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By Brianna Bailey | March 6, 2010
This corrects an earlier version. Despite city orders to abide Costa Mesa’s ban on medical marijuana, at least one pot dispensary told to close remained open for business Friday. City code enforcement officers escorted by police served three dispensaries with cease-and-desist orders Thursday, instructing them to close immediately for operating outside the boundaries of their business licenses. At least one of the clinics — MedMar Patient Care Collective, 440 Fair Drive, Suite V — ignored the order.
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LOCAL
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
February 17, 2010
In 1996, voters passed Prop. 215, which legalized the distribution of marijuana for medicinal uses throughout California. However, some cities, including Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, have created ordinances banning medical marijuana dispensaries from their city limits. Would you favor or oppose the idea of such cities within your congressional districts repealing their bans on medical pot dispensaries and taxing marijuana sales as a future source of municipal revenue? Local communities and states should have jurisdiction over the types of businesses they have in their communities, particularly if state law permits that business.
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.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | February 5, 2010
A police raid against a Costa Mesa marijuana dispensary operating illegally in the city is a sign of things to come, police chief Chris Shawkey said Friday. “This should be a message to them that that our intent is to take whatever appropriate action we can to close them down,” he said. In a low-key raid Thursday afternoon, Costa Mesa police served a search warrant to a local dispensary and arrested four people on marijuana-related charges, officials said in a news release.
NEWS
January 30, 2010
On Jan. 24 the Daily Pilot broke the story on nine Costa Mesa businesses acting as medical marijuana dispensaries — despite a city ban on the distribution of cannabis for medicinal use. These businesses have camouflaged their pot-selling operations by broadly defining their services or products on city forms. The Costa Mesa Police Department acknowledges that the businesses are operating in violation of a 2005 ordinance prohibiting the dispensaries. But, city officials say, enforcing the ban would be no clear-cut task.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Mona Shadia | January 23, 2010
A message scribbled in red Magic Marker on a paper bag wedged into the battered white door at Orange County Collective Service instructs visitors to “say hello” for service. Tucked in a pothole-riddled alleyway in a rundown Westside shopping center, the collective is one of a growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries and clubs that have opened recently in Costa Mesa. The door opens onto a small foyer adorned with a multicolored Bob Marley tapestry. Inside, a pungent smell of marijuana wafts from behind a second, heavier door.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 24, 2009
Costa Mesa police are looking for suspects in two armed robberies over the weekend. Authorities said between 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday two men broke into a house in the 600 block of Whitney Way. The robbers were already inside when the homeowner and another person walked in, said Sgt. Jerry Hildeman. One of the robbers had a gun, and he and his accomplice tied up the two residents, police said. Police believe the robbery wasn’t random because the homeowner owns a marijuana dispensary in South Orange County and had a significant amount of cash in his home.
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