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January 7, 2012 – Digest for s..s@a2c2.us – 8 Messages in 6 Topics

    Thc <s..s@a2c2.us> Jan 05 10:55PM -0800  

    Yep and it's been turned into council over the past 3 years. Amy should know this. I'm sure you can get copies of the CD's from any of the council members.
     
    Love,
    Momma D
     
    Sent from my iPhone
     

     

    aaron brown <s..s@a2c2.us> Jan 06 03:06PM -0800  

    good research ..Occupy Cannabis
     

     

    Weston Brent Mickey <s..s@a2c2.us> Jan 05 10:41PM -0800  

    Anyone who would like to show their support for the collectives in Lake
    County may do so by attending the Supervisors meeting next Tuesday.
     
    Weston Brent Mickey

     

 

    Dave Hodges <s..s@a2c2.us> Jan 06 12:13PM -0800  

    I've just been told the Southern Alameda County Crimes Task Force are
    CURRENTLY arresting everyone that comes to the door…
     
    -Dave
     
    ——————–
    *Pot Club to Open in Union City Without City Support*
     
    Green Cross Care Center opens today at 11 a.m. It will be the second
    medical marijuana dispensary open in the Tri-Cities.
    By Zoneil Maharaj and Nika Megino
     
    A medical marijuana dispensary is set to open its doors in Union City today
    at 11 a.m. But there’s one huge problem — the city never gave the center
    approval to open.
     
    Located at 34695 Alvarado-Niles Road, Green Cross Care Center is a
    nonprofit medical marijuana collective association that touts itself as
    providing “compassionate services and the highest quality medical cannabis
    at very reasonable prices,” according to the weedmaps.com
    website<http://legalmarijuanadispensary.com/?option=com_content&view=article&id=15280&Itemid=118>
    .
     
    According the dispensary’s Facebook
    page<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Green-Cross-Care-Center(phone#-removed)512>,
    the collective will be raffling off two “mega huge burrito size” joints and
    will be offering new patients a free eighth of an ounce of weed in honor of
    its grand opening.
     
    The business was slated to open Thursday but instead pushed its grand
    opening to Friday, according to a Green Cross Care Center secretary who
    could not comment on the business' operations. Business owners declined an
    interview with Patch.
     
    Late Thursday afternoon, employees were still setting up inside the store,
    which at the time had no signage to indicate a business was there.
     
    Word of the Green Cross Care Center’s opening was news to Economic and
    Community Development Director Joan Malloy, who said her department did not
    — and would not — approve any permits for medical marijuana dispensaries in
    Union City.
     
    “We don’t allow any use that is not consistent with state and federal law,
    and cannabis clubs are a clear violation of federal law,” Malloy said.
     
    Malloy added that the city will move forward with investigating the nature
    of Green Cross Care Center and its operations.
     
    She said that several dispensaries have tried to apply for business permits
    in the past but none have succeeded.
     
    “The code is really clear,” said Ben Horner of the Union City Police
    Department. “We’ve never had any trouble with [medical marijuana
    dispensaries]. They usually just move to another city.”
     
    With its opening, Green Cross Care Center becomes the second medical
    marijuana dispensary to open in the Tri-Cities in the past five months. The
    other, known as Happy Wellness Center, is located in Newark.
     
    *Pot Clubs in Newark Also Not Welcomed By City Leaders*
     
    The City of Newark has been clear about its opposition of medical marijuana
    dispensaries since the North Bay Dispensary
    (NBD<http://newark.patch.com/topics/nbd+cannabis+collective>)
    Cannabis Collective opened at 7180 Thornton Ave. in Newark in 2009.
     
    NBD closed in early
    December<http://newark.patch.com/articles/pot-club-s-slow-burning-saga-comes-to-close>
    but
    only after endless controversy and two years of several lawsuits.
     
