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San Francisco Won’t Be Getting a New Dispensary

Plans to open a “green light” marijuana district in San Francisco have run into problems at City Hall. The city’s planning commission voted in October to delay the permit process for a new medical cannabis dispensary in the Excelsior neighborhood, which is located near the border with South San Francisco. The neighborhood currently has three pot shops, and the industry ...

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San Diego Licenses First Pot Shop

San Diego officials have approved the city’s first license to run a medical marijuana dispensary. The license went to David Blair, owner of A Green Alternative pot shop. Blair plans to open the store in Otay Mesa. The license was cleared by a hearing officer at the San Diego Development Services Department Oct. 15. “We’re at the end of the ...

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San Bernardino, Out of Money, Could Turn to Medical Marijuana

Bankrupt and swamped with illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, the City of San Bernardino is turning to a promising solution: more weed. City officials are considering a move to legalize, regulate, and tax pot shops in town. Dispensaries are currently banned under city ordinance, though medical pot is allowed statewide in California. The new approach was prompted by worries about the ...

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Dispensary Robbery Leaves One Dead

A man suspected of trying to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Southern California was shot dead by a security guard June 25, authorities said. According to witnesses and police, two men entered a dispensary on Century Boulevard in Los Angeles shortly after noon and opened fire. The shop, “Nature’s Cure,” is located near LAX. The two men were met ...

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Berkeley Allows Fourth Dispensary

While many other California cities limit or outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries, Berkeley is allowing an expansion. The city will license a new dispensary by 2015, bringing the total number of legitimate pot shops in Berkeley to four. The city council voted to allow the new shop at a meeting June 17. That vote was preliminary, and the council will vote ...

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Congressional Amendment Could Protect MMJ Across U.S.

Business man with marijuana leaf on suit

An amendment to a bill in Congress could soon make life much easier for patients and providers of medical marijuana in states where MMJ is allowed by law. It the legislation advances and becomes law, it would mark a major turning point for the medical weed industry in California and other states with troubled MMJ programs. President Obama has said ...

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Suspect Charged in San Diego Dispensary Robbery

Kurese Bell, dispensary robber, faces murder charges

A 17-year-old gang member pleaded not guilty May 22 in the robbery of two medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego that left his accomplice dead and a security guard wounded. Kurese Bell, charged with murder, attempted murder, and robbery, faces life in prison if convicted. He was charged as an adult. Bell and his accomplice, the late Marlon Thomas, first ...

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San Jose Delays MMJ Vote, Again

Local leaders in San Jose have now twice delayed a vote that will determine the future of medical marijuana in the city. The city council voted May 20 to hold off, yet again, on a new ordinance that would restrict MMJ dispensaries. The decision was delayed from another meeting earlier in May. It will come up again at the next ...

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Riverside Voters Will Decide Fate of Dispensaries

Marijuana jars in dispensary

Voters in Riverside will decide next year whether they want to allow a small number of medical marijuana dispensaries in their city. Proponents of a measure to allow pot shops in city limits secured enough signatures in May to guarantee a place on the ballot during the June 2015 local elections. That’s not the goal they were aiming for. Riverside ...

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Richmond Collective Will Pay Fees, Keep Permit

Money on counter at dispensary

The business owner who holds one of six permits to sell medical weed in Richmond agreed to pay the city $62,000 in back fees while he continues his search for a place to open shop. Four years ago, Richmond granted permits allowing three medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the city. The number was increased to six in 2012, making ...

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