San Diego Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hit With $1.8-Million Fine

CALIFORNIA:  A Pacific Beach medical marijuana dispensary has been hit with a $1.8-million penalty for operating outside of San Diego‘s zoning regulations, the largest fine against a dispensary in city history.

That more than doubles the total amount of dispensary-related judgments the city has collected to date.

On Nov. 20, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled against SoCal Holistic Health Inc. and the company’s president, Ryan Murphy. Besides the penalty for operating illegally, Taylor also issued a permanent injunction against the dispensary and its president, prohibiting them from having a dispensary anywhere within city limits.

“The judges are sending a message, and so are we: Marijuana dispensaries can either follow the law or they will pay a high price for their actions,” City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said in a statement Wednesday.


Oak Park, IL Votes Down Medical Marijuana Tax

ILLINOIS: Oak Park won’t have its own tax on medical marijuana if a dispensary planned for Lake Street opens up later this year.

The Oak Park Village Board unanimously voted against a tax on the drug during its Monday meeting, with trustees saying they didn’t want to add another burden to ill people who are prescribed marijuana.

Trustees unanimously voted 6-0 against the proposed 6 percent tax, which would only have applied to the soon-to-open Seven Point dispensary planned for 1140 Lake St. Trustee Colette Lueck was absent.