Man withdraws application for marijuana collective

Proposed collective would have been first in San Mateo County

A man applying for what would have been San Mateo County's first licensed medical marijuana collective withdrew his application to operate the business Tuesday, a spokeswoman with the district attorney's office said.

Bradley Ehikian, who had been granted a business license to run the Sans Souci Marijuana Collective at 2676 Bay Road in Redwood City, withdrew his application before the matter was to be heard by the Board of Supervisors, district attorney's office services manager Debbie Padilla said.

On Oct. 19, the county License Board decided to grant Ehikian a license to open the dispensary. The decision was separately appealed to the Board of Supervisors by Sheriff Greg Munks, District Attorney James Fox, and Redwood City resident Michael Morris, who was joined by 39 other residents in his bid to block the dispensary.

The sheriff's appeal was motivated by questions of whether the dispensary could operate as a true collective, which, according to the county's ordinance and state law, requires that a balance be struck between the number of the collective's members who work to produce and distribute marijuana and the number of members who simply buy it.

According to staff reports, the sheriff's office argued that Sans Souci would have been "more of a large-scale business operation as opposed to a member-run collective."

In order to be considered a viable collective with 500 members, the proposed operation would have had to cultivate around 7,000 pot plants per month, or 11.4 tons of pot annually.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:08 am

Awesome. A sheriff who got caught visiting hookers doesn't want a medical marijuana collective. Guess the top cop's gotta have his priorities.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of another community
on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

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Let us never forget that Munks visited a brothel at least once in 2007. We do not know how many other times he has visited a brothel. He should have resigned. The community should have encouraged him to resign.

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Posted by DMW
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

You guys didn't know cops are above the law?
Redwood sheriffs get to use the services of prostitutes, and Palo Alto officers get to drunk drive.

PA Police Chief is forced to resign over "racial profiling", but the Redwood Sheriff isn't even admonished for soliciting sexual services from organized-crime-exploited women?

Surprising that 39 residents (and a hypocritically licentious person placed in a position of authority and trust who ought to be held to higher standards, but is not) can band together to "shut down" a business that I'm sure would serve thousands.

I still do not understand the arguments against the legalization of marijuana/ or the decriminalization of marijuana / or the allowing of safe and sanctioned transactions consisting of medical marijuana . Would someone try to explain the validity of the assertions made by the opposing side?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Sheriff Munks, the sheriff of San Mateo County (not Redwood City) should've joined the ranks of Lynn Johnson - in shame for their behavior - at least she resigned. I am not anti-prostitution, but I am anti-exploitation and what he did(seeing an exploited prostitute) and where he went (a place that was nasty, disgusting & not just a house of prostitution) are indefensible. So when he comes across as high & mighty about something, as he does in this case, it's hard to take him seriously. I hope he retires quickly.

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Here's a radical idea: If "medical" Marijuana dispensaries looked more like professional pharmacies that provide services of reputable appearance, and NOT look like a head shop in the back of a 1976 Record Factory store, then perhaps they would gain the respect of voters who vote against legalizing a substance that is a federal offense. Voters have heard all of the "pro" argument but there is a lot of "con" regarding concurrent crime and abuses. What needs to be discussed is how EVERYONE's costs will rise, especially in the area of home, auto and medical insurance. Why not let everyone telecommute, instead of working in offices with "lightly" stoned people? The only people who benefit are those who stock the vending machines. Get real! We don't want it.

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Posted by steve c
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Why worry about it Ted? The insurance companies will make sure to control one more aspect or our lives and make it impossible for anyone registered to co-exist in society. There are some costs here that you conveniently overlook, as is usually the case with the arguments against legalizing and normalizing this substance.

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Posted by leonarddoctork
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 30, 2010 at 6:17 am

Yes, this is the very next item on the Civil Rights agenda, especially when it comes to Medicinal Cannabis, which is still not legal in the majority of States because of the old, outdated "dogma". Medicinal Cannabis is effective in a wide variety of conditions ranging from glaucoma to pain, to muscle spasms to nausea of chemotherapy, to malnutrition. The list can go on, including recent scientific findings that Cannabis can even be an “exit substance” for recovering alcoholics or hard drug/prescription drug abusers. Cannabis is not physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, and the so-called “gateway drug theory” is invalid and was recently called “half-baked” by a scientific study. Research also determined that there is no connection between smoking Cannabis and lung cancer (which to me demonstrates that Cannabis has anti-cancer properties), that is also being confirmed by the ongoing studies. Cannabis also may be helpful in treatment, and even in prevention, of Alzheimer’s disease. Medicinal Cannabis Legalization is not even a “partisan” issue, as the brave Citizens of Arizona showed us by legalizing Medicinal Cannabis in their rather conservative State. In fact, Judge Francis Young said back in 1988 that "Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substance known to men", and the reputable Shafer Commission recommended immediate decriminalization of Marijuana to Pres. Nixon in 1972 which he ignored. Cannabis prohibition is doing more harm than many people realize, as it encourages (young) people to indulge in experimentation with dangerous substances such as alcohol, opiate pain pills, cocaine, amphetamines or heroin because those substances, dangerous that they are, are cleared faster from one's "system", and are not as likely to be "detected" on a random "drug screen". When Medicinal Cannabis is fully accepted and widely used, we will be pleasantly surprised at prescription drug abuse going sharply down! History proves to the Cannabis prohibitionists that it is not possible to defeat the combined "forces" of Reason, science, and the Law of Supply and Demand! I really believe that all the fear mongering should be rejected, and Cannabis/Medicinal Cannabis should be legalized in all 50 States ASAP!

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Posted by John Toalson
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

the sheriff's office argued that Sans Souci would have been "more of a large-scale business operation as opposed to a member-run collective."

So what if it was a business operation, it brings jobs, tax revenue and helps sick people get their doctor authorized medicine. This sheriff should stick to his brothels and get out of people's medicine cabinets!

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