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 …]

May 122015
 

More than $1 million in cannabis cultivation fines were on Tuesday’s agenda for the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, but the total was reduced to $159,000 after the board navigated through several split votes and failed motions. Tuesday’s special meeting was the seventh set of appeal hearings scheduled since the county’s growing ban took effect in early 2014. Citations are issued for violations to both Prop. 215 patient-growers and to property owners, although the board [read more …]

Fresno supervisors: (Still) No lawful cannabis for you!

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Dec 032014
 

Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday rejected a proposal to allow medical cannabis patients to grow their own medicine, even on a small-scale basis. The proposal was one of five suggestions put forth in a report from County Counsel Dan Cederborg after a long, hot summer of zero-tolerance enforcement by Fresno County sheriff’s deputies. All cultivation of medical marijuana, both indoors and outdoors, was prohibited by a total growing ban that took effect in February. Related [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 …]

County hits cannabis growers with $73K in fines

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Mar 232014
 

Two cannabis growers — and their landlords — are facing fines totaling $73,000 for allegedly violating Fresno County’s growing ban. Two hearings requested by Sheriff Margaret Mims are set on Tuesday’s agenda for the Board of Supervisors. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Fresno Bee coverage: Fresno County supervisors to hear from first group fined for pot gardens The cornerstone of the county’s new ordinance, the proposed fines amount to $1,000 per plant. County supervisors [read more …]