OC's Potpocalypse Arrives in Anaheim

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Jay Brockman
Some of Orange County's last-standing medical-marijuana dispensaries have until May 24 to shut down.

On May 17, following a similar action in Garden Grove that came in the wake of the recent California Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the right of cities to ban storefront cannabis purveyors, the city of Anaheim sent cease-and-desist letters to all 11 dispensaries still operating within its boundaries.

According to the city's press release on the anti-pot campaign, Anaheim has banned dispensaries since 2007, but as many as 143 clubs nonetheless operated within city limits as late as 2011. As the Weekly has previously reported, that's the year the city invited the federal government to assist in its weed-eradication efforts, sending closure orders to dozens of clubs, as well as threatening to seize the buildings in which they operated, including one high-profile case that is still working its way through the courts.

"It is the City's position that medical-marijuana dispensaries violate City law and are illegal, and the recent Supreme Court opinion has vindicated the City's position," the press release states. "Failure to close operations by May 24 at 1 p.m. will result in enforcement action against the MMD [medical-marijuana dispensary], which may include criminal charges being filed against any person found to be in operation of the MMD, fines in the amount of $1,000 for each day that the MMD continues to operate, the filing of a civil action, or any combination of the above."

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benkenner43
benkenner43

the city council members of costa mesa, garden grove, and anaheim have made life more difficult for mental health patients, diabetics, and cancer patients. the state already ruled against the conservative view on cannabis. but now council members are catering to the few who are annoyed, while patients suffer. shame on them

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Methadone clinics are staffed by medical professionals and not by cholo looking folks wearing flat brimmed hats and sporting tattoos. You look like criminal street ruffians, you get treated like criminal street ruffians. Yes I realize you're not all gang members and just dress like that to get laid. I'm sure you're good people deep down as well but you need to remember that image matters and the image these shops were giving were of glorified head shops and not of legitimate medical establishments. 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

I have wondered that of the citys and municipalities ban all storefront activities what so ever, does that violate the rights of the truly ill and physically impaired persons who cannot obtain their cannabis in any other way? Since the cannot physically grow or produce their own cannabis? That is to say, with Prop 215 and SB 420 being enumerated into our rights as Californians, re not the cities in violation of our rights if they ban all storefront activities without offering an alternative? Even a separate but equal on e? Say for example a dispensary operated for truly ill by the police departments in each California City? And with the Counties being bound by state law to follow the sate law, should not the County step in with their respective health departments to facilitate their obligations under the MMPA program of 2003? How are the Methadone Clinics administered and authorized? The health department operates those for the county within the boundaries of their choice of citys within their county. So we have a precedent there. Im confused how the citys are not wide open for major liability and discrimination by the closure of all dispensaries and to not offer any kind of alternative that is separate and equal in the least

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Because what you're advocating is sensible, and that's the last thing government wants to do!

dale_c
dale_c

Why isn't it an issue when the Police Departments themselves violate city law? Oh wait, we aren't supposed to question that. Move along, nothing to see here.

Bonnie Kennedy
Bonnie Kennedy

:-( .. Why don't they just tax us? They could be making money hand over fist, for a product people are already buying, regardless.

mike-calvert
mike-calvert

Who supported and signed for this garbage?  Don't the police have anything better to do than to take medicine from sick people?  As a tax payer of this city, I don't recall ever signing a bill that gives our police department the right to kill innocent people.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

This is going to result in a huge backlash that the cities do not want to endure I assure you. They are in violation of state laws Prop 215 and SB 420 and also discrimination. Because when you ban ALL dispensaries, you ban ALL Access. That means that the people that are the darling of those who want to close the dispensaries claiming that the pones hurt are the truly seriously ill patients are lumped in and thrown out with the bath water. That means that Marla James, me and so many others have no viable way to obtain medicine in a safe manner. 

Thus, the cities are placing us in grave physical and possibly legal peril and danger. That makes them liable and a party to any events that cause us harm or legal issues pertaining to gaining our medicine that is granted us under State Law.

hus, the County being the Supremecy holding agency in this matter which is a state law that is meant ot be administaered via the county is on the hook to come in and permit and license dispensaires throughout the cities in OC and other Counties to ensure that those who are serioulsy ill can safely obtain medicine. 

That would take the form of a County licensed and permitted facility in the member cities in respective counties of which the city would have no input on implementation or to hinder or prevent it.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"It is the City's position that medical marijuana dispensaries violate City law and are illegal" 

It should also be this City's position that it's police dept. complete disregard for federal civil rights law (to name just a few) be considered illegal as well. 

Oh look kids, Hypocrisy the Hippo is parading down Center street right now.   

benkenner43
benkenner43

@vegandawg23  

you don't sound like any of those people ever wanted to hang out with you. it's no reason to discriminate against them now.  this discrimination hurts mental health patients. mental health is a serious problem. it's as bad as men being lit on fire in parking lots. so this narrow minded view on the shops and their employees is holding back progress.

Tommyray
Tommyray

Good point but then again they were catering to mostly that crowd,

Image is very important when dispensing any drugs, it's not supposed to be a party but like everything else can be abused.

andrew.m.love
andrew.m.love

@dale_c Do you have a specific example or would you like to just make a blanket statement that all police officers are bad people?

Stonersgoaway
Stonersgoaway

@mike-calvert if you believe that truly SICK people get weed from these shops, then you are out of your mind.

andrew.m.love
andrew.m.love

@paullucas714 The California State Supreme Court says the cities can ban them. There is no higher arbiter of California Law so they are not in violation of anything. I don't agree with it but individual cities currently have a legal right to close down these storefront dispensaries.

andrew.m.love
andrew.m.love

@18usc241 By your logic the police shouldn't enforce any laws then. Let's just go around killing and maiming people.

Slater
Slater

@Tommyray 

vegandawg23 and you made valid points. Hit the nail right on the head.

dale_c
dale_c

@andrew.m.love @dale_c Was not meant to be a blanket statement and if you read the OCW on a regular basis you should have plenty of examples....

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

@andrew.m.love Speaking of logic Google "straw man argument".

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