Fresno supervisors uphold $477K in cannabis fines

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Mar 182015
 

Fresno County supervisors voted Tuesday to uphold $477,000 in fines imposed against medical cannabis patients and property owners, while granting one property owner’s appeal. The vote was more symbolic than substantive, as many of the patients cited have either left the county or lack the ability to pay. Yet Tuesday’s hearings highlighted the fine-centric approach adopted by Fresno County, as well as the plight of non-resident property owners who get cited right along with the [read more …]

Mar 122015
 

Title: Fresno County Cannabis CircusStart Time: 9 a.m.Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015Location: Fresno County Hall of Records, 3rd Floor, 2281 Tulare St., FresnoDescription: Fresno County supervisors will pull out their rubber stamps to approve cannabis cultivation fines totaling $1.5 million against seven Prop. 215 patient-growers AND the owners of the property where the plants were grown. The smallest fine is $67,000; the largest is $800,000. Although the facts vary in each case, these leftovers from [read more …]

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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 …]

Fresno supervisors OK changes to growing ban

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Feb 252015
 

Fresno County supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve several changes to its medical cannabis ordinance, but the county’s dual bans on dispensaries and cultivation remain firmly in place. The amendments were intended to clarify the county’s stated claims that it can pretty much do what it wants in terms of enforcement. The county can show up without notice and rip down your plants, with or without your permission to go on the property. The county [read more …]

Supervisors weigh changes to cannabis growing ban

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Feb 072015
 

Supervisors will consider several procedural changes to the Fresno County cannabis cultivation ban Tuesday. Billed as a housekeeping measure in the county staff report, the proposed changes attempt to clarify (and perhaps justify) the muddled procedures used by Fresno County Sheriff’s Office during enforcement operations. More than 300 gardens were uprooted by sheriff’s deputies in 2014, and more than 70 arrests were made, but in most cases no notice to abate was issued that would [read more …]