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Cops: 4 Torture, Chop Penis Off Pot Dispensary Owner

They mistakenly thought he was burying money in desert, say prosecutors

(Newser) - It's gruesome: Four people are accused of torturing a California marijuana dispensary owner with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis in an attempt to force him to reveal where he had buried piles of cash in the desert. The defendants mistakenly believed the victim was hiding money and... More »

Starbucks-Style Pot Stores? New Company Plans Chain

'We are big marijuana,' says chief of Seattle's Diego Pellicer

(Newser) - Marijuana: Coming to a strip mall near you? It will be if Jamen Shively has his way. The former Microsoft manager intends to build a national chain of "social marijuana" stores, he announced in Seattle. His company, Diego Pellicer, will invest $100 million in the endeavor over the next... More »

Calif. Supreme Court: Cities Can Ban Pot Dispensaries

More than 200 localities allowed to keep bans in place

(Newser) - In a major setback for pro-marijuana activists in the first state to legalize the drug for medical use, California's Supreme Court has ruled that cities and towns can legally ban pot dispensaries. In its 7-0 decision, the court sided with more than 200 local governments in the state that... More »

Why Pot Shops Need Unions

And unions need them right back, John Ford argues

(Newser) - When you think of unions, you probably think of blue-collar trucker types, auto workers, or maybe teachers. You probably don't imagine the hippy stoners currently employed by the country's semi-legal pot dispensaries. Believe it or not, the United Food and Commercial Workers union has been crucial in staffing... More »

LA Repeals Pot Store Ban

Council votes against ban after plea from one of its own

(Newser) - Pro-marijuana activists have scored a major victory in LA, where the city council has repealed its ban on pot dispensaries . The council voted 11-2 to send the ban up in smoke after a plea from Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a medical marijuana user with a rare form of cancer, reports the... More »

Pot Shops Must Grow Dope on Premises: Calif. Court

Ruling likely to shut down most storefronts

(Newser) - California cities can't simply ban medical marijuana shops—but the dispensaries must grow their own pot, an appeals court in the state has unanimously ruled. The city of Lake Forest had been trying to implement, in the appeals court's words, "a total bar contradicting state law" on... More »

NJ OKed Medical Pot in '10 —but It's Still Not for Sale

'WSJ' looks at state's struggle to implement medical marijuana program

(Newser) - Opposition to pot dispensaries around New Jersey is slowing the rollout of medical marijuana there, and officials say the first doctor-prescribed doobies won't be available until the end of the year at the earliest, reports the Wall Street Journal . So how long has the wait been? The New Jersey... More »

Arizona Ordered to Allow Marijuana Sales

Gov. Jan Brewer needs to implement the law, judge rules

(Newser) - An Arizona judge has told the state's government to get out of the way and let people have the medical marijuana dispensaries they voted for in 2010 . The judge ordered Gov. Jan Brewer, a consistent opponent of medical marijuana, to fully implement the law and allow dispensaries to open,... More »

Calif. Medical Association Backs Legalizing Pot

Physicians want pot brought into the light

(Newser) - The California Medical Association has thrown down the marijuana gauntlet by officially supporting the legalization of pot. The move comes just a week after the feds warned several medical marijuana dispensaries in the state to close up . Organization members want pot legalized and regulated so the drug can be more... More »

Rand Pulls Pot-Crime Study After LA Complains

It suggested that dispensaries reduced crime

(Newser) - Backers of medical marijuana got a surprise victory a few weeks ago in the form of a study from the Rand Corp . Researchers concluded that after Los Angeles authorities shut down hundreds of dispensaries last year, crime actually increased around the closed facilities. The victory proved short-lived: Rand has pulled... More »

Feds to California Pot Shops: Shut or Be Shut Down

At least 16 received letters this week threatening just that

(Newser) - Easy livin' at California pot dispensaries is about to go up in smoke. Even though several shops are operating legally under the state law allowing them to dispense medical marijuana,16 have received letters from federal officials warning them to shut down—or be closed. Federal law "takes precedence... More »

IRS Cites 1982 Tax Code, Charges Pot Shop $2.5M

Ties to illegal drugs mean Harborside Health Center can't deduct the rent

(Newser) - Bummer news for an Oakland marijuana dispensary that calls itself the world's largest: IRS auditors say it owes $2.5 million in back taxes for 2007 and 2008, a figure so high it may force Harborside Health Center to close its doors, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Here's... More »

Montel Williams to Open Medical Pot Dispensary

Former talk show host turned to pot to battle his own multiple sclerosis

(Newser) - Montel Williams may once again be more popular than Maury Povich: The TV and radio personality is set to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento. Williams has been a public proponent of medical marijuana since turning to it in his battle against multiple sclerosis. "I want this to... More »

Dispensary Trades Free Pot for Cans of Food

California facility brings in 11,000 pounds of donations for food bank

(Newser) - Want to know the secret of getting a whole bunch of canned food donations? Offer free pot. That's just what a medical marijuana dispensary near San Francisco did over the holiday season, reports AP . The Granny Purps dispensary collected 11,000 pounds of donated food by offering complimentary marijuana cigarettes... More »

LA: Only 41 Pot Dispensaries Can Stay Open

City facing flood of lawsuits after strict ruling

(Newser) - Los Angeles may soon be facing a major shortage of marijuana dispensaries. City officials have taken a much stricter than expected approach to an ordinance regulating dispensaries and ruled that only 41 can stay open—less than a quarter of the 180 who were allowed to apply for permits to... More »

Senate Bill Threatens Double Time for Hash Brownies

Politicians not so sweet on edible dope

(Newser) - The nation might appear to be easing up on smoking dope, but that's not the case when it comes to eating pot—at least in the form of sweet munchies like hash brownies. The Senate plans to "harsh your buzz" bigtime, as Gawker puts it, by introducing a bill... More »

LA Shuts Down 439 Medical Marijuana Shops

City down to roughly 135 dispensaries

(Newser) - Yesterday was a bummer of a day for LA's potheads, as the city ordered 439 medical marijuana dispensaries to close. “As of today, they should have their boxes packed and their closed signs up,” Assistant Attorney General Asha Greenberg tells Reuters . The city voted to close the shops... More »

Medical Marijuana Shops Firebombed in Montana

'Not In Our Town' sprayed on businesses

(Newser) - Two Montana businesses legally providing medical marijuana in Billings have been firebombed in two days. The attackers—who could face up to 20 years in prison on felony arson charges if caught and convicted—also spray painted "Not In Our Town" across the front of the operations. Police have... More »

Thieves Tunnel Into Marijuana Dispensary

Suspects blamed for earlier pot heist

(Newser) - Four men have been charged with tunneling into an Orange Country marijuana dispensary and trying to make off with a stack of plants. The California gang was caught when the operation triggered an alarm—installed after a burglary two weeks ago, which is blamed on the same culprits. Responding officers... More »

Medical Marijuana Backers Sue LA

Advocates complain new law will force legal shops to shut

(Newser) - Two medical marijuana dispensaries and an advocacy group are taking Los Angeles to court to challenge its crackdown on pot shops. The plaintiffs say the restrictions due to take effect this month would force law-abiding businesses to shut down, the Los Angeles Times reports. They're seeking an injunction and a... More »

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