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 >>
Last January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit did what everyone predicted it would do and upheld marijuana's longstanding inclusion on the federal government's list of Schedule One narcotics. The ruling came in the wake of a lawsuit filed by Americans For Safe Access (ASA), ... 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 >>
If there's anything that Californians have learned in the 16 years since voters passed Proposition 215, it's this: medical marijuana is a mess. On the one hand, marijuana has gotten a lot easier to come by over the years. What used to be only available on the street or in a few scattered dispensarie ... 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 >>
Eric HolderEver since the federal government announced a major crackdown on medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries in California, a lot of people have been wondering what the hell Barack Obama is thinking. Message boards for medical marijuana activists in the state have been abuzz with on ... 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 >>
UPDATE, Oct. 21, 11:00 A.M. Ever since four U.S. attorneys in California announced their planned crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, cannabis rights activists have been asking one question above all others: where is California's top law enforcement official, Kamala Harris ... 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 >>
Any hope that President Obama, a legendary pot smoker back at Occidental College in the late 1970s, might reclassify marijuana as a drug that has medicinal value just went up in smoke. Nine years ago, for the third time since marijuana was prohibited more than a half-century ago, medical marijuan ... More >>
In December 2010, the Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. Then, for a few months, nothing happened. Cannabis collectives that had been operating on county turf continued to to so without being raided or even fine ... More >>
If you're in the habit of using your American Express card to purchase marijuana from your local dispensary, you might want to break out that Visa or remember to bring some cash in your pocket. That's because, according to an email that began circling among dispensaries and medical marijuana acti ... 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 >>
Every two-bit party hack, corporate lobbying group and, yes, of course, The Chosen One can get TV airtime to sway the masses this way and that, to and fro, the hot issue du jour. But make that issue the legalization of marijuana so that it may be taxed to save our state from going into the shitter a ... 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 >>
Valeant Pharmaceuticals, based out of Costa Mesa, wants to give cancer patients the munchies. The FDA has just approved Valeant's Cesamet, already on sale in Canada as Nabilone, to moderate nausea and vomiting in those undergoing chemotherapy. A Belgian company has made a similar project, Marinol ... More >>
Marvin Chavez is free. So can he please have his pot back?
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
Medical expert says Kubby should be studied, not busted
Body count grows in war on medical marijuana