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Murrieta Marijuana Dispensary Plans to Stay Open

CMG Outreach, which dispenses medical marijuana to members, said it planned to stay open despite pending legal action by the City of Murrieta.

A medical marijuana dispensary that opened recently in Murrieta will continue to operate despite being cited daily, an owner said.

Beth Burns, one of three owners of , or CMG Outreach, said they were issued another $2,500 citation Wednesday by City of Murrieta code enforcement officers.

Burns said she had not been served any court papers as of Wednesday.

"The restraining order (sought by the city), is to try and keep the dispensary closed while the litigation is in session," Burns said. She said they have no plans on shutting down until a final court decision is made.

Burns also countered claims that she was deceptive on city business license applications.

According to a report prepared by Murrieta police Lt. Bob Davenport, Burns checked no on two business license applications when asked whether she would be selling drugs or paraphernalia.

"I don't see it as a hard-core drug so I didn't want to answer like it was," Burns said.

"I was straightforward with them," she said about a conversation with a city employee who asked what the purpose of the business would be.

When the city learned of the intentions for the business, Burns was denied a business license, according to Davenport.

Burns said she has not received the $75 refund for the application.

The co-op has hired an attorney, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Andy July 21, 2011 at 07:32 PM
It seems like the city does not care about the citizens in California who are funding them through tax dollars and put them in office. They'd rather throw out legal dispensaries because they "don't like then" or they try to contest the medical value of it. Are they doctors? Do cities ban pharmacies or certain drugs pharmacies give out because a few people might disagree with how medicinal the pharmaceutical drugs are? This is ridiculous.
RC1X July 22, 2011 at 04:02 AM
The City of Murrieta should take another look at this and approve this business. They are not hurting anyone, in fact they are helping a lot of people. What's wrong with that? I don't know why they don't let free enterprise work. We voted in this state and now it's legal for this use. Take another look and approve this business would be the best thing for the people of Murrieta.
citizen July 22, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Pacificmarlin.. nice drug reference... I guess even you agree dope has no medicinal value if you infer it makes people arrogant and in denial.... wait, that sounds like everyone supporting this place......and last time I checked, massage is not illegal. Massage and marijuana are not the same and should not be enforced as such!
M. Lee Davis July 22, 2011 at 05:53 PM
I'm sorry but I read this comment like three times and havent found your point yet. Pacificmarlin was not comparing marijuana to massage. He was only stating that where there is a massage parlor there is "most likely" and quite often prostitution. Prostitution is in fact illegal by local, and state laws but was questioning why the city won't shut them down as a "nuisance" business. (I feel it's because they, themselves enjoy the "massage" parlors). Everyone knows that marijuana, when taken medicinally, works. I also personally know that the very few people that I know who use marijuana for medicinal reasons do so in their own home and are not a bother to anyone on the streets and are not endangering anyone at all. I'm not a Dr. but I know it does help people who are sick and suffering and you are obviously not a Dr. and have nothing to back up the fact that in your own opinion that it doesn't help. i think your the one in denial!
Andy July 23, 2011 at 04:27 AM
From my understanding, medical marijuana is legal under state law. If you think it has no medical value, you need to get your head out of the sand and look at the research that's came out the last few years.
Jean July 23, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Are the elected officials working for the people of Murrieta or against them? It is very clear that they are pursuing their own political agendas. They are nothing but self- serving arrogant tyrants! Medical Cannabis Patients have no rights in the City of Murrieta.
M. Lee Davis July 23, 2011 at 04:55 PM
I agree with you 100%. Especially the narcissistic comment!!
Jean July 23, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Mayor Randon Lane said the matter wasn't likely to make the city re-think its policy on medical marijuana. "It's a policy we just set ..." Lane said. "We decided we don't want that in our community."
Jean July 23, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Mayor Randon Lane said the matter wasn't likely to make the city re-think its policy on medical marijuana. "It's a policy we just set ..." Lane said. "We decided we don't want that in our community."
Jean July 23, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Who is We? the whole community or them?
Jean July 23, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Medical Marijuana Patients of the City of Murrieta have the right to start a Lawsuit against all Elected City Officials based on the Compassionate Act and The California Constitution, which grants the right to life and safety. The City and the cops of Murrieta do not have the right to cut off Safe Access to Medical Marijuana Patients!
Tina July 23, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Unfortunately, I don't think this is as easy as "just change the ordiance and allow dispensaries" type issue. It is much more complicated than that. State law does recognize marijuana for medicinal purposes, but under federal law marijuana is illegal. Federal law always supercedes state law and Goverment Code section 37100 states that a city's "legislative body may pass ordinances not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of the state or the United States." So, by changing the citiy's ordinance to allow dispensaries, they would be in violation of federal law. That is why this is such a difficult issue that is not always easily resolved. Some cities have had their ordinances banning dispensaries upheld through the courts and some have not. Until the Federal law is changed regarding marijuana, this will continue to be a difficult issue for a lot of cities.
Bill Burchard July 23, 2011 at 08:21 PM
@Pacificmarlin Do you happen to have any links to these decisions?
Tina July 23, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Pacificmarlin, No, I don't think I am "woefully misinformed". There was a ruling in Lake Forest and the Gov code 37100 was discussed. It states "The Court noted that distribution of marijuana, even for medical use, is a crime under federal law.The Court also noted that California Government Code 37100 “provides that a city’s ‘legislative body may pass ordinances not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of the State or the United States.’ Stated in the negative, Section 37100 serves as a bar to local government’s enacting ordinances that would serve to allow residents or businesses to violate state or federal law.” Here is a link to this information, which I believe might still be hung up in the courts: http://www.aele.org/law/2010all07/2010-07MLJ501.pdf Also, earlier this month, there was a news article regarding this issue, " He [Deputy Attorned General Cole] said anyone in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana are violating the federal Controlled Substances Act, "regardless of state law.''Potentially more significant, Cole said that also applies to those "who knowingly facilities such activities.'' Which could also apply to cities who allow this. Here is the link: http://www.yourwestvalley.com/topstory/article_772eacf8-a447-11e0-97ff-001cc4c03286.html Again, this is a very difficult issue on both sides so we will have to wait and see what the courts decide. Also the
Jean July 23, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Cmg is an agricultural cooperative corporation registered in the State of California. Secretary of State office. That is public information.
Jean July 23, 2011 at 11:05 PM
CMG has the right to provide a social service to the community
Jean July 23, 2011 at 11:09 PM
How many other legal businesses within the City of Murrieta will have to pack and go because the city does not approve of them? How about constitutional rights?
Jean July 25, 2011 at 02:40 PM
This is a good point: Re: Initial Business Application. Councilman McAllister said that Cooperative Medical Group or MCCMG Investments LLC estimated annual gross income was not enough to turn his face the other way. Did any of you heard that as well? Makes me wonder how many private agendas these folks have going and how often this councilman turns his face the other way? He was being recorded. Was he concerned at all? If I am wrong, please correct me!
Louise October 14, 2011 at 06:53 PM
In Lake Elsinore there are 3 dispensaries on Grand Ave, why can LE have 3 and Murrieta none?

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