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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | December 15, 2010
Medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Sunset Beach have until Jan. 7 to move out, as the county plans to begin enforcing a ban approved in November by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Debbie Kroner, the manager of public information and communications for OC Public Works, said her office has already started to send out notices to dispensaries in the unincorporated beachside community. "There is no grace period written into the ordinance, so enforcement can begin as of the effective date in early January — basically, right now is their grace period," Kroner wrote in an e-mail.
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By Michael Alexander | August 15, 2007
The legal status of medical marijuana dispensaries will remain in limbo in Huntington Beach for at least a few more weeks, city planning commissioners decided this week. After more than an hour of debate Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to postpone a vote on removing language in the zoning law that allows such establishments. Commissioners said they didn't have enough information to make an informed decision. "The legal information we've been given seems to be inadequate," said commissioner Joe Shaw.
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By Michael Alexander | October 3, 2007
The city attorney’s office and police chief called them more trouble than they’re worth, and city planning commissioners appeared to agree. That’s why city planning commissioners voted this week to remove any support for medical marijuana dispensaries from city codes. In a 5-1 vote, commissioners recommended stripping all language allowing such businesses, authorized by the state medical marijuana law Proposition 215, from the city zoning code. Those who voted yes said they were swayed by fears of federal crackdowns and a belief that dispensaries were often used as legal cover for recreational users.
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By: | July 28, 2005
In response to Flo Martin's My Turn on July 22, I really wish she would get the facts straight. Regarding medical marijuana, she wrote, "California voters have passed a proposition allowing for such dispensaries." That is not the case. California voters passed a proposition allowing medical marijuana, not dispensaries. The city's decision not to allow dispensaries was a zoning decision, and rightly so. There are many negative secondary effects of medical marijuana dispensaries.
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By Michael Alexander | November 8, 2007
Opening a medical marijuana dispensary probably won’t be legal for much longer in Huntington Beach. City Council members voted 5-2 to write an ordinance to strip all allowances for such a business out of the city’s zoning codes. They will vote on that ordinance in the future, but council members made their views known as they discussed the topic. Those who voted yes said a 1996 statewide ballot initiative that legalized medical marijuana in the state was badly written and had too many loopholes that encouraged crime, adding that recent federal raids on dispensaries made them too legally complicated to allow.
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October 10, 2007
Drug and alcohol recovery programs state the definition of insanity as continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That’s ironic, because the definition could be applied to the way in which the war on drugs is being fought. In what appears to be yet another chapter in the war on drugs, Huntington Beach planning commissioners have recommended to City Council members that they prohibit any medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in the city.
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By Michael Alexander | October 11, 2007
The city planning commission has recently voted to strip medical marijuana dispensaries out of the zoning code. But in a bit of a contradiction, the city is also represented in Congress by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, one of medical cannabis’ strongest federal advocates. Each year Rohrabacher cosponsors the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment, which would keep the federal government from spending money on drug enforcement where it conflicts with state medical marijuana law. It has never passed, but its 165 yes votes (226 voted no)
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | December 15, 2010
Medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Sunset Beach have until Jan. 7 to move out, as the county plans to begin enforcing a ban approved in November by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Debbie Kroner, the manager of public information and communications for OC Public Works, said her office has already started to send out notices to dispensaries in the unincorporated beachside community. "There is no grace period written into the ordinance, so enforcement can begin as of the effective date in early January — basically, right now is their grace period," Kroner wrote in an e-mail.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | November 17, 2010
Huntington Beach has decided to levy a utility tax on the residents of Sunset Beach when they are annexed, an action previously thought to be unconstitutional without giving them a vote. Taking a second look at the laws, the city has determined it must charge Sunset Beach its Utility Users Tax, in addition to all the other taxes Huntington Beach residents pay, said City Atty. Jennifer McGrath. The city has determined that because it is changing its boundaries to include Sunset Beach, the community has an obligation to pay all the same fees as the rest of Huntington Beach, McGrath said.
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By Britney Barnes | September 9, 2009
Residents packed the room, spilling out into the streets, for the Sunset Beach Community Assn.’s first meeting with Huntington Beach officials to discuss the possible annexation of the small beach community Sept. 3. Association members have met with Huntington before, but this was the first time Mayor Keith Bohr, City Administrator Fred Wilson and Councilman Don Hansen attended one of the community’s monthly meetings since Sunset was put under Huntington’s sphere of influence in early July.
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By Britney Barnes | September 2, 2009
The Sunset Beach Community Assn.’s monthly meeting at 7:30 tonight at the Women’s Club is expected to play host to special guests. The association has invited Huntington Beach Mayor Keith Bohr and City Administrator Fred Wilson to the monthly meeting. Bohr said he wants to start fresh with the community. Huntington Beach is working on a financial analysis for annexing Sunset, but Bohr said that whichever decision they make, he wants everyone to be happy with it. Annexation is on the table after the Orange County Local Agency Formation Committee put the community under Huntington Beach’s sphere of influence July 8. The move opens Sunset up to annexation, because if Huntington chooses to file to annex Sunset the Orange County Local Agency Formation Committee could not deny them, only amend their application, committee officials said.
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By Michael Miller and Britney Barnes | July 29, 2009
Sunset Beach, the community slated for possible annexation by its neighbors, has been a burning issue for the last few weeks. And now there’s a new kind of smoke involved. Residents and city officials are puzzling over the fate of the West County Patient Collective Assn., a medical marijuana dispensary in Sunset Beach that opened in June. Huntington Beach and Seal Beach, the cities that stand to possibly annex the seaside community, do not permit medical marijuana, and trying to sort out the legalities of the dispensary if annexation takes place could be, well, a drag.
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By Michael Alexander | November 8, 2007
Opening a medical marijuana dispensary probably won’t be legal for much longer in Huntington Beach. City Council members voted 5-2 to write an ordinance to strip all allowances for such a business out of the city’s zoning codes. They will vote on that ordinance in the future, but council members made their views known as they discussed the topic. Those who voted yes said a 1996 statewide ballot initiative that legalized medical marijuana in the state was badly written and had too many loopholes that encouraged crime, adding that recent federal raids on dispensaries made them too legally complicated to allow.
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By Michael Alexander | October 11, 2007
The city planning commission has recently voted to strip medical marijuana dispensaries out of the zoning code. But in a bit of a contradiction, the city is also represented in Congress by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, one of medical cannabis’ strongest federal advocates. Each year Rohrabacher cosponsors the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment, which would keep the federal government from spending money on drug enforcement where it conflicts with state medical marijuana law. It has never passed, but its 165 yes votes (226 voted no)
NEWS
October 10, 2007
Drug and alcohol recovery programs state the definition of insanity as continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That’s ironic, because the definition could be applied to the way in which the war on drugs is being fought. In what appears to be yet another chapter in the war on drugs, Huntington Beach planning commissioners have recommended to City Council members that they prohibit any medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in the city.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | October 3, 2007
The city attorney’s office and police chief called them more trouble than they’re worth, and city planning commissioners appeared to agree. That’s why city planning commissioners voted this week to remove any support for medical marijuana dispensaries from city codes. In a 5-1 vote, commissioners recommended stripping all language allowing such businesses, authorized by the state medical marijuana law Proposition 215, from the city zoning code. Those who voted yes said they were swayed by fears of federal crackdowns and a belief that dispensaries were often used as legal cover for recreational users.
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