Marijuana and Cannabis Dispensary News

Judge Orders Feds to Back Off San Francisco Pot Property Seizure
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

In May of 2013, the federal government filed a motion against brothers Ebrahim and Valentine Pouras in an attempt to seize their property located at 2441 Mission Street in San Francisco, California.

The feds' beef was that the Pouras brothers were knowingly leasing the property in question to a medical marijuana business by the name of Shambhala Healing. The dispensary was located within 1000 feet of two parks, placing it in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. The United States federal government eventually shook the landlords down for six figures, but they weren't quite satisfied with that.

Ten Best Colorado Medical Marijuana Strains of 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Our sister paper in Colorado, The Denver Westword, has been paying your's truly to shop for and toke cannabis for five years running as the nation's first newspaper marijuana dispensary critic (it's a rough life).

And out of the 100+ strains I brought home, there were ten standouts that made the cut for Westword's Best Strains of 2014.

Suspects Arrested After Gunshots Ring Out in San Diego Marijuana Dispensary
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

San Diego NBC7 News
San Diego County Sheriffs and CHP shut down Camino Paz on Tuesday to search for the suspected getaway driver in a Spring Valley pot shop robbery

Nearly a century ago, between 1920 - 1933, the United States undertook what some called "the noble experiment"; the nationwide prohibition of alcohol.

In reality, it was a horrifically stupid experiment and a miserable failure that led to increased alcohol consumption, an overall increase in crime, the rise of organized crime, the court systems were flooded with trivial cases, public officials and politicians succumbed to atrocious levels of greed and corruption, and untold amounts of taxpayer dollars were forfeited to a thriving black market.

Sound familiar?

Would-be Chicago Medical Marijuana Farms, Dispensaries Get Zoning Approval
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

The Chicago Zoning Board gave initial approval to a handful of dispensaries and one large grow operation late last week, bringing patients one step closer to accessing medical cannabis in the Windy City.

Perry Mandera, a strip club owner, was granted approval for his grow operation and dispensary after the board questioned him on security measures, including how he would prevent workers from walking off with pot.

Cannabis Calendar for Denver
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 8:20 am


Last week, we reported that the first recreational marijuana shop to open in Aurora, Colorado -- and at least dispensary did indeed making its debut yesterday. But that's not the only item on our cannabis calendar. There are plenty more events in Denver to keep you occupied this week if you happen to be in town, plus more for you to pencil in for the rest of the month.

Connecticut Now has Legal Medical Cannabis for Sale
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:20 am


Medical marijuana patients in Connecticut now have the ability to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary after the Healing Corner and Arrow Alternative Care opened their doors Monday afternoon after nearly two years of waiting.

The centers, two of six in the state, opened their doors to long lines yesterday after finally receiving product from Theraplant, one of four state-licensed pot farms legally allowed to supply the dispensaries.

Santa Ana, California begins pot crackdown anew
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Eric Hood/OC Weekly.
According to a Santa Ana Police Department investigator, 17 medical marijuana dispensaries were visited by police in the past week. 42 tickets were issued to dispensaries operating in violation of the city's 2007 ban on pot clubs, three of which--Wax City, Emerald, and Wax-R-Us--have now closed. The operation came in the wake of a July 15 city council meeting in which councilmembers voted to appropriate $500,000 for ongoing anti-pot enforcement actions.

Bill to regulate California medical marijuana shops gets key Democrat support
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:20 am


A proposed law to provide statewide regulations for marijuana dispensaries was once firmly opposed by the cannabis community.

It sought to outlaw concentrates like wax, and it would have limited what kind of doctors could recommend weed as well as what form of pot they could prescribe. No longer. The bill by Southern California Sen. Lou Correa has been worked over so much that a key liberal Democrat, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, has jumped aboard as a "principal co-author," his office announced.

Dennis Romero at the LA Weekly has more.

California dispensary bill would allow for concentrates
Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:20 am


A proposed law to begin strict, statewide regulation of marijuana dispensaries would allow edibles and concentrates (wax, honey oil, dabs, shatter) to be sold legally in California dispensaries.

An earlier version of the bill proposed by Sen. Lou Correa would have banned concentrated cannabis products, often blamed for home-lab explosions triggered by butane extraction processes. Medical marijuana advocates have been dead set against the legislation.

Desert Hot Springs, California City Council welcomes medical cannabis
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:20 am


While cities across California continue to put bans in place on medical cannabis businesses and even home cultivation, Desert Hot Springs is taking a different approach: tolerance.

Leaders in the small town north of Palm Springs - currently the only other city in the county that allows for medical marijuana shops - unanimously approved allowing medical pot shops in the city this week, agreeing that allowing the industry would help both medical patients as well as city coffers.