Robert Shannon

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Long Beach Voters Back Marijuana Tax, Fail to Back Pot-Friendly City Atttorney

    Yesterday, Long Beach voters overwhelmingly approved taxing any marijuana dispensary operating in the city. Measure A, which won 74 percent of the vote, would impose a city business tax of 6 percent of gross receipts per dispensary as well as a $25 to $50 per square foot tax on marijuana grows. Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Carl Kemp, Long Beach Pot Lobbyist, Wins Surprising Endorsement

    Carl Kemp is a well-known government affairs expert and lobbyist in Long Beach. He's been around city hall a long time, so it's no surprise that when councilwoman Gerrie Schipske (subject of a recent OC Weekly cover story) announced she was vacating her seat earlier this year, Kemp threw his name in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    [UPDATED W/NEW INFO] DEA Raids Seven Pot Clubs In LBC!

    *See bottom of post for update: ORIGINAL POST, Oct. 10, 2:44 p.m.: As we reported last month, an Ace Hardware store in Long Beach drew the ire of Long Beach pot activists when it began protesting against the nearby Fourth & Olive marijuana dispensary. Folks protested the store and threatene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    California Supreme Court Drops Review of Long Beach Pot Ordinance

    The city of Long Beach's bizarre and ill-fated foray into the medical marijuana business has now gone full circle. Yesterday, the California Supreme Court announced it was not going to review the city's appeal of an appellate court ruling that struck down the city's 2010 medical marijuana ordinance. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Long Beach City Attorney Threatens LB Post Over Negative MedPot Coverage

    On June 19, Long Beach police officers raided the THC Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, for suspicion of operating in violation of the city's hotly-contested pot ordinance. During the raid, a camera captured one officer stepping on the neck of an employee who was lying face down on the gro ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2012

    Long Beach Offers Collective Punishment

    How the city's botched marijuana lottery screwed its winners and losers alike

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Long Beach City Council To Vote on Pot Ban Next Tuesday

    ​UPDATE, Jan. 18, 10:30 AM: The Long Beach City Council has yet again delayed its vote on whether to ban medical marijuana, this time because councilmember Suja Lowenthal was absent from the city council chambers. Ironically, the council had been expected to vote on such a ban last month, but Lowe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Long Beach Pot Ban Narrowly Avoided, Vote Delayed to Jan. 10.

    ​At about 10:15 p.m. last night, after more than five hours of tedious proceedings, the Long Beach City Council deadlocked on a motion to ban medical marijuana collectives in the city, a measure strongly backed by both the city attorney and police department. The vote, with four members in favor o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    [UPDATED WITH CITY'S NEAR CLUELESS REACTION] Long Beach Pot Ordinance Ruled Illegal: Cannabis Activists Winning?

    ​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 >>

  • News

    July 12, 2007

    LNG? WTF?

    Long Beach LNG-terminal developers ad campaign gets a chilly response

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2007

    Explosive Gas

    With the exception of the friendly folks at Sound Energy Solutions (SES), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi and ConocoPhillips, just about nobody in Long Beach—Mayor Bob Foster and most residents who already think there's enough industrial pollution at the port—want to see a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ... More >>