Scroll down to the end of this post for an update on Ronnie Chang's case in the wake of Mayor Bob Filner's press conference Monday.
Original Post, May 21, 1:30 p.m.: In the midst of a major crackdown on California's medical marijuana movement, where most city officials are either working with the f ... More >>
Note to states considering medical marijuana measures: Don't forget to include a statute forcing cities and counties to enact zoning laws that will allow storefront dispensaries to operate.
Without something like that, your clubs are going to get shut down.
In a ruling issued this morning, the Cal ... More >>
Nine medical marijuana collectives that were raided by Long Beach Police officers in the past two years have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. The case, which was filed in the U.S. District Courthouse in Los Angeles, alleges a total of 21 raids involving strong-arm tactics and m ... More >>
2012 was a busy year for marijuana. It began with what looked like the beginning of the end of the medical marijuana industry in California and ended with the legalization of recreational weed in both Colorado and Washington State. Looking back through the posts in Navel Gazing's Cannabis Chron ... More >>
It's been almost a month to the day since Joe Grumbine was arrested at the Long Beach downtown courthouse when he showed up for a regularly scheduled trial conference hearing. Along with his partner Joe Byron, Grumbine had run a pair of Long Beach pot dispensaries as well as Garden Grove's Unit ... More >>
Today, Washington State made history by becoming the first state in the union where you can smoke marijuana just to get high. A bunch of folks celebrated that fact by gathering at Seattle's Space Needle for a stroke-of-midnight smoke-out. "I feel like a kid in a candy store," one of the midnight rav ... More >>
See updated information at the bottom of this post...ORIGINAL POST, May 31. 1:01 p.m.:You have to hand it to Joe Grumbine: he's a man who isn't afraid of taking a moral stand, even when just about everything in the universe is aligning to tell him to put his scruples aside. In a ridiculous tria ... More >>
This week has been full of crappy news for advocates of medical marijuana here in Orange County. First, there was the failed effort by U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) to amend the Justice Department's spending bill by preventing funding for the federal crackdown of medical mar ... More >>
It's another double installment, the last for a while one hopes, of stuff that happened and what we gleaned from it.MARCH 31: It's disclosed that Arthur Palomino, one of the children in Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al,, Orange County's most famous civil rights case, passed away. What We Learned: ... More >>
It's official: Former OC Weekly cover story icons Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine are no longer convicted felons.Both men were operators of a pair of Long Beach marijuana dispensaries as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective that were raided in Dec. 2009; they were convicted of pot sales in a Dec ... More >>
On Jan. 22, after nearly four years in operation, Garden Grove's Unit D collective finally shut its doors, less than a week after the city suspended its registration program for new marijuana collectives. Unit D was one of three marijuana dispensaries, along with two in Long Beach, that were raid ... More >>
Looks likes sentencing will have to wait for Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, who were convicted last month of marijuana sales in relation to a pair of marijuana dispensaries in Long Beach as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective. Instead, Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles D. Sheldon removed ... More >>
Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, the former operators of a pair of Long Beach medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective, were convicted on Dec. 21 of selling marijuana sales, tax evasion and electricity theft. Given the bizarre irregularities in their case--see this a ... More >>
Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, who operated a pair of Long Beach cannabis clubs as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective until they were raided and arrested along with all of their employees two years ago this month, were found guilty by a jury today of selling marijuana, tax evasion, and electri ... More >>
UPDATED, DEC. 7, 3 P.M.: The good news, if you can call it that, is that Judge Charles Sheldon, the 80-something judge in the trial of Joe Byron and Joe Grubmine, the former operators of a pair of Long Beach cannabis collectives as well as Garden Grove's Unit D dispensary, has taken down the scre ... More >>
UPDATED, Nov. 11, 11:00 A.M.: Hey everybody: happy 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the current millennium!And a happy hour it is indeed. Things might not be going so well for Long Beach collective operators Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine who are facing a trial later th ... More >>
Ever since their December 2009 arrests for selling marijuana, Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, founders of two collectives in Long Beach as well as Garden Grove's Unit D, have been to countless hearings at Long Beach Superior Court. They've been joined by their supporters of the activist group The Hum ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 7, 12 P.M.: Long Beach city officials are scratching their heads about how to respond to an appeal court decision that appears to overturn the city's medical marijuana ordinance. According to an article by Greggory Moore posted yesterday evening on Long Beach Post, the city attorney ... More >>
Why Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, the operators of two shuttered cannabis clubs in Long Beach as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective, were ever charged for selling marijuana in the first place is a mystery. After all, Long Beach not only does not have any laws banning marijuana clubs in the ci ... More >>
The Long Beach City Council is going to get an earful at its meeting tonight, courtesy of angry medical marijuana activists who are still angry at the city's December 2009 raid on dispensaries there. Among the speakers will be attorney Matthew Pappas, who will discuss a recent raid on a client of ... More >>
On Thursday, the Weekly published a news story about the sorry state of affairs in Long Beach, where medical marijuana activists have recently resorted to filing a lawsuit against the city for enacting a March 20, 2010 cannabis club ordinance that has all but outlawed collectives in the city. As ... More >>