Fresno County cannabis fines challenged in court

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Apr 272014

A medical cannabis grower and her mother are awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether to stay enforcement of Fresno County cannabis fines totaling $43,000. Judge Bruce Smith said he expects a ruling by the first week of May, Marc Benjamin reports in the Fresno Bee. Smith said he was not “altogether unsympathetic” with the Holapatiphone family, which was fined $43,000 by Fresno County supervisors in noncriminal penalties after 43 medical marijuana plants were discovered without [read more …]

Apr 092014

A CEQA lawsuit that seeks to block the enforcement of the Fresno County cannabis ban was filed April 4, 2014. The lawsuit doesn’t claim the county ban violates Proposition 215 or Senate Bill 420, although it well could. Instead, the single cause of action claims the county violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This unofficial copy is lightly redacted. If the embedded viewer doesn’t work, click here. Exhibit A: Fresno County Ordinance 14-001 Exhibit [read more …]

Apr 062014

Having watched a few City Council meetings in my time, some of the yakking about the latest Fresno cannabis ban falls under the category of same ol’, same ol’. Where it gets downright surreal is when educated folks talk about fighting “criminal” cannabis gardens with code enforcement and heavy fines. No matter how much you smoke medical cannabis (or not), this isn’t easy to watch, but you should give it a shot. Part I: March [read more …]

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