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21 US CA: PUB LTE: 'yes' On Riverside Medical MarijuanaSun, 29 Jun 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Pepper, Letitia Area:California Lines:41 Added:07/03/2014

Sacramento, and cities like Palm Springs and Los Angeles have tax bases that include well-managed medical marijuana dispensaries, but the city of Riverside does not.

Why haven't the city of Riverside and its police chief ever tried to work together to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries?

They regulate adult businesses, pawn shops, pharmacies (the repositories of lots of valuable, illegal-without-a-prescription drugs) gun stores, smoke shops filled with deadly and valuable tobacco and more - but claim they are unable to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

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22US CA: City Sues Registrar To Block Marijuana Ballot MeasureTue, 10 Jun 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Robinson, Alicia Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/11/2014

Initiative would legalize and regulate a handful of pot dispensaries; city argues it would violate state, federal law

Less than a month after medical-marijuana supporters learned they had collected enough signatures to get their measure on Riverside's ballot in 2015, the city has filed a lawsuit to stop the county registrar from putting the issue before voters.

Riverside currently bans all marijuana dispensaries through its zoning code. Last year, the state Supreme Court sided with the city in a legal challenge to the ban.

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23US CA: Inland Cities Confident Pot-shop Bans Will StandSat, 31 May 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Rokos, Brian Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/03/2014

A medical marijuana advocate, however, sees the progression of federal legislation as a ray of hope.

A longtime Inland activist was hopeful Friday that a House vote on a bill related to medical marijuana would be a step toward overturning local bans on dispensaries, but city leaders said they doubted that the bill, even if it became law, would affect those bans.

An amendment to an appropriations bill blocks the federal government from spending money to prohibit the implementation of state laws authorizing medical marijuana. If the Senate passes the bill and the president signs it into law, states like California would be able to continue their medical marijuana programs, without threats from the federal government.

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24 US CA: PUB LTE: Ontario International Over Medical PotSat, 24 May 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Shurtz, Larry Area:California Lines:39 Added:05/25/2014

What a bittersweet moment to see Riverside having to place the medical marijuana issue on the 2015 ballot. What a waste of money!

The entire state of California already passed it several years ago and now two states have made recreational use legal. Why can't those who ban it enforce the state laws we have in place?

By allowing legal medical pot to be sold in selective areas, such as commercial warehouse areas that already have surveillance cameras in place, the medical pot businesses can hire extra security with the millions of dollars they will take in via taxation.

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25US CA: Editorial: Riverside Again Ground Zero in Medical PotFri, 23 May 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/23/2014

The national debate over marijuana continues to waft through the city of Riverside. A city initiative allowing medical-marijuana dispensaries has qualified for the ballot in June 2015. Reported the Press-Enterprise, "Riverside, which now bans dispensaries through the zoning code, could prove a battleground for medical marijuana supporters and opponents."

The city already was ground zero in earlier skirmishes involving Proposition 215, which 56 percent of voters passed in 1996. It legalized medical marijuana with a doctor's permission. The initiative's language specifically said approval would encourage federal and state governments "to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana."

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26US CA: School District Sues County After Drug BustSun, 04 May 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Burge, Sarah Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/05/2014

The Temecula Valley School District has sued Riverside County and the Sheriff's Department in connection with an ongoing lawsuit by a student who was arrested in an undercover school drug bust.

The teen, who is autistic, sued the district in October, almost a year after he was accused of selling a small amount of marijuana to a deputy posing as a student at Chaparral High School. His lawsuit accuses officials of negligence, alleging district officials authorized a drug sting targeting the teen even though they knew he suffers from disabilities and was in special education.

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27US CA: Longtime Marijuana Legalization Advocate Still SeeingThu, 17 Apr 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:DeAttley, Richard K. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/18/2014

If there is a stereotype of someone advocating marijuana legalization, it's not Lanny Swerdlow.

The Whitewater resident, who has been an activist for 15 years in both Riverside and Palm Springs talks fast, quotes numbers and studies about cannabis, writes for several publications, and shows absolutely no signs of being laid-back during an interview in his Hemp and Cannabis Foundation office in Riverside.

Opened in 2008, it was set up to help provide medical marijuana physician recommendations.

