Fresno County judge dismisses $99K cannabis fine

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Jun 172015
 

Fresno County acted improperly when it imposed a $99,000 fine on a medical cannabis grower, a judge has ruled. Xiong Thao was cited for growing 99 cannabis plants in March 2014, the Fresno Bee reported, even though he had pulled up and removed the plants before the citation was issued by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Dale Ikeda said that language in the ordinance allows 15 days for removal of [read more …]

Fresno County cannabis ban faces CEQA challenge

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Mar 112015
 

A lawsuit challenging Fresno County’s cannabis cultivation ban on environmental grounds is nearing its final destination, with hearing set for April 30 in Fresno County Superior Court. The trial notebook shown below contains all the pleadings in the lawsuit filed against the County of Fresno by Michael S. Green, a medical cannabis patient and advocate. The suit alleges that the county violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when its cannabis cultivation ban was enacted [read more …]

Court records filed in challenge to Fresno growing ban

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Mar 052015
 

New court filings are available for viewing in the lawsuit filed by the Fresno Cannabis Association and the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients against the City of Fresno. The suit challenges the city’s cannabis cultivation ban, which was enacted in 2014 after Fresno County also banned growing. Both the city and county ordinances impose heavy fines of $1000 per plant for violations. The suit alleges that the city violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) [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 …]

Follow-up to Fresno County growing ban set

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Jan 282014
 

Title: Fresno County cannabis growing banLocation: Fresno County Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare St., Fresno CALink out: Read the staff reportDescription: Supervisors are scheduled to hear a companion ordinance to the Fresno County growing ban that was passed on Jan. 7. The trailer bill would delete previously permitted cultivation facilities from the land-use matrix found in the county Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance is listed as Agenda Item 7 and may be adopted at the meeting [read more …]

Make it go viral: Fresno County cannabis meme

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Jan 172014
 
Make it go viral: Fresno County cannabis meme

This Fresno County cannabis meme shown below is designed to be shared and tagged, and tagged and shared, with 420-friendly Fresno County voters. It’s bound to annoy some 420-unfriendly voters, too, but that’s how politics works. That’s how memes work, too, come to think of it. They’re like visual sound bites for Facebook.