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News (Media Awareness Project) - US CA: Pot Collectives File Claim Over County Ordinances
Title:US CA: Pot Collectives File Claim Over County Ordinances
Published On:2012-01-26
Source:Bakersfield Californian, The (CA)
Fetched On:2012-01-28 06:03:07
POT COLLECTIVES FILE CLAIM OVER COUNTY ORDINANCES

Medical marijuana collective owners have filed a claim against the
county of Kern for tens of thousands of dollars, plus attorney's
fees, tied to two county ordinances passed by the Board of
Supervisors to close their nonprofit businesses down and restrict the
amount of marijuana they can grow under state law.

The claim was filed last week by Bakersfield attorney Phil Ganong on
behalf of a list of individuals and the Kern County Medicinal
Collective and Green Coast Cooperative.

The claim alleges that the supervisors' action "violates the rights
of qualified patients to cultivate cannabis for medicinal use" and
"violates the rights of qualified patients to associate for purposes
of collectively or cooperatively cultivating cannabis" under state law.

Claim documents indicate that they are requesting $25,000 in
statutory penalties and unspecified general damages in excess of $10,000.

County supervisors have argued the ordinances are allowed by law and
needed to fight the criminal activity that they say surrounds
collectives and cooperatives.
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