Evictions close Orange County dispensaries

Posted on October 24th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaEviction notices from local and federal authorities shut down eight cannabis dispensaries in Orange County's Lake Forest this week, after years of litigation over zoning and more than $600,000 in legal fees. The dispensaries, in suites on the second floor of a strip mall, included Lake Forest Patients Group, Pharmers' Choice, Cannabis Permanente, Evergreen Holistic, Cooperative, Florentina Organic, Independent Collective of Orange County and The Health Collective.

More than 100 patients, caregivers and dispensary owners attended the Lake Forest City Council meeting Oct. 18 to demand the dispensaries be reopened, according to the Orange County Register.

"This is serious. It's the end of the line. It wasn't right for them to call in the federal government,” Kandice Hawes, director of Orange County NORML, told the OC Register. “It's inappropriate to take something that is state law, and make it illegal. You're driving people onto the streets. Why aren't you protecting us?" (NBC Los Angeles, Oct. 21)


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