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May 23, 2011
Potential litigation against three Newport Beach marijuana dispensaries will be discussed in Tuesday's closed-session meeting of the Newport Beach City Council. Three dispensaries considered out of compliance with city regulations were set to be reviewed. Zoning and municipal codes prohibit the sale of marijuana in the city, said Tara Finnigan, Newport Beach city spokeswoman. The three dispensaries are West Coast Cure Inc. on Newport Boulevard, Natures Alternative Solutions on Irvine Avenue, and The Healing Tree on Birch Street.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 20, 2010
COSTA MESA — The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its 2005 ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, agreeing not to arrest and seek prosecution against those running such businesses in the city as long as three or more people are not involved in growing and distributing the drug. The amendment prohibits those who are not authorized under state law to grow and distribute marijuana from operating dispensaries and also declares off-site growing unlawful. The change in the city's stance came as a result of a recent court ruling involving Anaheim that cast doubt on whether municipalities can use the federal government's stance against marijuana to ban dispensaries.
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By Mona Shadia | April 26, 2010
Following an earlier decision to tentatively dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging Costa Mesa and Lake Forest’s bans on medical marijuana dispensaries, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford announced Monday that he will rule in the case. Matthew Pappas, the attorney representing the plaintiffs — four disabled Orange County residents who use marijuana to treat various illnesses — said he expects to learn of the decision today. The lawsuit was filed by Marla James, Wayne Washington, James Armantrout and Charles Daniel DeJong under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plaintiffs assert that by banning dispensaries Costa Mesa and Lake Forest are blocking patients from getting access to what they consider medication — an alleged violation of the ADA. Pappas argued that both cities should allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate based on a 2009 congressional decision to lift restrictions on medical marijuana in Washington, D.C. Congress lifted a 1998 rule that banned marijuana dispensaries from operating, Pappas said.
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By Joseph Serna | January 18, 2012
COSTA MESA - When federal and local authorities raided Chadd McKeen's marijuana dispensary Tuesday morning, he was shocked. He said his store, Otherside Farms, is cleaner, more transparent and in line with state medicinal laws compared to others in Costa Mesa. Police and federal authorities executing a search warrant at the business Tuesday seemed to agree. "This place is [expletive] awesome," one man was heard saying over security video, while others tried to open the door to where the marijuana plants are hung out to dry. "I would definitely buy my weed here," another joked.
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By Erik HolmesOCLNN.com | March 5, 2010
Costa Mesa government officials on Thursday ordered three medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city to stop selling pot, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. Costa Mesa police and code enforcement officials delivered cease-and-desist orders to three dispensaries believed to be violating the city’s ban on medical marijuana sales, a police press release said. The press release identified the dispensaries as Nutritional Concepts PRC on Bristol Avenue; Med Mar Patient Care Collective on Fair Drive; and Live Well O.C., also on Fair Drive.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Mona Shadia | February 17, 2010
Costa Mesa residents called on the City Council Tuesday to legalize and regulate marijuana dispensaries. When her name was called, Marla James slowly moved toward the podium in her wheelchair to address the council. She urged them to find a solution to accommodate residents who need medical marijuana. “I’m not immoral. I’m a medical marijuana user and I need my medicine, and I’m asking you to repeal the ban and put ordinances that would give your city more control of the dispensaries in your area.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 7, 2014
Proponents of allowing medical marijuana businesses to operate in Costa Mesa have taken their case to City Hall in the hopes of bringing the issue before city voters this November. Organizers characterize their ARRO Initiative, or Act to Restrict and Regulate the Operation of Medical Marijuana Businesses, as a "conservative approach" that provides "dignified access" to medical marijuana for users, as allowed by the voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Furthermore, it would help clarify discrepancies between California's cannabis law and the federal government's stance on the issue, said the initiative's author, attorney Randall Longwith.
NEWS
July 22, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Mayor Keith Curry stepped away from City Hall this week to have a beer and answer whatever questions pub-goers could toss at him as the first guest speaker of soon-to-be monthly "pub hall" meetings. Muldoon's Irish Pub hosted Beer, Shots and Politics, an event that aimed to use the relaxed setting of a pub to draw in crowds that otherwise wouldn't participate in a standard political forum, said Muldoon's special events director, Richard Kaplan. "I think that we've really broken ground here with a new format," Kaplan said of the Wednesday night meeting.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
COSTA MESA — Four City Council candidates who squared off in a debate Wednesday night expressed concerns about the city's ailing budget but differed on ways to improve Costa Mesa's financial picture. For Planning Commission Chairman Jim Righeimer, a conservative, the proposed higher hotel bed taxes and business license fees would hurt the city's reputation and eventually lead businesses and tourists to seek friendlier cities. To solve the budget crisis, Righeimer said the city will have to renegotiate the Police and Fire departments' salaries and benefits.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | March 6, 2010
Waving homemade signs affixed to broom handles and tiki torches, about 30 people showed up at Costa Mesa City Hall on Saturday to protest the city’s recent efforts to shut down local medical marijuana dispensaries. “It’s just like if the city were to shut down all the Walgreens in town — where would people go to get their medicine?” said Jordan Wallick, a manager from MedMar Patient Care Collective. MedMar is one of three Costa Mesa pot dispensaries the city ordered to close on Thursday.
