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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 Diego Could Go After Delivery Services Next

San Diego is already on a tear against unauthorized medical marijuana dispensaries. Now officials may be gearing up to go after MMJ delivery services. The City Council’s Committee on Public Safety has already met once on the issue and will do so again next month. With regulations now in place for dispensaries, officials are looking to clamp down on the ...

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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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Children Lose Access to MMJ in Oceanside

A decision by the Oceanside city attorney to pursue a medical marijuana dispensary has left hundreds of families with nowhere to turn for the medicine their children need. Connor Dalby, four, suffers from severe epilepsy. At its worst, he experiences countless life-threatening seizures. They started when he was three months old. “Connor had lost eyesight,” said his mother, Kelley Dalby. ...

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Patient Advocates Sue San Diego

A group of patient advocates sued the City of San Diego in early May, seeking to stop an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients Inc. filed the suit in Superior Court, alleging the regulations violate patient rights and the California Environmental Quality Act. This is the second time activists have sued to block the San ...

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San Diego Moving Forward with MMJ

Medical marijuana is getting closer to the light of day in San Diego. MMJ providers and patients won’t have an easy time under the city’s new dispensary law, but it’s a big step up from the months during which they were banned and the years during which the city has struggled over how to deal with them. In February, the ...

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U.S. Citizen Dies in Border Patrol Custody After Weed Arrest

Authorities in California are investigating the Christmas death of a U.S. citizen who collapsed in the custody of Border Patrol agents after he was detained for allegedly carrying three pounds of weed. Steven Keith, 58, collapsed Christmas Eve while in a holding cell at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Campo, outside San Diego, according to agency spokesman Gerardo Gutierrez. ...

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San Diego Could Allow Dispensaries

San Diegans could shop at legal medical marijuana dispensaries again soon, if the city council passes an ordinance designed to regulate the stores. The ordinance, drafted by city staff at the request of the council, has been presented to community groups and will go before council members in February, said Interim Mayor Todd Gloria. “Essentially, what I think it is ...

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Imperial Beach Resident Pushes for MMJ

There’s a new move afoot to bring medical marijuana dispensaries back to Imperial Beach. If it succeeds, it might help end an MMJ drought in the San Diego area that has persisted since the city’s last mayor left office. Marijuana activist Marcus Boyd, who was behind a failed attempt to regulate pot shops in 2012, has said he may push ...

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Navy Vet Sentenced for Running San Diego Dispensary

A Navy veteran was sentenced in December to four months in jail for running a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego. Jovan Jackson was sentenced Dec. 13 to 180 days in county jail, minus 48 days served, along with three years probation. He will begin serving his sentence Jan. 3. Jackson is one of a long list of dispensary owners ...

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