All 62 Dispensaries Shut Down In Garden Grove: Update

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Jay Brockman
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Original Post, May 8, 10:42 a.m.: For the past few years, Garden Grove has been one of the most reliably 420-friendly cities in California. It remains the last bastion of the movement in Orange County, where city-wide pot-shop bans and federal crackdowns (also carried out with the cooperation of local officials, most recently in Santa Ana and Anaheim), have effectively shut down the medical marijuana marketplace.

But all that seems to be drawing to a close. Sources tell OC Weekly that all the dispensaries currently operating in Garden Grove have been warned that they face criminal prosecution if they don't shut down within the week.

Meanwhile, the city is apparently scheduled to discuss the future of cannabis storefronts at its next meeting, Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. Although no agenda has been published, activists who are in touch with city hall are reporting that officials are likely to consider enforcing Garden Grove's ban on marijuana dispensaries, which was suspended in 2011.

Activists are urging anyone who has a stake in this discussion to send written materials to the attention of the city clerk at Garden Grove City Hall, P. O. Box 3070, Garden Grove, CA 92842.

Update, May 14, 11:30 a.m.: Today, every storefront marijuana dispensary operating in Garden Grove must shut its doors and split with the stash or else face police raids and fines of $1000 per day. That's because the one-week deadline city officials granted to allow cannabis collectives to vacate their premises has officially expired.

Marla James, president of the Orange County chapter of Americans for Safe Access, says that the city is discriminating against patients who are sick and that by effectively banning dispensaries, Garden Grove will only line the pockets of drug dealers.

"What's going to happen today is what happened in Costa Mesa when they closed those dispensaries," James argues, referring to raids carried out by federal drug authorities and city police in January 2012. "The gang members will sit out front and wait for patients to come up and start dealing, [and say] 'I got pot, really good deal.' It will bring that criminal element back to Garden Grove, which is not good for Garden Grove.'

Update, May 16, 10:05 a.m.: Well, that was easy. In a press release issued late yesterday, the Garden Grove Police Department confirms that it sent officers to all 62 storefront marijuana dispensaries to make sure they complied with the shut-down-or-get-shut-down deadline issued a week ago. "All 62 dispensaries were closed," the release states.

According to the Orange County Register, at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Mayor Bruce Broadwater read aloud a list of crimes associated with the now-shuttered dispensaries, including armed robberies. He told medical marijuana activists that if they were unhappy with the city's ban, to complain to state and federal lawmakers. "If you want to smoke marijuana, do it in another city," the paper quoted him as telling activists. "Don't do it in Garden Grove."

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baljema
baljema

Fuck you Mayor Bruce Broadwater. Asshole.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

The movement brought this on itself. The dispensaries were more than glorified headshops than medical establishments. What if you went to a hospital and the person working there had tattoos and looked like a gang member? Do you dress like a cholo idiot when you go to the dentist too? Ever see a tip jar at CVS? They call the pharmacists at CVS pilltenders? Are only really hot skimpily dressed girls pilltenders at CVS? These places brought a bad element into the community and it's no surprise they got shut down. You are to blame for it.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

He doesnt care. he thinks smoking or otherwise  cannabis is bad no matter what the circumstances. Its that prejudice that must be challenged at all levels whee it is encountered. In contrast, at leats by their own admissions, even the most conservative electeds are suuportive of a serioulsy ill person o consume cannabis. But they will move heaven and earth to shut down or prevent a dispensary form opening. It is this view that must be challenged and made to be a shameful position to hold.

That being said, this is Orange County, the cradle of the Libertarian viewpoint. By applying that view as a matter of policy, we must challenge the nanny state view that directs these"Conservatives" to dictate to the masses what they can and cannot put into their own bodies no matter whether  it is for personal enjoyment or for medicinal purposes.

Here is a mantra for those so inclined to challenge the nannay state "Conservatives"


Bruce Broadwater! You re not my daddy. GOP, You are not my Nanny!

Repeat liberally as needed.

eccnoho
eccnoho

Broadwater doesn't care about safe access.  Let's just vote him out or change the laws!  Hey Mayor

we're coming for you!

foxflores
foxflores

Mayor I also won't be shopping at your other businesses. I love the Asian markets but I have stage four cancer and need the MMJ to handle my chemo. It's a bitch going through chemo but the MMJ helps me. But what do you care Mr.mayor.

ethernot
ethernot

Hey, Mayor Broadwater, here's somthing else we won't be doing in Garbage Grove: Spending our money in ANY of the other businesses also located in your city.

