See the bottom of the post for an update on this story. Original Post, March 10, 9:28 AM: A group of "concerned citizens and business owners" is filing signatures today with the Santa Ana City Clerk, hoping to turn around the recent "Potpocalypse" in that city. In case you weren't aware, an explos ... 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 >>
Like the proverbial broken clock that is right twice a day, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) is occasionally doing things that aren't completely crazy, like defending the Taliban or accusing the Obama Administration of intentionally lying to the American public about the Islami ... More >>
The Southern California Drug Task Force assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) designated "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" has busted a large scale drug distribution ring selling the party drug Ecstasy out of a Little Saigon apartment complex.According to a federal grand jury indi ... More >>
According to a study just released by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, chronic pot smokers can test positive for residual levels of THC in blood for up to several weeks after abstaining from smoking marijuana. The study is based on findings from 30 daily pot smokers who smoked ten joi ... 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 >>
UPDATE, JUNE 28, 10:55 A.M.: Authorities have identified the third man who allegedly tried to rob a medical marijuana deliveryman--only to watch his partner get shot and killed by a security guard--as 20-year-old Hwa Sung Sim.Because Minh Kinh Dang of Santa Ana was killed in the apparent commissi ... 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 >>
Anthony Gayle and Ryan Pack hope to make the city dismantle its cannabis-collective law
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As California voters weigh whether to support legalization of marijuana on the November ballot, forces for and against Prop 19 are stepping up the studies, statistics and rhetoric aimed at propping up their respective sides.
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 >>
DEA agents now have lots of party favorsThe price to party without inhibitions in Southern California likely just went up.Federal law enforcement officials announced this afternoon that a grand jury has indicted 15 individuals in Los Angeles and Orange County for conspiracy to possess and distrib ... More >>
UPDATE: As expected, the Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday night to annex Sunset Beach (updates throughout) . . . What's apparently Orange County's marijuana capital is one step closer to being part of Huntington Beach, which takes a dim view of the devil's weed. (At least officially ... 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 >>
A new study shows legalization and distribution of marijuana in California could cut the price of cannabis by up to 80 percent and increase consumption.Findings by the RAND Corp. also show revenues from taxing legal pot could be significantly higher or lower than the $1 billion estimated by the s ... 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 >>
Illustration by Simon DavisonRemember last October's arrest of a Los Alamitos man for having 62 pounds of pot and four pounds of hashish in his car after getting pulled over in Nebraska?The hammer has come down on 50-year-old Gerard Maddox.
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 >>
I thought people went to Taco Bell after toking the doob, not in search of it. The following story shows how much I know. From southwest Florida:The manager of a Cape Coral Taco Bell has been arrested after allegedly selling marijuana to undercover deputies on four separate occasions, three in the v ... More >>
Courtesy of the Orange County chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws:
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 >>