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61US 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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62US 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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63US 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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64US 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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65US 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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66US 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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67US 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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68US 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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69US 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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70US 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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71US CA: Riverside: Riverside: City Goes After Medical MarijuanaThu, 13 Jun 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Robinson, Alicia Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/13/2013

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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72US CA: Medical Pot Dispensary - City's Last 'Active' FacilityFri, 07 Jun 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Atley, Richard K. De Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/08/2013

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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73 US CA: PUB LTE: Court Overrules People On Medical MarijuanaThu, 16 May 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Ruddick, Steve Area:California Lines:37 Added:05/16/2013

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 adequate quantities.

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74US CA: Special-Ed Student Used As Drug Sting 'Bait,' Parent SaysThu, 09 May 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Burge, Sarah Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/09/2013

Without parental permission, an assistant principal recruited the 8th-grader to help catch a fellow student suspected of selling pot, a claim says

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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75US CA: Bill Would Regulate Pot Stores StatewideFri, 26 Apr 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Miller, Jim Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/29/2013

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 federal government.

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76US CA: Supreme Court Weighs Riverside BanWed, 06 Feb 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Miller, Jim Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/07/2013

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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77US CA: Collective's Corporate Status To Be FixedFri, 11 Jan 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Atley, Richard K. De Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/13/2013

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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78US CA: Cal Supreme Court Questions Clinic's Legal StatusThu, 10 Jan 2013
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Atley, Richard K. De Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/10/2013

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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79US CA: Editorial: Congress Needs To Clarify Marijuana LawsFri, 28 Dec 2012
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/29/2012

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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80US CA: Rule Allows Quick Action On Pot DispensariesWed, 19 Dec 2012
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Hill, John Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/19/2012

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 could open.

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