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By Bradley Zint | April 7, 2014
Proponents of allowing medical marijuana businesses to operate in Costa Mesa have taken their case to City Hall in the hopes of bringing the issue before city voters this November. Organizers characterize their ARRO Initiative, or Act to Restrict and Regulate the Operation of Medical Marijuana Businesses, as a "conservative approach" that provides "dignified access" to medical marijuana for users, as allowed by the voter-approved Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Furthermore, it would help clarify discrepancies between California's cannabis law and the federal government's stance on the issue, said the initiative's author, attorney Randall Longwith.
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By Hannah Fry | November 8, 2013
Authorities this week took three people into custody in connection with the kidnapping, torture and genital mutilation of a Newport Beach man last year, prosecutors announced. Newport Beach police detectives arrested Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, in Fresno Friday. FBI agents arrested Hossein Nayeri, 34, Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is facing extradition, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. Police first arrested Kyle Shirakawa Handley of Fountain Valley in October 2012 in connection with the crime after his name was linked to a suspicious car parked outside the victim's home on the day of the alleged kidnapping.
NEWS
July 1, 2013
A Costa Mesa man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after he crashed his SUV into a medical marijuana dispensary, police said. Lt. Bryan Glass said Samuel Gibson, 68, drove his 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander into the front entrance of Newport Mesa Health Center, 524 W. 19th St. Unit B, about 3:30 p.m. The car went clear toward the back end of the business, he said. There were no injuries, Glass said. —Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 1, 2012
Medical marijuana advocates on Wednesday submitted nearly 6,800 signatures to the Costa Mesa city clerk in hopes of placing an initiative on the November ballot that would legalize nonprofit collectives citywide. "It's imperative to provide safe access for veterans and cancer patients," said dispensary owner Robert Martinez. "I'm super stoked to bring these signatures. " Martinez held a press conference outside of City Hall announcing that he and members of the Orange County Cannabis Alliance gathered nearly 1,000 more valid signatures than the 5,812 required, or 10% of registered voters.
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By Lauren Williams | March 8, 2012
Three people were arrested in a Costa Mesa marijuana dispensary raid Thursday, according to medical pot advocates. Local police and federal Department of Justice officials would confirm only that a federal search warrant was executed at about 11:30 a.m. at Bayside Patients Assn., 1799 Newport Blvd. Some details of the advocates' accounts could not be independently verified with police. Seized in the raid were about 10 pounds of marijuana and less than $1,000 in cash from a safe that was sawed open on the sidewalk, said Chico resident Weston Mickey, a campaign manager for collectives seeking to craft an initiative that would protect dispensaries from federal intervention.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | February 8, 2012
Costa Mesa City Attorney Tom Duarte asked federal authorities months ahead of a January raid to help shutter the marijuana dispensaries operating illegally in the city, according to a letter he wrote to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. "In light of your office's recent announcement relating to increased enforcement against illegal marijuana cultivation and distribution, we therefore seek your office's assistance," Duarte wrote to U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. on Oct. 26. "We believe that by working together with the U.S. Department of Justice, we can eradicate these illegal businesses from our city.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | February 7, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer's campaign committee raised more than $35,000 in 2011, with about $11,000 coming in a single fundraiser in December, financial disclosure forms show. The disclosures, which were released last week, show Righeimer far ahead of anyone else seeking city office. Righeimer for City Council 2010 remains $42,000 in debt from loans Righeimer's company, LMC Management Group, used to fund his campaign two years ago, a time when he faced strong pushback from the police union.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 18, 2012
COSTA MESA - When federal and local authorities raided Chadd McKeen's marijuana dispensary Tuesday morning, he was shocked. He said his store, Otherside Farms, is cleaner, more transparent and in line with state medicinal laws compared to others in Costa Mesa. Police and federal authorities executing a search warrant at the business Tuesday seemed to agree. "This place is [expletive] awesome," one man was heard saying over security video, while others tried to open the door to where the marijuana plants are hung out to dry. "I would definitely buy my weed here," another joked.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 10, 2012
COSTA MESA - Mayor Gary Monahan wants to legalize marijuana dispensaries in the city. Speaking with retired U.S. Army veteran Robert Martinez on KOCI radio's "Cannabis Community" show Sunday morning, which was broadcast from his bar, Skosh Monahan's, Monahan said the city has to look at legalizing and registering the city's collectives to bring in regulation. "We're looking at real closely registration and regulation, and hopefully weeding out some of the bad ones," Monahan said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 11, 2011
COSTA MESA - Police and local marijuana dispensary owners said they will take their cues from federal authorities on how to proceed in light of last week's announcement that the U.S. Attorney's office is ramping up enforcement against pot collectives in California. "We're in wait-and-see mode," said Jeff Byrne, director of American Collective, a cannabis club on Cabrillo Street. "It looks to me to be a play to take property. Too early to tell. " Last week, California's four U.S. attorneys gathered in Sacramento and announced that they were going after the state's marijuana dispensary businesses, which are federally prohibited.
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