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Marijuana Dispensary Reopens in Murrieta

Cooperative Medical Group reopened its doors Saturday after receiving a stay last week on an injunction. The stay was ordered while an appeal against the city of Murrieta's permanent injunction against the business is pending.

A medical marijuana dispensary quietly reopened in Murrieta Saturday after being closed for nearly two months.

An appeals court lifted an injunction that had forced the closure of Cooperative Medical Group, or CMG Outreach, at 26690 Madison Ave., Suite 103, co-owner Beth Burns confirmed in an email to Patch.

CMG, which is licensed by the state of California Board of Equalization to dispense marijuana for medical purposes, opened in July.

Shortly after it started to serve patients, the City Council, on the advice of the police chief, declared the dispensary a public nuisance due to its proximity to an indoor children's play facility. A judge then ruled in favor of the city's request for a preliminary injunction against the business, which forced its closure.

Beth Burns, along with co-owner Charles Thompson, filed an appeal against the ruling.

A stay on the injunctive order was issued Thursday, according to Burns.

"Pending resolution of the appeal or by further order of this court, enforcement of the injunctive order against plaintiff/appellant Cooperative Medical Group, Inc. is stayed," the court proceeding sent by Burns states. "Trial court shall retain jurisdiction to reissue such an order if persuasive evidence of nuisance should be presented by defendant/respondent City of Murrieta."

Prior to that, a notice on the dispensary door told customers it was closed.

CMG is the only collective within Murrieta city limits; at least two others are located on or near Sky Canyon Drive in unincorporated Murrieta.

In 2005, the city passed an ordinance that banned medical marijuana dispensaries from operating.

