[UPDATED with Dispensary Filing $30-million suit against city:] Dana Point Wins Another Judgment Against Cannabis Clubs
UPDATE, JUNE 17: Seems like the back-and-forth legal wrangling between the city of Dana Point and a pair of marijuana collectives is never going to end. The latest news: According to a recent OC Register story, Holistic Health, one of three Dana Point dispensaries that have been ordered to pay millions in fines for violating the city's municipal code, has filed a $30-million lawsuit against the city.
Holistic Health's founder Garrison Williams told the Register that Dana Point violated his right to due process when it closed his operation in January without ever having inspected the club. Another Dana Point collective that has been hit with massive fines, Beach Cities Collective, has already filed a $20-million suit against the city and has also appealed the city's victorious lawsuit, which resulted in roughly $7 million in fines against the clubs. However, the Reg reports, the third collective sued by the city, The Point Alternative Care, which has also closed, and been ordered to pay $1.9 million in fines, has not filed an appeal.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 1, 12:06 PM: My earlier blog post about Dana Point city officials trying to sue the hell out of all the medical marijuana collectives in their midst has already been updated one too many times, so this unfortunate news gets its very own, brand new post: the pot-hating city just won yet another round in its idiotic and expensive legal war on weed.
According to the Orange County Register, the Honorable David Chaffee just handed the city a $1.36 million judgment against Holistic Health and its operator, Garrison Williams, for violating the city's health and safety code. Two other judges have already made similar rulings against other Dana Point dispensaries. Back in March, Beach Cities Collective was ordered to pay $2.4 million and in April, The Point Alternative Care got hit with $1.9 million in penalties.
So far, though, Dana Point hasn't received a single penny from any of the clubs, despite having wasted $400,000 in legal bills alone. And they say smoking too much weed makes you stupid.