Marijuana and Cannabis Dispensary News
The Garden State has a new legal medical marijuana garden and dispensary opening today. The appropriately-named Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge is the third dispensary in the state to open since the program was approved and signed into in 2010.
The dispensary, which has been legally allowed to grow cannabis since August in a converted electronics superstore, received their operations license in late November. They've actually been serving a few patients for the last few weeks to make sure things work smoothly, but plan to hold a grand opening ceremony today.
Colorado isn't the best place to grow cannabis outdoors, what with the early falls and cold, dark winters and all. Because of that, medical marijuana dispensaries (and soon recreational dispensaries) grow a large portion of their cannabis indoors.
With that comes the energy costs of running lights, air conditioning and heating and fans, and when you're talking thousands of square feet it can get expensive quickly. One Denver dispensary says they regularly get $21,000 electricity bills and say competitors are facing monthly energy bills of $100,000 or more.
Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries must test cannabis for mold, mildew and pesticides before it can be sold to patients. It seems like a logical move for anyone trying to put out clean product to patients, but so far few other medical marijuana states actually require testing by law.
But exactly how they plan to test and what they plan to test for is still up in the air.
From the time she was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 until the day she died in September 2012, Diane Riportella fought hard for New Jersey patients to have access to legal medical cannabis.
Youtube.com/JohnRobertCruz Diane Riportella, from YouTube.
For her efforts, Compassionate Care Foundation will be dedicating their (soon-to-be open) new dispensary building to Riportella. Compassionate Care will be New Jersey's second legal dispensary when open.
The federal government no longer wants to try and seize an Anaheim office building owned by Tony Jalali, who was charged last year for renting out space to Remedy Tree Collective, a state-legal medical cannabis dispensary.
Google maps. 2601 W. Ball Rd., Anaheim, California.
Though prosecutors aren't commenting on the agreement, we're guessing it stems from the fact that the feds have deemed such cases to be a waste of resources when related to state-legal marijuana shops.
When one thinks about Germany, rarely does cannabis freedom immediately come to mind. Volkswagens, maybe, but lax pot laws? Hardly ever.
But since April 28th, 1994, marijuana users in Deutschland have enjoyed the freedom to possess reasonably personal amounts of cannabis without fear of arrest or prosecution. Considered by the German government to be a "soft drug", marijuana has not necessarily been legalized, so much as it is tolerated by authorities.
Estimates are that the city of San Diego has over 70,000 medical marijuana patients, yet, the city has never passed an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries, nor has it passed any official ban on the blooming industry.
Stay classy, San Diego.
This no-man's-land of cannabis legality in America's Finest City, compounded by the confusion and grey-area in the state medical marijuana laws, led to a rampant rise in the number of storefront weed dispensaries to nearly 300 at the peak in 2010...and then an equally rapid shuttering and/or raiding campaign that saw all but a stubborn few shops close their doors in 2011.
For almost two years now, medical marijuana patients the state of Delaware have been sitting in limbo waiting on their state to enact medical marijuana dispensary laws passed in May of 2011.
Thankfully, they won't have to wait much longer as Gov. Jack Markell announced last week that lawmakers will establish the rules and implement the program soon.
Update - 2:55 p.m. 7/25/2013: According to the Associated Press, four dispensaries were targeted in raids yesterday, despite claims by one Washington attorney that as many as 18 were on the chopping block.
So far, Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross, Key Peninsula Cross and Bayside Collective (formerly Lacey Cross) are the four dispensaries identified. All four were also parts of raids in 2011. The feds haven't officially commented on it, but employees at Bayside Collective say agents told them that the raids were part of a two-year investigation.
Facing no less than 15 years, and the very real possibility of a life sentence, 56-year-old John Melvin Walker was sentenced yesterday to 22 years in federal prison stemming from a guilty verdict on charges of tax evasion and drug trafficking.
On April 1st of this year, Walker plead guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute marijuana and maintain a "drug-involved premises", along with a 2nd count of tax evasion. Walker, who had two prior felony drug-related convictions in the State courts, was the owner of nine lucrative medical marijuana dispensaries strewn across Los Angeles and Orange Counties - a largely cash-and-carry business network that Walker admits bagged him over $25 million in his six years in operation.