Despite our many differences with Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) over the past several years--global warming/a.ka. "dinosaur farts," the Taliban, sloppy housekeeping to name a few--we've always admired his opposition to the federal government's heavy-handed prohibition on marijuana. With more ... More >>
Anybody notice that ever since Obama was re-elected, all's been quiet on the federal marijuana crackdown front?Maybe all those conspiracy theorists who claimed that Obama would move to legalize marijuana during his second term, or at least back away from the crackdown his administration launched in ... More >>
UPDATE, April 6, 12:00 p.m.: According to the LA Times news blog, Oaksterdam University's founder Richard Lee is retiring from the medical marijuana industry he helped create. "I've been doing this a long time," he told the newspaper. "Over 20 years...I kind of feel like I've done my time. It's time ... More >>
Six leading OC medical-marijuana and pot-legalization advocates leave no turn unstoned in examining the ballot initiative
Dispensary owner and Costa Mesa City Council aspirant Sue Lester is ready to 'raise my hand and do what I can for what I think is right'
Several Orange County cities outright ban 'em, the County of Orange looks the other way at 'em and our neighbors in Long Beach hold lotteries to allow 'em.'em are medical marijuana dispensaries, and as California marches toward possible legalization of the devil's weed this November, existing cli ... More >>
Now that an Orange County Superior Court judgment has been formally entered tossing out the lawsuit that claims the city of Dana Point's medical marijuana dispensary ban unconstitutionally interferes with Malinda Traudt's fundamental rights to life and safety under the California Constitution, th ... More >>
Medical marijuana clinic operators, who have not exactly received a welcome reception in Costa Mesa, have retained a Sacramento lobbyist in hopes of smoothing over their tense relationship.Medical Marijuana Providers Fight Back After Costa Mesa BustsBased on an introductory letter to Mayor Alan M ... More >>
UPDATE: Orange County Superior Court Judge Nomoto Schumann stuck to her temporary ruling and issued a final judgment tossing the lawsuit aimed at keeping open the medical marijuana dispensary relied upon by a 29-year-old San Clemente woman who was born with epilepsy, blindness and cerebral palsy. ... More >>
UPDATE: The council voted 8-1 to hold a hearing next month on whether to put a medical-marijuana tax on the November city ballot.The Long Beach City Council considered a proposal Tuesday night to put a ballot measure before local voters that would tax marijuana.However, Americans for Safe Access ... More >>
The 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana has stopped a lower court hearing that could have immediately shut down a Capistrano Beach medical marijuana dispensary.The appellate justices' temporary stay of Tuesday's scheduled preliminary-injunction hearing is related to the lawsuit filed in Or ... More >>
Photo by Eric ZassenhausThe perfect storm of California law allowing for medical marijuana collectives and local government crackdowns on storefront cannabis clubs has created the "explosive growth" of unregulated pot couriers.The Center for Investigative Journalism's nonprofit California Watch e ... More >>
OCMS Healing Leaves and two Garden Grove homes connected to Fountain Valley medical marijuana dispensary were reportedly raided last week.
From Beach Cities Collective's Facebook pageA San Clemente woman born with epilepsy, blindness and cerebral palsy has filed the first lawsuit by a medical-marijuana patient alleging Dana Point's dispensary ban unconstitutionally interferes with her fundamental rights to life and safety under the ... More >>
The change from Bush to Obama allows an OC couple to use Prop. 215 as a defense against federal drug charges
Chadd McKeen helps medical-pot patients grow their own, while openly bashing some weed dispensaries
A medical marijuana collective is seeking court intervention to be allowed to operate in Irvine.According to documents filed in Orange County Superior Court, the Power of Trinity Inc. alleges the city improperly denied the collective's request for a business permit in November.Sean Emery has the ... More >>
Illustration by Simon DavidsonWhile new fronts have opened in the legal war to keep the doors open at local medical marijuana dispensaries (more on that after the jump), there is one casualty to report.Yet to be determined is whether it is a fatal blow or merely a flesh wound. Earth Cann Wellness ... More >>
The arrest of 215 Agenda's owner has OC's medical-pot community wondering if it has a prayer of avoiding trouble with the cops
SafeHarborCollective.comDana Point Safe Harbor Collective looks safe from here.Sheriff's deputies served search warrants at a Dana Point medical marijuana dispensary and four homes in San Clemente associated with the business.
