Every once in awhile you write a story that needs updating. More rare is the story whose updates become so convoluted that you're not really updating anymore, but essentially rewriting. Such is the case with Patient Med-Aid, the collective whose efforts to distribute cannabis to sick Orange County r ... More >>
As the Weekly has previously reported, the DEA is attempting to seize a $1.5 million Anaheim business complex from a computer engineer and his dentist wife over a $37 pot sale by a former marijuana dispensary tenant. The engineer, Tony Jalali, is being represented by attorney Matthew Pappas, as well ... More >>
See end of post for quick update about Med-Aids decision to shut down. Original Post, Aug. 7, 11:18 a.m.: Last Wednesday, DEA agents paid a visit to 17511 Griffin Lane, a building in an industrial neighborhood of Huntington Beach. The location is the most recent home of a group of disabled, sick an ... More >>
In my dead-tree edition of the Bong Blotter this week, about the ongoing potpocalypse in Orange County, I quoted the wheelchair-bound medical marijuana activist Marla James about her difficulties in finding a location for her cannabis collective, Patient Med-Aid. Patient Med-Aid is a group of severe ... More >>
Scroll down to the end of the post for updates. Original Post, May 8, 10:42 a.m.: For the past few years, Garden Grove has been one of the most reliably 420-friendly cities in California. It remains the last bastion of the movement in Orange County, where city-wide pot-shop bans and federal crackd ... More >>
But they're not shutting down without a fight
See next page for updates on this story.ORIGINAL POST, Jan. 25, 12:25 p.m.: Yesterday, medical marijuana activists seeking to overturn Santa Ana's ban on medical marijuana collectives showed up at city hall with 16,000 signatures of city residents who want the pot clubs back in business. The group, ... More >>
*See end of post for an update.Original Post, March 5, 10:46 p.m.: Until last month, there hadn't been any medical-marijuana dispensaries in Sunset Beach since late 2010, when county officials ruled the unincorporated community had to shutter three clubs operating there, just before that city merged ... More >>
Will law-abiding citizens lose their investment property in the city that hosts the Kush Expo?
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A peek inside Orange County's most exclusive medical-marijuana club, one no one wants to join
A group of medical marijuana patients has filed a lawsuit against the city of Anaheim alleging that the city's cooperation with the federal government's crackdown on dispensaries violates state law. According to the lawsuit, the law in question, the California Disabled Person's Act, (CDPA), "prohibi ... More >>
This isn't exactly surprising, seeing as how marijuana remains illegal under federal law despite having been legalized for medicinal purposes in more than 15 states. But yesterday,a three-judge panel with of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the citie ... More >>
Update, Feb. 8 11:45 a.m: According to the Orange County Register, the city of Costa Mesa invited the DEA to raid medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city as early as last October. In a story published yesterday and updated this morning, the Register says it has obtained an Oct. 26 le ... More >>
The Montessori center next door is part of Lake Forest's latest effort to boot medical-marijuana dispensaries
C3 Patient Association's head fancies himself a truth-teller in OC's medicinal-marijuana communtiy. And because of that, he just might be its most hated member
Chadd McKeen helps medical-pot patients grow their own, while openly bashing some weed dispensaries
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 >>
Flickr user Marxchivist"Marihuana, 1936"What is it lately with all the bad news coming out of Lake Forest and Costa Mesa when it comes to medical marijuana? Both cities have been the location of several recent, high-profile raids targeting pot dispensaries. In Lake Forest, two clubs were busted, ... More >>
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).
As a Lake Forest medical marijuana dispensary owner and manager were being convicted today of selling and possessing cannabis, a Mission Viejo law firm was announcing a federal lawsuit aimed at barring authorities from denying patients access to Costa Mesa and Lake Forest dispensaries.