Bakersfield Californian: Measure G hurts Prop. 215 patients

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May 172012
 

California voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, giving “seriously ill Californians … the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes” as recommended by a physician. The practical implementation of Prop. 215 has been messy, contradictory and confusing, and it conflicts with federal law. Subsequent state regulations on the issue have tempered one problem while creating others. And local governments have passed a patchwork of regulations — and faced ensuing court battles over their [read more …]

Feds, local cops raid Bakersfield cooperative

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Mar 312012
 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a medical marijuana cooperative Thursday. A search warrant was served at For the People, 509 Ming Ave., but no other details were disclosed because the case is under court seal, DEA spokeswoman Casey Rettig confirmed Friday. The shop’s owner, Leo Resendez, said the raid occurred before noon and was conducted by the DEA and local law enforcement. Resendez said the raid was conducted very respectfully and was by far [read more …]

Will cities and counties face prosecution for medipot rules? ‘We can’t rule it out,’ says U.S. Attorney

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Sep 302011
 

Federal law enforcement officials are the wild card in the regulation of medical marijuana in California. Sometimes they play the trump. Sometimes they’re not even in the game. When storefront shops selling medical marijuana first appeared in Kern County, the Drug Enforcement Administration aggressively raided them and federal prosecutors filed charges against the operators. Then federal intervention slacked under a new administration and the burden of hefty law enforcement costs, James Burger reports in the [read more …]

Kern County extends moratorium on new dispensaries

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Oct 062010
 

Kern County supervisors extended, for more than 10 months, a moratorium on new medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives in Kern County on Tuesday. But they agreed to investigate allowing existing co-ops to move to a new location, an idea proposed by a newly formed coalition of cooperative business owners, James Burger reports in the Bakersfield Californian. “Today was an indication that the board is trying to legislate in a responsible way,” said attorney Phil Ganong, [read more …]