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Postby palmspringsbum » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:14 pm

The San Louis Obispo Tribune wrote:Posted on Tue, Apr. 04, 2006

Grover Beach extends ban on medical marijuana shops

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Grover Beach has extended its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and has taken steps to make the ban permanent.

The council voted 5-0 Monday to extend the 180-day moratorium that would have expired April 19. Without the extension, there would have a period before a permanent ban was in place that would have allowed such dispensaries to be established within the city.

The council voted 4-1 to make the ban permanent. The soonest it could become affective is 30 days after a second vote on April 20.

Mayor Larry Versaw dissented. While he said he’s strongly opposed to recreationally using marijuana or any drugs and thinks a dispensary could be extremely problematic, he didn’t want to give the message that the city has forever closed the door on using marijuana medicinally.

"My mother died of cancer," Versaw said while trying to hold back tears. "I do believe that in her case and a lot of cases like hers, that marijuana could serve a purpose. If not curative, at least it would have eased her suffering."

-Larissa Van Beurden-Doust

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Postby palmspringsbum » Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:43 pm

The San Luis Obispo Tribune wrote:Grover Beach

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January 18, 2007

The City Council will hold a special closed-session meeting tonight to determine if the city’s Police Department will return about 20 grams of seized marijuana to a local resident or pay a $5,900 fee. The city has until 5 p.m. Friday to decide.

On Dec. 29, Judge Michael Duffy ordered the Police Department to return the marijuana to Kenneth Parson, but the department refused.

On Wednesday, Duffy told police that if they did not return the marijuana by Friday, the city would be sanctioned.

Grover Beach police Chief James Copsey said Wednesday that no decision would be made until the council’s special meeting at 6:30 p.m. but expressed concerns about returning a federally illegal substance.

The discrepancy results from California voters passing Proposition 215 in 1996 legalizing marijuana for medical use.

"The court sent a strong message today," said attorney Louis Koory, who represents Parson, "that nobody is above the law and that the police chief needs to comply with Proposition 215."

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Grover Beach Officials Debate Return of Medical Marijuana

Postby palmspringsbum » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:17 pm

KSBY 6 wrote:Grover Beach Officials Debate Return of Medical Marijuana

By: Amy Andrews
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Grover Beach city officials are meeting tonight, with an unprecedented task: to decide whether to have the city's police chief return marijuana to a local resident.

A special closed meeting is getting ready to start here at the Ramona Gardens Park Center. The topic of discussion: medical marijuana.

Yesterday, a judge ordered the Grover Beach Police Department to hand over the 20 grams of medical marijuana it seized last year. The department was reluctant to return the pot, saying it's illegal under federal law.

Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey met with the city attorney after the court order came down. They decided to hold a special meeting with city council to determine how to proceed.

The city has until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow to return the marijuana to Kenneth Parson.

"It is pretty clear the judge has sent a strong message to them," says Parson's attorney, Louis Koory."The message is: 'Turn over the property, or pay $5,900 in fines.' I will let the people decide what the city should do."

But Chief Copsey has a different point of view on the matter. "We believe -- through federal court decisions -- that it is still federal law and federal law trumps state law and not to the contrary," says Copsey. "We've been looking at different alternatives to prevent the return of a Schedule One illegal drug."

City officials have several options. They can decide to return the medical marijuana to Parson. Or they can choose to appeal the judge's decision to a higher court.

We'll have tonight's outcome tonight on Action News at 11:00 p.m.

In California, voters passed Proposition 215 legalizing medical marijuana. Marijuana remains illegal under the Federal Controlled Substance Act.

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Grover police agree to return man's marijuana

Postby palmspringsbum » Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:53 pm

The Santa Maria Times wrote:
Grover police agree to return man's marijuana

By Josh Petray/Staff writer
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January 19, 2007


The Grover Beach Police Department will give back 20 grams of medicinal marijuana by 5 p.m. today to patient Kenneth Parson, thereby avoiding $5,900 in attorney's fees and fines, following an order Wednesday by Judge Michael Duffy of San Luis Obispo County Superior Court to return the substance.

Wednesday's order prompted the Grover Beach City Council to hold a special closed session Thursday night, which announced just before 8 p.m. its decision to give the medicinal marijuana back.

“The city would like to have the opportunity to pursue this issue further, but having determined that given the potential cost of filing a suit in federal court and the city's limited resources, it is less than prudent to pursue this action further,” Mayor Steve Lieberman said in a statement following closed session.

Duffy initially ordered the GBPD on Dec. 29 to return Parson's pot, but the department refused, said his San Luis Obispo-based attorney Louis E. “Lou” Koory. The department initially seized Parson's pot during a routine traffic stop. Parson was later charged with misdemeanor possession but acquitted, Koory added.

“I think that the court sent a strong message,” Koory said of Wednesday's order. “I think that got the city's attention.”

Of the city's decision to return the pot, “It's a step forward,” Parson said, “They've got to give it back, they've got to obey the law.”

As its basis of its refusal, the police department had cited illegal distribution under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

“City officials and police officers swear an oath to both protect and preserve both the state and federal law, this is an oath that we hold dear, and the fact that we're being directed violate federal law and order to violate state law is distasteful,” Lieberman said in his statement, adding, “I just wanted you to note that this council stands in unified support of our police chief and our police department,” he said.

Parson, however, had the valid doctor's consent required under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, a state law allowing those with a doctor's recommendation to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use, Koory said.

“The last thing we want to do is violate a court order. That's not our intention, at any point,” Police Chief Jim Copsey said.

If the pot isn't returned and the city refuses to pay the $5,900, and if the court finds the city's answers for doing so insufficient, Copsey could potentially be held in contempt of court, according to Donaldson.

The $5,900 is composed of $900 for attorney's fees and $5,000 for punishment, Koory said.

Parson will probably pick it up this afternoon, Koory said, even though “its usefulness has degraded quite a bit” in the time since it was seized.

Josh Petray can be reached at 489-4206, Ext. 5015, or jpetray@santamariatimes.com.

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Grover Beach police ordered to return patient's pot

Postby palmspringsbum » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:09 pm

The Contra Costa Times wrote:Posted on Fri, Jan. 19, 2007

Grover Beach police ordered to return patient's pot


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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A judge ordered Grover Beach police to return medical pot seized from a medical marijuana patient who was acquitted of a drug possession charge.

Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy this week ordered return of the 20 grams of marijuana to return the pot to Kenneth Parson. Police planned to do so by the end of the day Friday.

The city will avoid $5,900 in attorney's fees and fines by returning the marijuana.

"The city would like to have the opportunity to pursue this issue further, but having determined that given the potential cost of filing a suit in federal court and the city's limited resources, it is less than prudent to pursue this action further," Mayor Steve Lieberman said in a statement.

The marijuana was seized by police when Parson was stopped for a traffic violation. Parson was later charged with misdemeanor possession but acquitted.

"It's a step forward," Parson said. "They've got to give it back, they've got to obey the law."

Parson had the valid doctor's consent required under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, a state law allowing those with a doctor's recommendation to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use.

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