    NBD’s closure came six months after state and local authorities raided the
    dispensary as part of a criminal investigation headed by the Southern
    Alameda County Crimes Task
    Force<http://www.newark.org/departments/police/support-services/special-enforcement-branch-set/task-force-units/>
    and state Department of Justice <http://oag.ca.gov/>.
     
    Five individuals associated with the collective are currently facing
    criminal charges<http://newark.patch.com/articles/pot-club-volunteers-only-facing-four-felony-charges>
    as
    a part of what state Department of Justice officials have called an illegal
    operation. All five pleaded not guilty to the
    charges<http://newark.patch.com/articles/pot-club-owners-plead-not-guilty-to-30-felony-charges>
    and
    are due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 19.
     
    Attorneys representing NBD, have maintained that the dispensary was not
    operating illegally and is a nonprofit collective.
     
    Still, NBD’s presence put pressure on the City of Newark to re-evaluate its
    city ordinance that prohibited businesses and nonprofit organizations that
    are not compliant with state and federal law.
     
    As a result, Newark’s City Council passed city
    ordinances<http://newark.patch.com/articles/council-says-no-to-marijuana-clubs-in-newark>
    in
    October and November that prohibit the establishment and operation of
    medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.
     
    That prohibition came after a second pot club known as the Happy Wellness
    Center<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Happy-Wellness-CenterNewark(phone#-removed)254>,
    opened in Newark. The collective, which still operates at 7200 Jarvis Ave.,
    opened on Aug. 31.
     
    Authorities raided the Happy Wellness
    Center<http://newark.patch.com/articles/police-serving-search-warrant-at-happy-wellness-center>,
    which operates under Alpha Rising, Inc., on Dec. 14 as part of the criminal
    investigation against the collective and its affiliates.
     
    More than $40,000, about 20 pounds of processed marijuana and firearms
    were seized
    during the multi-city
    raid<http://newark.patch.com/articles/authorities-seize-more-than-40-000-in-multi-city-police-raid>.
    A manager was also arrested but no charges have yet been filed, said
    Attorney Scot Candell, who represents Alpha Rising, Inc.
     
    Happy Wellness Center re-opened one week after the
    raids<http://newark.patch.com/articles/happy-wellness-marijuana-dispensary-re-opens>
    .
     
    Alpha Rising, Inc. is also involved in two civil litigations with the City
    of Newark.
     
    The City of Newark has sued Alpha Rising, Inc. in hopes to be granted a
    court-issued injunction that would authorize the closure of the collective.
    And Candell said the collective has sued the City of Newark because city
    officials denied the dispensary a business license in mid-August before it
    opened.
     
    "We're doing everything to be compliant with state and local laws,” Candell
    has said. "The city is not allowed under law to deny [Alpha Rising] a
    business license,” Candell said.
     
    Candell added Thursday afternoon that cannabis collectives are allowed to
    operate under state law.
     
    Attorneys have said that cannabis collectives are allowed to distribute
    medicinal marijuana underProposition
    215<http://vote96.sos.ca.gov/Vote96/html/BP/215text.htm>,
    known as the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and Senate Bill
    420<http://www.chrisconrad.com/expert.witness/sb420-03.htm#text>
    .
     
    *Green Cross Care Center, **34695 Alvarado-Niles Road, is open from 11 a.m.
    to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Sundays.*

     

 

    "Dr. David Bearman" <s..s@a2c2.us> Jan 06 12:14AM -0500  

    If we lose this election,we will have largely ourselves to blame. We can certainly craft a winning initiative maybe more than one. Talk of the adverse affect of losing seems defeatist. What about the salutatory effect of winning. oh and when it comes to local initiatives it's not an either or proposition. Go ahead and have local initiatives on the ballot.
    peace
    David

     

    "Dr. David Bearman" <s..s@a2c2.us> Jan 05 11:58PM -0500  

    AS trhe Chinese say'A journey of a thousand milesw starts withg a single step." We are many miles down that journey and are making progress toward reaching our destination. Should an initiative pass this year it will bring us closer to our ultimate destibnation but as has been pointed out additional steps will be required to reach our final goal.