CALIFORNIA: Following a police inquiry, a $250-per-person marijuana seminar run under an opaque name saw a recent Burbank program canceled, resulting in a last-minute move from the Holiday Inn to Universal City, something its organizer decried as “un-American.”
“They were just afraid, and they had been threatened by the police,” organizer and Burbank resident Robert Calkin said about the Oct. 26 event, which he said focused on ways to enter the weed business legally. “That’s totally un-American…. We won’t be helping the city of Burbank make any money at all with that attitude.”
Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said the department called the hotel for information about the seminar and discovered that Holiday Inn staff did not realize the seminar — booked under the name “CC Institute” — was a cannabis-focused event.
He said the police department found out about the seminar when officials were researching events in the city online, which they do regularly. No threat of any type occurred, said Ryburn.
Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in Burbank.
Calkin, who founded the business for those looking to enter the field in 2009, said he was forced to take his event out of the Media City due to police involvement. People still showed up, however.