A federal judge has denied a restraining order aimed at keeping medical marijuana dispensaries open in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest while the court considers a lawsuit filed on behalf of four MedMar Patient Care Collective patients and based on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
After responding to an armed robbery Friday, Irvine Police indicated the city may shut down the victimized business: a medical marijuana dispensary.After responding to a robbery in Santa Ana Monday in which the homeowner was beaten by two men, Orange County sheriff's deputies seized items from th ... More >>
"We've established a safe access facility for all patients and their medical needs," stated the WeedMaps.com write-up for Salubrious Rx. "We always attempt to add compassion for this industry, and give it a more professional touch." And that the medical marijuana dispensary at 22607 L ... More >>
The Weekly is seeking a freelance writer for our biweekly medical-marijuana e-mail newsletter, Toke of the Town. The ideal candidate will be a skilled, experienced writer and reporter who is well-versed in the history and politics of California's medical-pot laws--from Proposition 215 to Senate B ... More >>
Flickr user theskywatcherIn a move that will likely increase President Obama's favorable rating even here in conservative Orange County, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered federal drug agents to stop prosecuting cases involving medical marijuana users and providers who obey state laws legalizin ... More >>
Photo by Christopher Victorio Ready for face time with the Lake Forest City Council Tuesday night. Medical marijuana advocates offered 1,000 free hamburgers to draw supporters to Tuesday night's Lake Forest City Council meeting, but only 300 showed up to plead with city officials to recon ... More >>
The other side of the health-care debate (think opposite of Fox News' town hall criers) has come out swinging of late.California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee just issued a statement with the provocative title, "California's Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims." ... More >>
Yes, the people popping up everywhere to disrupt explanations of Obamacare by congress people and administration folk seldom get covered these days. A favorite was two days ago on CNN, when the anchorwoman cut to such a town hall where a U.S. senator was detailing the plan. Without ha ... More >>
Cops around here have developed a nasty habit: bogarting joints. That is, they illegally confiscate medical marijuana, get dragged into court for violating state law, lollygag in chambers for years, and have the local verdict kicked up to appellate court, where they ultimately lose and have to give ... More >>
The all-Republican Orange County Supervisors voted 4-1 today in favor of allowing county residents who suffer from a variety of ailments to smoke and possess medical marijuana without being harassed by cops. And yes, OC cops do harass medical cannabis smokers, folks: You read it here first in "Dude, ... More >>
'Dude, what were you thinking?'
Ten years after California legalized medical marijuana, OCs war on cannabis continues
Protest the failing war on drugs at noon on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. Yesterday in Modesto the DEA raided the California Healthcare Collective, a medicinal marijuana dispensary. From the Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a pro-medipot NPO: The Modesto medical cannabi ... More >>
Fullerton is certainly full of something these days. Last month the Fullerton Planning Commission approved a resolution to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in their city. In fact, all the resolution woul accomplish is a violation of California law; that and a major buzz-kill to Jay's Paradise, the ... More >>
OC war against medical marijuana still rages
Alan Bock says the medical-marijuana war is over, and the good guys won
The sad fate of Orange Countys medical-marijuana movement
Now free, OC cannabis crusader Marvin Chavez is ready to open a new front in the war on the War on Drugs
'And I am running around in a state of euphoria'
Dave Herrick's strange odyssey through the U.S. war on drugs
Whos monkey-wrenching the Loose Moose Saloon?
Medical expert says Kubby should be studied, not busted
Body count grows in war on medical marijuana