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Submission Date Coming Soon for Storefront Medical Marijuana Cooperatives in City of San Diego

Today, the City of San Diego's Development Services Department published Information Bulletin 170 on how to submit a conditional use permit to open a medical marijuana consumer cooperative, or ...
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City of San Diego Passes Land Use Ordinance for Dispensaries

On February 25, 2014, the San Diego City Council passed an ordinance to set land use regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in the City of San Diego. The ordinance passed 8-1, with ...
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Will the City of San Diego Regulate Storefront Dispensaries...or Not?

On February 25, 2014, the San Diego City Council is scheduled to consider a draft ordinance to regulate medical marijuana collective storefronts, also known as dispensaries, in the City of San Diego. ...
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Todd Gloria Announces City is Cracking Down on Dispensaries - Until an Ordinance Arrives

arlier today, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria held a press conference about several current projects he is taking on in his new position. One of those is medical marijuana dispensaries. In the good news ...
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Senate Bill 649 - Making Personal Possession of Cocaine or Heroin a Misdemeanor OR a Felony

Recently, the California Senate and Assembly passed a wonderful piece of legislation that will change the lives of criminal defendants throughout California. It's called Senate Bill 649, and it ...
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Marijuana on Military Bases Remains a Big No

Recently, I've had a rash of phone calls from people who have been stopped on military bases in San Diego, usually as part of a traffic stop, and then cited for possession of marijuana. Most of ...
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Big Brother Rising?

Recently, the American public learned that since 1994, a secretive division of the DEA called the Special Operations Division has been using information from wiretaps, informants, and telephone ...
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Major Announcement by the Department of Justice on Federal Marijuana Enforcement Priorities - It's a Big Deal, but What Does It Really Mean?

ust a few hours ago, the United States Department of Justice released a new memo by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, offering guidance to U.S. Attorneys nationwide on when, how, and whether to ...
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What Filner's Resignation May Mean for Medical Marijuana

Last Friday, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced he is resigning, and will leave office this Friday, August 30. After spending months awash in scandal, most of San Diego is relieved, including many ...
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Stay Confused, San Diego

San Diego's Mayor Bob Filner was making national headlines a few months ago for supporting medical marijuana. In the past month, he's made more headlines than at any time in his career -- but ...
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Recent Appearance at High Times Cannabis Cup in San Francisco

Recently, I spoke about medical marijuana in San Diego at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco as part of a panel for the NORML Women's Alliance. Topics covered by other panelists ...
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San Diego in the NORML Women's Alliance Blog

Recently, the national NORML Women's Alliance posted two of my blogs in their blog. Even more excitingly, NORML Women's Alliance has told me that people across the country are reading them and ...
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Topsy-Turvy San Diego: Code Enforcement Visits and Ordinance Progress

This week, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Office took two steps. One, the office continued and arguably redoubled its efforts to work with the City Council to pass an ordinance to (finally) license ...
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A Tale of Three (But Truly Two) Drafts

Recently, the San Diego City Attorney's Office unveiled a new draft of land use regulations for storefront dispensaries in the City of San Diego, prepared at the behest of the San Diego City ...
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CA Supreme Court Rules Cities Can Ban Dispensaries - But Can Does Not Mean Must

oday the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, Inc. that municipalities can ban storefront medical marijuana ...
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Long Two Weeks for San Diego Marijuana Community

Two weeks ago, it looked as though the San Diego marijuana community would be able to herald positive developments in local cannabis laws, spearheaded by newly elected Mayor Bob Filner. On April 22, ...
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