Dispensary News

By Paul Anderson
City News Service

SANTA ANA >> A 38-year-old man teamed up with two high school buddies to abduct a marijuana dispensary owner from his Newport Beach home and torture him into telling the trio where they erroneously believed he had stashed $1 million in profits in the Mojave Desert, and when that failed, they cut off his penis and threw it away, a prosecutor told jurors today.

Kyle Shirakawa Handley is charged with two counts of kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, and torture, all felonies, with a sentencing enhancement allegation for inflicting great bodily injury. If he is convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Handley’s attorney, Robert Weinberg, deferred making an opening statement in the trial.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told the jury that three men wearing ski masks broke into the Newport Beach home on the peninsula and abducted Michael Simonian and his landlord, Mary Barnes, about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2012.

The victims were bound with zip ties, gagged with duct tape and blindfolded, Brown said.

The trio

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ELKTON — One of the two medical marijuana dispensaries located in the county is already open and the second expects to do so in the coming weeks as medical marijuana begins its slow rollout throughout the state.

PharmKent LLC, located at 330 E. Pulaski Highway in Elkton, has been awarded a preliminary license and is already taking applications from people whose conditions would warrant use of the drug, said Peter Murphy, managing member of the dispensary.

Murphy said sales of the approved cannabis products could begin by the end of December or by early January.

The second dispensary — Nature’s Care and Wellness at 4925 Pulaski Highway in Perryville — expects to be issued its license soon, said Linda Condon, director. Once the license is acquired, the dispensary plans to open on Jan. 15 but the office will take calls beginning Jan. 2 to help people register with the state, she said, noting a certificate is required to receive medical marijuana.

More than four years after the state legalized medical marijuana, the first dispensaries opened in Maryland earlier this month,

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NANTUCKET — The Planning Board has voted to give The Green Lady, a proposed medical marijuana dispensary, a special permit, making it the first dispensary on the island with an approved location.

The Green Lady, which would be located in two buildings at 11 Amelia Drive, has already received a letter support from the Board of Selectmen, which gives the dispensary the green light to go to the state for further approvals.

Monday was the first time the dispensary went before the Planning Board, said board Vice Chairman Barry Rector. The process went fairly smoothly with little objections from residents, he said. Nantucket has zoning regulations on the books limiting where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located, and many of the arguments about them already occurred at town meeting, Rector said. The vote to approve the permit on Monday was unanimous.

The dispensary is the brainchild of Nicole and Rupert Campbell, a New York couple who have been coming to Nantucket for two decades and who were married at Brant Point. Their time there has created a

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DENVER — Police in Denver raided several marijuana retail stores and arrested a dozen people Thursday.

In what is being a called a culmination of a year-long investigation into illegal distribution of marijuana, the Denver Police Department and several partnering agencies executed search and arrest warrants at eight Denver-area Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center locations.  

Search warrants were executed at the following Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center locations:

1475 S. Acoma St., Denver 2647 W. 38th Ave., Denver 5100 W. 38th Ave., Denver 4400 E. Evans Ave., Denver 2609 Walnut St., Denver 4125 N. Elati St., Denver 7200 E. Smith Rd., Denver 15200 E. 6th Ave., Aurora

The alleged criminal actions are related to the sale of marijuana in excess of what is allowed by state law, police said. Amendment 64 allows the possession, use, display, purchase, and transport of one ounce or less of marijuana.

The 12 suspects arrested in the operation are being held for illegal distribution of marijuana. The suspects’ names, booking photos and arrest documents are not currently available for release as the operation and booking process are still underway.

As a result

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DENVER — Multiple licensed marijuana dispensaries in the Denver metro area have been raided by police.

Denver police say the violations are criminal in nature, but would not go into specifics.

Officers are executing search and arrest warrants, according to the Denver Police Department.

While police would not confirm which businesses are part of the raid, multiple Sweet Leaf locations are reportedly closed with notices saying licences have been suspended.

A notice of license suspension at the Sweet Leaf store at 26th and Walnut streets in Denver on Dec. 14, 2017.

“Medical and/or retail marijuana licenses for these premises have been suspended by order of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses for alleged violations of Colorado law,” reads a notice from the city of Denver posted on the Sweet Leaf location at 26th and Walnut streets.

Customers were turned away today at the Evans Avenue location and signs were posted on the doors letting customers know the retail marijuana licenses have been suspended by the city for

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