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City Hall Ponders Pot Lawsuit

City Council gets update on case brought by Green Well. Read story.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Supreme Court Rules on City Pot Shops

Although the California Supreme Court just ruled that cities have the legal right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright, it's doubtful the ruling will any immediate impact in the City of Santa Barbara, once the site of a flourishing medicinal marijuana cottage industry. Read story.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The ‘Green Rush’ Is Crushed

At this point it is hard to imagine, but just a handful of years ago, Santa Barbara had more medical marijuana storefronts than it did Starbucks coffeehouses. Read story.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Plea Deals Reached in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case

Alleged owner's case moves toward trial. Read story.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Glen Mowrer III Sentenced to Probation

Glen Mowrer III, whose 2010 arrest was the catalyst for several medical marijuana dispensary prosecutions around Santa Barbara over the last few years, was sentenced to three years of felony probation after he pleaded to possession of concentrated cannabis. Read story.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Probation for Miramar Collective Owner

Diane Norman, owner of the Miramar Collective in Summerland, pleaded to possession of concentrated cannabis and sentenced to three years of felony probation. Read story.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

State Works to Clear Up Medical Marijuana Confusion

Bill would create official oversight and regulatory commission for California. Read story.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dope Days Are Over?

In the wake of federal raids, Santa Barbara medical marijuana dispensaries face an uncertain future. Read story.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Plans Derailed to Open Pot Dispensary on Maldonado Property

Plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on property owned by the family of former lieutenant governor and congressional candidate Abel Maldonado may have become derailed as news of the potentially embarrassing deal came to light just before Thanksgiving, thanks to a political blogger. Read story.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dispensary Owners Sentenced to Probation

Juan Solis and Sinthia Martinez, owners of Westside marijuana dispensary The Healing Center, and manager Rudy Lopez were sentenced on 11/7 to probation after Judge Frank Ochoa found them guilty of various offenses related to the store's operation. Read story.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Supes Ban Marijuana Shops

Vote to make emergency moratorium a permanent part of county code. Read story.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

County's Medical Marijuana Ban Moves Forward

On Wednesday, two planning commissions gave the green light for a permanent moratorium on cannabis dispensaries. Read story.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Clear as Mud

Status of pot dispensaries murkier than ever. Read story.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

County Mulls Pot Shop Ban

Supes reject ordinance proposed by staff allowing a few storefronts. Read story.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Legal Grey Area Clouds Pot Shop Case

Judge cites unclear state laws in sentencing former medical marijuana dispensary owner, Joshua Braun. Read story.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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