Voters ban most Kern County dispensaries

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Jun 062012
 

Kern County voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure to sharply limit where storefront medical marijuana dispensaries can be located in unincorporated county areas. With all precincts reporting, Measure G passed with 68.98 percent voting yes and 31.02 percent no, James Burger reports in the Bakersfield Californian. The initiative will practically eliminate nearly every existing shop that distributes cannabis under California laws that permit the cultivation and possession of the plant for medical purposes. Kern [read more …]

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 …]

Few dispensary sites in Kern Co. ballot measure

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Feb 262012
 

The medical marijuana ordinance that Kern County supervisors decided this week to send to voters in June would, if passed, outlaw nearly every established collective or cooperative “shop” in unincorporated Kern County and make it very difficult for them to reopen in a new location. To stay in business, the collectives would have to find a new home on industrial-zoned land that is at least a mile away from schools, public parks and churches, James [read more …]

Kern County puts strict dispensary law on ballot

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Feb 222012
 

Medical marijuana advocates who blocked a Kern County ban on storefront collectives with a signature drive last year vowed Tuesday to fight a very restrictive ordinance sent to the voters by supervisors. “The campaign will go forward full force,” said Heather Epps, president of Kern Citizens for Patient Rights, the advocacy group that gathered the more than 17,350 signatures needed to overturn a complete ban supervisors had approved on collectives and cooperatives anywhere in unincorporated [read more …]

Kern County seeks fine for excess marijuana plants

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Feb 132012
 

The Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider whether to fine the owners of a parcel where marijuana was being grown. The county could levy $58,000 in fines against the owners the property, on Olive Drive just west of Olive Drive Church, for the cultivation of medical marijuana in violation of the Kern’s controversial 12-plant-per-parcel limit on growing the drug for medical purposes. Kern County sheriff’s deputies initially responded to the two-parcel property, [read more …]