When in comes to the green, there is no grey for Swerdlow, 68 . Obtuse, he is not. Police, he said, "are afraid medical marijuana's gonna lead to marijuana legalization - which it will. Colorado and Washington are perfect examples."

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28 US CA: LTE: Pot A Bad Gate To OpenMon, 17 Mar 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Cable, Kenneth M. Area:California Lines:39 Added:03/18/2014

President Barack Obama recently remarked that smoking marijuana isn't worse than drinking alcohol, and that he had smoked marijuana as a young man.

Having worked in law enforcement for 35 years, I disagree with the president.

Many people may deny that there is a link between smoking marijuana and taking harder drugs, but my professional experience convinces me they're wrong.

The euphoria produced by marijuana has led legions of young people on to a life of drug abuse.

Advocates have achieved incredible success pushing for marijuana's acceptance, and states looking to cash in have jumped on the bandwagon.

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29 US CA: PUB LTE: Legalize MarijuanaSun, 16 Mar 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Shurtz, Larry Area:California Lines:37 Added:03/17/2014

Reading about the cities lacking tax revenue, I feel like a stranger in a strange land. Growing up in this conservative hotbed, I cannot fathom forbidding businesses - which generate tax revenue - from engaging in legal endeavors.

People spent thousands of dollars to place an initiative on the ballot to legalize medical marijuana in California. Voters approved this measure.

Despite the initiative's approval, cities are spending lots of money to push out medical marijuana dispensaries.

Why don't people look at the millions of dollars in tax revenue this state and others are losing?

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30US CA: Path To Legal Pot Here Not So EasyFri, 03 Jan 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Atley, Richard K. De Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2014

Media attention this week turned to Colorado, where the nation's first recreational pot shops opened for business.

Could it happen here? It's possible some day, but complicated.

In California, lawful marijuana use is restricted to authorized medical patients, and signatures are being gathered now for the latest effort to ask state voters to consider Colorado-style access to pot.

And while medical marijuana is legal, more than 200 local governments across California and in the Inland area have banned medical marijuana dispensaries, based on a law created in Riverside and upheld in May by the California Supreme Court.

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31US CO: Colorado's Pot Fever Cools a BitFri, 03 Jan 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Riccardi, Nicholas Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2014

DENVER (AP) -The second day of the nation's first fully legal marijuana industry was just a bit less frenzied than the first. Rather than hundred-deep lines outside the limited number of licensed retail shops, the queues held several dozen.

Still, there were so many pot shoppers that one retailer asked customers to come back today. Here's a look at the new normal in Colorado:


Colorado has no statewide pricing structure, and by midafternoon on the first day, one dispensary was charging $70 for one-eighth of an ounce of high-quality pot. Medical marijuana patients, who worried about being priced out of the market, just a day earlier paid as little as $25 for the same amount.

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32US CO: Counties Bordering Colorado Get ReadyFri, 03 Jan 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Barron, Joan Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2014

Law Enforcement Says It Would Be Naive to Think Colorado Marijuana Users Won't Cross State Lines

CHEYENNE - Law enforcement officials in Wyoming counties that border Colorado are preparing for an increase in marijuana arrests given that recreational use of the drug became legal Wednesday in the neighboring state.

Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson said he will host a training session in February for all law enforcement officers in the county to help them recognize impaired driving from use of marijuana and other drugs, as well as from alcohol.

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33US CA: Palm Springs Council Sets Marijuana Dispensary Tax At 10 PercentThu, 19 Dec 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Pena, Xochitl Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/21/2013

PALM SPRINGS - The three legal medical marijuana dispensaries will now be required to pay the city 10 percent of their proceeds starting Jan. 1 while the illegal operations will be required to pay 15 percent.

The Palm Springs City Council on Wednesday approved 4-1 the pot tax rates and a series of other changes including the issuance of a fourth dispensary license.

Palm Springs voters on Nov. 5 overwhelmingly approved Measure B - a tax of up to 15 percent on the proceeds of medical marijuana dispensaries.

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34US CA: Signature Gathering Set For Marijuana Ballot MeasureThu, 19 Dec 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Robinson, Alicia Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/19/2013

Medical-marijuana supporters trying to qualify a ballot measure allowing a limited number of dispensaries in Riverside have about 180 days to collect signatures.

