outdoor growing ban was up for debate. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, watch this flashback as Fresno police and the City Council get all indignant over outdoor marijuana gardens in 2012. I don’t have the full Planning Commission audio [read more …]

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Mar 182014
 

Following the lead of Fresno County, which enacted a cannabis growing ban in January, the Fresno City Council will consider a ban of its own this Thursday. The proposed Fresno growing ban removes personal indoor cultivation as the last lawful option for medical cannabis patients to grow their own medicine. The first reading of the ordinance is set for 3 p.m., according to the Fresno Bee, but it could take a back seat to another [read more …]