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 …]

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 …]

As opposition mounts, SB 1262 fails to pass Assembly

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Aug 142014
 
As opposition mounts, SB 1262 fails to pass Assembly

Senate Bill 1262 is dead for the year after failing to pass the Assembly Appropriations Committee today, and a new author will be needed to push a similar bill next year. At one point, SB 1262 had bipartisan support from Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, a staunch advocate for medical cannabis patients, and the bill’s chief author, state Sen. Lou Correa. The bill would have created a state Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation in the Department [read more …]

May 212014
 

The Fresno Cannabis Association presents its first fundraiser and strategy session at 2 p.m. June 8 at Full Circle Brewery in Fresno. Come learn about the cannabis growing bans in the City of Fresno and Fresno County, and meet the people leading the legal fights against them. Food, drink and cannabis advocacy — tres bien! Facebook event page | Meetup event page Admission tickets are $10 at the door. This private event is for people [read more …]

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 …]