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Monday, November 12, 2012

Pot stores hit with $50,000 fines

The insane "Drug Wars" heat up
  • Conservative Republican Kern County voted to fine pot dispensaries and property owners with penalties of $50,000 each plus fines of $1,000 per day.
  • Republican Kern County marches in lock-step with the Democrats in growing the Police State in a "war" on drugs.
  • Legal and peaceful trade between free people is made a "crime".

The California Kern County Board of Supervisors came down hard on medical marijuana dispensaries and their landlords in the first set of enforcement actions under Measure G, the restrictive zoning ordinance approved by Kern voters in June.

Supervisors voted unanimously in a majority of the 12 cases before them to hit dispensaries and property owners with penalties of $50,000 each plus fines of $1,000 per day, starting Wednesday, until the establishments close or move to a permitted location.

Rejecting sometimes bitter accusations that Measure G is a de facto ban on otherwise lawful businesses, the board found that the dispensaries constituted public nuisances in violation of new zoning rules that forbid dispensaries from operating within prescribed distances of schools, parks and other establishments reports The Bakersfield Californian.

Pot Wars in California

Not all the businesses ended up with fines. Proceedings against one dispensary and its landlord were dropped entirely without explanation, while another was given until Jan. 1 to come into compliance with the zoning ordinance. Another dispensary, Rosamond's Top Flight Organics, and its landlord escaped without fines after evidence was presented that the business had recently ceased operations.

Some dispensary representatives pleaded with the board not to fine them, saying they could not afford the penalty and that there was nowhere else they could set up their business.

"The individuals have no rights anymore," property owner, Joe Ypez, said.

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