LBV Collins October 04, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Congratulations to the CMG Outreach owners! I’m very glad to see them reopen so that they can provide patients with their doctor-recommended medicine.
JJ Mclure October 04, 2011 at 02:47 PM
more pot heads on the street
M. Lee Davis October 04, 2011 at 03:17 PM
They are still more intelligent that the retard that you are!!
Galactic Cannibal October 04, 2011 at 04:26 PM
It boggles the mind that the drugs Alcohol and Nicotine are legal and the State and Fed Gov rake in billions from their sale. But Marijuana is illegal and banned . In general terms Alcohol makes people aggressive and cause them to fight. Nicotine makes you hair and clothes smell and you cough like a sick horse. Marijuana makes people mellow and they laugh a lot, and no fighting.
Mighty Momma October 04, 2011 at 04:33 PM
My experience and main complaint regarding the whole medical marijuana issue is unscruplous doctors who, for money, issue a certificate authorizing the use of medical marijuana to young adults. Legal at this point, but extremely unethical. From what I've been told there is no exam, very little discussion, money is exchanged and a certificate is issued. I thought doctors handing out perscriptions for the purpose of making profits was against the law. It makes no sense to allow a medical doctor to do this, yet arrest a dealer, when for all intent and purpose, with regards to marijuana, they are in the same business. Something needs to change and doctors caught doing this should be arrested and given the same sentence that any dealer on the street would recieve.
shon October 04, 2011 at 06:19 PM
This is a small victory and likely short live due to ab 1300. I am a collective owner that is seeking regulation from the city or county so that i can open and run a storefront that has transparency. This is how things should be and eventually WILL be. The cities and counties that fight this by note writing responsible ordinances are going to be blindsided in 2012 when its legalized. What people fail to realize is that we are here to stay and so is medical marijuana. Deal with this and lets move on. Local gov will benifit by loading the coffers with funny money. That they can put into programs that need money. this is a progressive industry and many jobs canbe created as well as tax dollars generated. This propaganda about our products coming from cartels and collectives selling to anyone with money is just that... propaganda. Wheres the proof? These news media outlets need to report responsibly and accuratly. Colorado is thriving and handling this responsibly by regulating it. Its the local gov. Job to regulate and keep people safe. Write an ordinance the does that and move forward. Because your WASTING TAX PAYERS MONEY.
shon October 04, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Oh yeah congratulations CMG!! Hope you will be able to provide affordable and safe access to your members for a long time to come.
Paul October 05, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Glad there is a legal place for persons to obtain their doctor reccomended medicine right here in town. Much more likely to get good quality to maintain and expand their state law legal authorized collective. If the collective does not dispense good qually those needing themedicine will have to go elsewhere.
Paul October 05, 2011 at 10:23 AM
There are over 700 storefront outlets operating with city or county permits. The safety record of these and their neighborhoods is very good. Just as safe and small stores and banks, or even better. There are studies that show this to be true. There are probably 1 or 2 thousand more operating, some meeting state requirements but in cities that will not give them permits. There are probably hundreds that are not well run. and maybe make illegal transactions for a fast buck. Those should be shut down. Question to city council. Would you rather have the patients buy their medicine from a safe permited facuility or from questionable characters that donot follow state law, maybe even buy mexican marijuana. State law requires it all to be grown in California.
Paul October 05, 2011 at 10:39 AM
I assume the judge wrote that if the city council says it is a "public nuisance" for some specific reasons,not just because some city official quotes some old document that hates marijuana and generalizes all storefront "dispensaries" bring crime and degregation to the neighborhood. The state attorney general issued guidelines in response to directions from the state legislature and it says in its opinion "collective distribution centers run" accoring to the rules are probably legal. Selling to persons without the doctor recomendations is illegal. Buying MEX from illegal imports and telling coop members is was legally grown is against the law and can be prosecuted.
Paul October 05, 2011 at 10:44 AM
If Mighty Momma knows of any doctor "selling reccomendations" to persons who just ask for it she can complain to the state medical board. They can and have takedn away licenses for some doctors who may have been doing that. The doctor I heard testify under oath had a regular medical practice for 20 years . his own wife had terminal cancer and no fda approved drug he prescribed for her helped her nausia and wasting. Then he triend Medical Marijuana for her and it helped a lot. So decided to make that his main practice to help others.
Paul October 05, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Correcting my midstype in my 3:44 am comment.Then he TRIED medical marijuana for her and it helped a lot. So he decided to make that his main practice to help others. More regular doctors do not do this because they are afraid of being raided at gun point and have all their patient records seized by the DEA that issues licenses to "prescribe" FDA approved medicine to patients. So some doctors make MMJ their occupation and write "recommendations" not "prescriptions" and are careful to follow the rules. The DEA has to give approval for any clinical health research study to be allowed to study effects of MMJ on patients, and they usually say no to even the studies the FDA has approved. The 5,000 agents are still clinging to their old "reefer madness myths" and their guns, and their jobs.
SK October 06, 2011 at 12:40 PM
The argument that marijuana is better than alcohol or cigarettes is pointless if you are truly talking about it in context of medical necessity. Vicodin is also necessary for pain management in many cases, but we get that through a pharmacy. Same with all other controlled substances. Whether pot is better or worse than the others doesn't really matter - and if you're arguing that it is less this or that, you are not really arguing medical necessity. I have no issues with people who medically need it having it - but I do have issues with corner shops like this dispensing it. Open a clinic, with a doctor in house - similar to the weight loss clinics that distribute phentermine - and it's not a problem. But a pot "boutique" with dark windows? Tawdry!
LBV Collins October 06, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Hi SK. Dispensaries can only provide Medical Marijuana to adult patients carrying a Medical Marijuana Card. And to get a Card, a doctor must recommend marijuana to alleviate their patient’s symptoms. This limits who can enter a dispensary and purchase Medical Marijuana to those adults who are real patients with real diagnoses. So unlike the corner liquor store where kids can freely walk in, underage children are not allowed… just like they are not allowed to walk into bars.
Robert Ford November 01, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Medical Marijuana is just a avenue to distribute pot. 90% of the people that walk through the doors are between 18-30 healthy looking individuals Most everyone looks like they are tatted and drug attics to start with. They bring a sleazy element into the business parks where they operate. This farce needs to be stopped! Medical Marijuana is a joke. There is nothing medical about it.
Galactic Cannibal November 02, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Versus drunks on the streets by 1000%
LBV Collins November 04, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Hi Robert. Yes, Medical Marijuana dispensaries are used to distribute pot… that’s the point. This allows patients, armed with their doctor’s recommendation, to access Medical Marijuana in a safe environment. The alternative is for patients to acquire their doctor-recommended medicine from the local Cartel drug dealer lurking in our City’s back alleys… the same guy who also sells heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, Ecstasy, and any other poison someone may want to purchase. So by shutting down legitimate, State-sanctioned Medical Marijuana dispensaries, our City has instead chosen to support the Cartel’s drug dealers. Regarding your judgment call of the “90% of the people that walk through the doors are… healthy looking individuals,” be wary when accusing others whom “appear” normal. I have a family member who is permanently disabled with a painful neurological disorder, yet this person “looks” perfectly normal. Looks are deceiving, so unless you’re a doctor who has examined the people walking into a dispensary, I encourage you to not pass judgment. As for your comment that there is “nothing medical” about marijuana, that’s just not true. It doesn’t require too much Google search effort on your part to find reports and studies that show Medical Marijuana’s efficacy. It’s not a panacea, not a cure-all for every ache and pain people experience, but it helps a lot of people with severe debilitating conditions.
LBV Collins November 04, 2011 at 02:04 PM
But putting aside the legitimate medical uses of marijuana, let’s just take a look at its effects on recreational users and society at large… by comparing it to alcohol. You may find the abstract of this recent report interesting: “Popular intoxicants: what lessons can be learned from the last 40 years of alcohol and cannabis regulation?” It concludes that “A recent expert-led comparison of the health and social harms to the user and to [society] caused by the most commonly used drugs in the UK showed alcohol to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to users, and five times as harmful as cannabis to [society].” [1] Whoa… alcohol is twice as harmful as pot to users, and five times as harmful to society. BTW: This article is published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Psychopharmacology, the journal of the British Association of Psychopharmacology. Real science, real facts. 1. http://jop.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/09/03/0269881111414751

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