But then, the place is such a dump already, nobody will probably even notice ...

supread28
supread28

Nice. Don't worry about all the massage parlors in your city, Garden Grove, I mean nobody is getting harmed there, right? And don't worry about all the lost business revenue and empty office space, I'm sure the landlords will find a happy ending to their vacanies. God forbid Aunt Mabel should have a little chemotheraphy relief.

thesch
thesch

any good deals out there today?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

All this is going to do is draw closer the conclusion of this quagmire. The only negative consequences to that are the lives destroyed in the process. Ill be at he Council meeting tonight to express my opinion on the matter.

scotty0705
scotty0705

It must be regulated. But not wiped out. There are many people who actually use it as very helpful medicine. All a ban will do is create a storm of street dealers which I am personally seeing pop back up all over the neighborhood. I caught my son (14 yrs old) with some pot he got from some older boy in the park. We need a regulated market to make these people obsolete. Lets be real... Its just pot. I am more worried about what else those guys on the corner may have for sale.

gbill13
gbill13

I dont understand...do people think there is a distinction between medical marijuana and marijuana? Do they think the state legal marijuana shops are not supplied by cartel back sources, cause in many instances they are regardless of intentions or knowledge


eccnoho
eccnoho

At least now local municipalities cannot hide behind the federal government and court systems.  Let's see which council man/woman will stand for safe access.  MMJ is already here, in what form it takes depends on the people and how mobilize they need to become to change local laws via special ballot measures etc.  Regardless of how you feel about MJ, you should support those that want safe access and reasonable laws that protects the patients and the public.  IE.  limitations on hours, proximity to schools/parks, No green crosses, medicating inside premises, taxation, permit fees.  All these are possible.  Banning is not the answer.

Gregory Soave
Gregory Soave

Let's just blame Obama. it's much easier than actually reading an article.

Dan Vo
Dan Vo

actually thank the CA Supreme court for upholding the ban in Riverside. They tried to appeal and lost....

dale_c
dale_c

Great, take pot sales back to the streets you fucking morons.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

The Supreme Court ruling acknowledges the legitimacy of Dispensaries and at the same time states that City's may choose ot ban them if they so choose. Nowhere in the ruling does it say that City's must or shall ban them. Pay attention to your city council members folks. See where they fall on this issue.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

If we can get some media coverage at the Courthouse where there are continuous episodes of Judicial Misconduct in the prosecution of medical marijuana patients we may be able to get some traction in this movement. Is there a Journalist in OC willing to cover Medical marijuana trials in the OC? And not Long Beach? (Hint Hint)

ethernot
ethernot

@gbill13 Since you "don't understand"--CLEARLY--we'll try and make it simple for you, while using as few big words as possible:

From the standpoint that NO government--not the feds, and sure as hell not the Garbage Grove City Council--has the right to dictate to adults what substances they may choose to ingest for WHATEVER reason, so long as merely doing so doesn't impinge on the rights and welfare of others, there is no "distinction" between medical and any other use of cannabis.

No one but your personal physician should have any say in how you treat your body, whether in regards to cheeseburgers or heroin.  If you think letting the gov't practice medicine is a good idea, spend some time with a wounded veteran dealing with the VA …

Your absurd assertions regarding percentages of "legitimate" dispensaries and use of histrionic buzzwords like "cartel" demonstrate that you in fact HAVE been indoctrinated by decades of Drug War lies and propaganda; thankfully for the rest of us, your demographic is becoming smaller and more marginalized with every passing year.

eccnoho
eccnoho

@gbill13 You really don't know that.  Your assumptions are based on a lot of TV.  Are there collectives ran by unsavory people, most likely, but you can say this about any business.  Look at the bankers, politicians?  So Regulate, create reasonable regulation that we can all live by.  You want back ground checks? cool. Stop assuming and act like an adult and be reasonable.  Prop 215 been here always 20 years.  I know so many people that grow for the clubs, suppliers, landlords, all are not connected to cartel.

eccnoho
eccnoho

@Dan Vo CA Supreme Court was correct in its ruling, but now we can lobby the city council to change local municipality rules to allow for MMJ.  This is not over, MMJ is already legal in California.

NGCoot
NGCoot

Now it will be up to the pot shop cartels to buy the city councils that will be friendly to them.

gbill13
gbill13

@eccnoho Unfortunate truth is their is no assuming going on here. I do not watch tv or listen to anti-drug propaganda  Only full legalization is a cure to this problem. You are talking about spit in a bucket. About 5% (being generous) of shops are on the up and up and source material from their own grows and small farmers which =<20lights. Most shops, 95%, don't know much about where their marijuana comes from and the chain of custody from farms to their shop. They only care about 3 things, quantity quality and price. U never answered my question, what is the difference between medical marijuana and marijuana?

eccnoho
eccnoho

@NGCoot Who would you rather have selling pot?  the drug cartels in the street that can rob/hurt you? or a legal business? When labor unions organize and push for concessions from the city council..Are they also "buying" the council? or is this what America is all about?  Where we can lobby our local governments to the will of the people.

andyfibb
andyfibb

@gbill13 @eccnoho my shop gets legitimate stuff and knows where it comes from? maybe you need to find a better shop.. im gunna be pissed if my shop in garden grove closes holy fuck... especially when were talking about quality of BHO.. will be hard to obtain with no shops

eccnoho
eccnoho

@gbill13 @eccnoho Lets agree to disagree on the source of the MJ. We all have different experiences.  There is no difference between MMJ and MJ, the only difference is in the legal definition and the protection it allows the patients/users. I'd rather have this protection then not.  As for full legalization, It means nothing until all states do it and the feds recognizes it until then who wants to be that martyr?  

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