Draft ordinance could effectively ban pot dispensaries in some San Diego districts By Joshua Emerson Smith of the San Diego City Beat http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-12256-new-medical-cannabis-plan-is-a-prescription-for-restriction.html Imagine if the city shut down all the corner drug stores and allowed them to open in only a few neighborhoods. Then imagine you’re sick and rely on public transportation. Soon this may not be far from reality for medical-cannabis patients in San Diego, according to a mapping study done by the Read More

This article originally appeared in The Sentinel An interview with attorney Michael E. Cindrich on the sale of marijuana for profit in California July 27, 2013 10:45 am • By Dennis Beaver “I have been reading your column for years in The Sentinel, and what makes You and the Law so popular is that you tell it like it is, care about the people who contact you and provide common-sense guidance. That’s why I am Read More

By Robin Wilkey on The Huffington Post SAN FRANCISCO — A new survey released Tuesday reveals that a majority of American parents support medical marijuana legalization, and nearly half support legalization for recreational use. Perhaps more surprising is the unexpected author of the study: The Partnership at Drugfree.org, one of the harshest critics of drug use in the nation. In the survey, titled “Marijuana: It’s Legal, Now What?” the Partnership addresses the growing acceptance of Read More

BY Craig Gustafson on SanDiego Union-Tribune: When it comes to medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego, the city might consider putting up a “Welcome to the Wild West” sign because that may be the most accurate description of the current state of affairs. No rules. No regulations. No oversight. At least 15 dispensaries are operating illegally within city limits as San Diego leaders attempt a second swing at implementing an ordinance that would provide a path Read More

By Melissa L. Severeid on NBCSanDiego.com: The San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Probation Department conducted two DUI checkpoints Saturday night that ended in 34 arrests. One of the checkpoints was in the 1400 block of G Street in downtown San Diego and another in the 2400 block of Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach. Both began operating around 11 p.m. Saturday and continued through 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Police said 1,984 vehicles Read More

By Dave Summers on NBC San Diego: The military’s highest court has overturned a murder conviction against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war. The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Wednesday threw out the conviction of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III. Hutchins will be released from prison, after serving half his sentence. Miramar Brig is where Hutchins has spent most of his time behind Read More

By Diana Guevara on NBCSanDiego.com: The family of a man who died after a fiery explosion along Interstate 8 more than a year ago is suing the federal government. The family of 25-year-old Alex Martin said he was on his way back to Texas from San Diego after visiting friends on March 15, 2012. According to court documents, Border Patrol agents got a call around midnight that Martin was going the wrong way on I-8 near Pine Read More

By Steven Luke on NBC San Diego: A San Diego teacher was fired by Holy Trinity School following a domestic violence incident involving her ex-husband. Second-grade teacher Carie Charlesworth is out of a job, but not for anything she did in the classroom. Her school district considers her a liability and too unsafe to have around following a domestic violence dispute that happened earlier this year. A letter sent to Charlesworth said that school officials are concerned Read More

By Danya Bacchus at NBC San Diego: A woman is suing the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for discrimination claiming the hotel singled her out because of her race and hair color. In 2009, Voneva Denham was hired to work at the downtown hotel located on Park Boulevard near the Convention Center and Petco Park. She says she was ready to work but says she wasn’t scheduled until she made her hair more  natural for her. Voneva Denham Read More