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:
HOW MUCH FOR AN EIGHTH?:
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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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
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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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
Palm Springs voters on Nov. 5 overwhelmingly approved Measure B - a
tax of up to 15 percent on the proceeds of medical marijuana
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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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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,
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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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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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
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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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
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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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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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With Storefront-Style Dispensaries Shuttered, Riverside Seeks to Stop
Pot Delivery Services
Arranging home delivery of medical marijuana may have been as easy as
phoning for pizza up to now, but Riverside officials want to put a
stop to those special deliveries.
Last month the California Supreme Court upheld cities' rights to ban
storefront marijuana dispensaries, and last week Riverside officials
announced that all dispensaries they knew of had shut their doors.
But the ban in the city zoning code didn't address mobile
dispensaries, and that's where Riverside attorneys say operators of
some now-closed brick and mortar locations have put their efforts
following the court ruling.
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The issue of medical marijuana will come up again Tuesday, June 11,
when Riverside takes on mobile dispensaries.
One of the last remaining medical marijuana storefronts operating in
Riverside since the Supreme Court last month upheld the city's zoning
ordinance banning them was shut down and boarded up on Friday, June. 7.
The Riverside County Patients Association at 11759 Magnolia Ave. had
refused until Friday to comply with a temporary restraining order to
close its doors, even after the California Supreme Court ruled May 6
in a case that originated in Riverside that local governments could
ban dispensaries, said City Attorney Greg Priamos.
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Court Overrules People
It's a sad day for people like me when the state's highest court
overrules the will of the people to obtain lawful medical marijuana
("Local governments can ban dispensaries, court rules," May 6).
I have a terminal case of liposarcoma. Thank God, I can still go to
the drugstore and get my morphine and Xanax. I can't get medical
marijuana to help ease my pain and suffering, but I can get hard narcotics.
How wrong is that? The court's ruling is an insult to Prop. 215 and
SB 420, which made legal having access to medical marijuana in
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Without parental permission, an assistant principal recruited the
8th-grader to help catch a fellow student suspected of selling pot, a
A Temecula middle school assistant principal recruited a special
education student to pose as "bait" in an on-campus drug sting despite
his parents' objections, according to a claim for damages filed
against the school district this week.
"My husband and I were just dumbfounded. How is this OK?" the boy's
mother said. "My son has been labeled a snitch."
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SACRAMENTO - Legislation to impose statewide regulation on the
storefront sale of medical marijuana advanced this week, but it's
unclear how it would affect local ordinances in Inland Southern
California and elsewhere that seek to ban the dispensaries.
The California Supreme Court is expected to rule within days in a
Riverside case that centers on whether local governments can use
zoning and land-use authority to block marijuana dispensaries.
Commercial marijuana sales continue to be illegal in the view of the
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SAN FRANCISCO The California Supreme Court took issue Tuesday with
critics of Riverside's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, with
several justices openly skeptical of claims that local governments
lack authority to prohibit the storefront sale of pot.
Yet some justices also noted that the state's medical marijuana laws,
while never explicitly overriding local ordinances, nevertheless call
for consistent and uniform application throughout the state.
The Riverside case, coming more than 16 years after California voters
decriminalized marijuana for medical purposes, could finally settle a
thicket of conflicting court opinions about some local governments'
attempts to use zoning and land-use authority to prohibit the
storefront sale of medical marijuana.
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A Riverside medical marijuana collective's status as a suspended
corporation will be fixed before the state Supreme Court hears
arguments next month over the clinic's lawsuit that local governments
overstepped their constitutional bounds by banning storefront
dispensaries, its lawyer said.
J. David Nick, the attorney for Inland Empire Patient's Health and
Wellness Center said Thursday, Jan. 10 that the suspended corporate
status was the result of an error on a state tax return, and the
center was working "feverishly" with another lawyer to put it back in
good standing with the California Secretary of State's office.
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The California Supreme Court has set Feb. 5 as the date to hear
arguments in a Riverside-generated case over whether local
governments can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but a development
on Wednesday, Jan. 9 has called into question the legal status of the
clinic in the case.
City of Riverside v Inland Empire Patient's Health and Wellness
Center came to the court from a November 2011 ruling from the
Riverside-based Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two.
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California, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have placed
their residents in legal jeopardy over the sale and possession of
marijuana for medical purposes. Now two of those states - Washington
and Colorado - have done the same for recreational use. It's time for
Congress to either adopt a more federalist approach to marijuana
laws, or to reiterate that the plant is an illegal controlled substance.
Washington and Colorado voters approved pot-possession initiatives in
last month's elections. But the marijuana story that created the most
election buzz this year was the endorsement of Mitt Romney by the
creator of the comic strip "Dilbert," Scott Adams. It was a "firing
offense," Adams wrote, for President Obama to put "an American
citizen in jail for 10 years to life for operating medical marijuana
dispensaries in California where it is legal under state law."
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The Murrieta City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 18, granted its attorney
power to move to shut down any medical marijuana dispensaries that
open in the city.
The new rule would allow the city attorney, after consulting with the
police chief and city manager, to seek injunctions to close
dispensaries without asking for permission from the council
beforehand. The vote was 4-1, with Harry Ramos opposed.
The city has barred dispensaries since 2005. Last year, the council
passed a temporary moratorium on dispensaries to keep new ones from
opening in the event the California Supreme Court rules citywide bans
illegal. The moratorium, which has been extended until next September,
would allow the city time to draft regulations before any dispensaries
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