About 12,000 voters must sign their petitions to put it on the ballot in June 2015 the city's next regular election or about 18,000 voters to get a special election called sooner.

Proponents are training volunteers and may begin circulating petitions as soon as this weekend, said Jason Thompson, an attorney representing Riverside Safe Access, the group backing the measure.

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35US CA: Perris and Menifee Students Snared by UndercoverFri, 13 Dec 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Burge, Sarah Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/16/2013

About two dozen students were arrested Thursday morning, Dec. 12, at high schools in Menifee and Perris as part of a semester-long undercover drug investigation in which deputies posed as students, authorities said.

Deputies descended on the campuses of Paloma Valley High School and Perris High School during second period to make the arrests, Riverside County sheriff's officials said.

Lt. Paul Bennett said deputies identified a total of 25 students, two of whom are adults, suspected of selling drugs. Officers served 22 drug-related arrest warrants on campus Thursday. Three suspects weren't in school Thursday and are still at large, he said.

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36US CA: Field Poll Says Californians Now Favor LegalizationTue, 10 Dec 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:DeAtley, Richard K. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/12/2013

In a first for California, a majority of voters now favors legalization of marijuana, and most want pot regulated like alcohol, according to Field Poll results released Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The poll began asking about marijuana decriminalization in 1969. A clear majority of respondents never favored it until now. In 1969, 75 percent of Californians wanted the state's marijuana laws strictly enforced, or even toughened.

The nonpartisan poll conducted last week for The Press-Enterprise and other California media subscribers showed 55 percent now favor legalization. The split among those was 47 percent for legalizing it with age and other controls similar to alcohol laws, while 8 percent said it should be legalized so anyone could purchase it.

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37US CA: Boy Used As 'bait' In Drug Sting Sues School DistrictWed, 20 Nov 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Burge, Sarah Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2013

Temecula Valley School District Is Again Named a Defendant After Officials Use a Special Needs Child to Help Nab a Student Dealer

The mother of a Temecula middle school student has sued the school district, alleging her 14-year-old son was recruited by an assistant principal to pose as "bait" in an on-campus drug sting, despite her objections.

The incident was in December 2012 and the allegations came to light after the mother filed a claim against the district in May.

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38US CA: Let Riverside Voters Decide, Medical Pot Backers DeclareThu, 17 Oct 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Robinson, Alicia Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/17/2013

A Proposal From Riverside Safe Access Would Set Rules to Allow Handful of Dispensaries to Legally Open in Riverside

A group of medical marijuana supporters is planning a ballot measure that would legalize, regulate and tax a small number of dispensaries in Riverside, which led the fight to ban such facilities.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Riverside attorney Jason Thompson filed paperwork seeking permission to gather signatures to place the initiative before voters. Thompson represents Riverside Safe Access, a local group of about a dozen authorized users and proponents of medical marijuana.

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39US CA: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban AdoptedWed, 18 Sep 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Downey, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/18/2013

Murrieta officials decided Tuesday, Sept. 17, to keep intact an eight-year ban on medical marijuana dispensaries everywhere in the city, while moving the prohibition to a different section of city law that attorneys say can withstand a legal challenge.

The Murrieta City Council's 3-1 vote, with Councilman Harry Ramos dissenting, also extends the prohibition to mobile dispensaries that make deliveries to Murrieta residents who order marijuana. Councilman Randon Lane was absent.

The action follows a history of controversy since passage of a statewide initiative in 1996 permitting marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes only. And it comes a few months after a California Supreme Court ruling that said cities didn't have to provide dispensaries within their borders.

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40US CA: City Wants To Stop Pot Grow HousesSun, 16 Jun 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Stokley, Sandra Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/17/2013

City leaders in Eastvale, one of the most affluent cities in the Inland area, want to light a fire under landlords whose renters set up pot-growing operations in residential neighborhoods.

At least 18 grow houses had been discovered in the city since the beginning of the year, and police officials say other houses are still under investigation.

The city already tracks foreclosed homes to make sure they don't become eyesores. One of the ideas now is to keep track of rental properties to make sure landlords are doing appropriate background checks on potential tenants and monitor the homes to make sure they aren't converted into indoor pot farms.

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