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Ordinance restricts future medical marijuana dispensaries

Following recommendations from its planning commission, El Dorado County ‘s Board of Supervisors Tuesday enacted two county ordinances governing medical marijuana cultivation and distribution. The new laws replace a two-year “urgency ordinance” adopted in October 2011 and establish guidelines for future regulation of medical cannabis within the unincorporated areas throughout the county. Empowered by California’s […]

Planning panel shapes marijuana growing law

The El Dorado County Planning Commission held a first hearing on a proposed ordinance regulating medical marijuana cultivation at its Aug. 8 meeting. Previously the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors imposed a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries and established interim standards for the outdoor cultivation of marijuana. The new ordinance would replace the existing […]

Supervisors look to expand medical marijuana ordinance guidelines

An increasingly vocal number of county residents showed up at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting to present their views regarding the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana and access or lack thereof to shops or collectives dispensing their medications. At issue is county government’s intention to craft a permanent amendment to the County Code regulating such […]

Six arrested at two marijuana dispensaries

Five arrests were made when search warrants were served on April 4 centered around the sale of marijuana at two businesses.

The three-month investigation into a conspiracy to sell marijuana looked at River City Wellness, also known as Right Choice Wellness, in Cameron Park and C4C Wellness in Shingle Springs. Both were operated by David Sisson, 45, of El Dorado, his wife Stacy, 44, and his 34-year-0ld brother Robert Sisson of Shingle Springs. A press release from Michael J. Wise of the Wise Law Group, stated that Right Choice Wellness is “a holistic wellness center providing multiple holistic services to their patients in addition to filling legal cannabis recommendations.” Search warrants were also served to the business operator’s home and two bank accounts.

We have the right to use medical marijuana

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: Esteemed supervisors, lest we forget, the people who voted you into office overwhelmingly support the right of a person to use cannabis as medicine. The right was established in 1996, Prop.215, The Compassionate Use Act. Lest we forget, your Southern California brethren (San Diego) have […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 54 Replies

2 Tahoe men suspected of marijuana trafficking

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Task Force members arrested two South Lake Tahoe men on suspicion of trafficking medical marijuana to the East Coast last week.  David McHenry, 29, and Jeremiah Harper, 31, were arrested at a home on Glenwood Way Tuesday afternoon, said Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings. SLEDNET […]

Medical marijuana: Don’t believe the lies

EDITOR: The El Dorado County American Alliance for Medical Cannabis has been meeting in Garden Valley for 10 years now. We have been involved with many events as well as been involved with talks with law enforcement to help set some guidelines with regard to the possession, use and cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. We routinely bring […]

Heard over the back fence: Get in balance at Cameron Park

 John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Hawk” T-shirt statement: “Soar to new heights * Be a keen observer * Stoop down on opportunities * Rise above it all * Spread your wings * Find a field that suits you * The sky’s the limit!” AVOIDING NURSING HOME: 
The “Coffee, […]

Pot shop, farm moratorium extended

It required at least a four-fifths vote, but El Dorado County supervisors were unanimous in their decision to extend the county’s two moratoria regarding cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana. Tuesday’s board meeting ended with the vote following testimony both for and against extension of the moratoria that have been in place for the past […]

Constitutional powers

On the 235th anniversary of our country’s Declaration of Independence we celebrate that document  and especially its words, ” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That […]

LSD Gummy Bears part of drug bust

By Adam Jensen SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — LSD laden Gummy Bears were part of a South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team bust in mid-May that included psilocybin mushrooms and more than 90 pounds of marijuana. Law enforcement officers arrested John Morrissey, 29, May 19 after receiving complaints about a marijuana growing operation at two […]

Gay pot smokers must be conflicted

EDITOR: I just have one question: How conflicted must gay and lesbian pot smokers be these days? Dopers scream about the “feds” enforcing marijuana laws that, according to them, is “state” business. Then, the majority of Californians vote against gay marriage, and suddenly “state” matters become “federal” again. I guess principles are only important until […]

Publisher’s ink: Anarchy steals across our border

Illegal aliens have been crossing our open border with Mexico since Col. Jim Bowie defended the Alamo against the onslaught of Santa Anna. Border communities have dealt with illegal activity and the criminal element (much of it drug related) that comes with it for years. In the past, southern border states have tolerated illegal immigration […]

New guidelines for growing medicinal cannabis

Two hundred, 400 or 600 square feet per qualified garden is the new medicinal cannabis law in El Dorado County. Ordinance 5000 was passed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday after nearly six hours of testimony, discussion and deliberation. The ordinance officially takes effect 30 days from now. During the same session, the board also […]

Sheriff strips Forest Service of power

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini has been having problems with the U.S. Forest Service since he took office more than two years ago — and now is stripping it of its state law enforcement power in the county and the Eldorado National Forest. “I have a folder an inch thick of e-mail and snail […]

Heard over the back fence: Hear a lawyer who witnessed history firsthand

 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “You are about to EXCEED the limits of my MEDICATION.” FOUNDATION’S SPRING BANQUET:
 The Ponderosa High School Foundation is having its eighth annual Spring Banquet on Friday, March 22, at the new American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville. Social hour begins at 6 […]

Sheriff: Gun control not the issue

Gun control, road closures, gangs, and other topics were covered when El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini addressed the women of the El Dorado County Republican Women Federated at their Monday meeting. D’Agostini opened by noting that everyone was probably already aware of the letter he sent to Vice President Joe Biden in which he […]

Undersheriff takes aim at OT

El Dorado County Undersheriff Rich Williams spoke of the annual report, the department’s budget and more at the El Dorado County Taxpayer’s Association meeting on Feb. 11. Williams, who was to speak along with Sheriff John D’Agostini, first noted that the sheriff was ill and could not attend. He then launched into a short recap […]

Crime Log: Jan. 24-25

Jan. 24 12:31 a.m. A 45-year-old male reported a physical altercation with his 42-year-old wife on Piazza Place in El Dorado Hills. The female could not be located. 5:23 a.m. Deputies responded to a residence on Pony Express Trail in Camino regarding a vehicle burglary report. A screwdriver was collected at the scene. No suspect […]

Horse rescue sues banks

An El Dorado Hills animal rescue foundation has accused two large banks and their attorney of orchestrating the fraudulent transfer of 36 horses, 14 of which were pregnant, from the squalid and now-infamous Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville to the Grace Foundation in August, 2011, ignoring a bankruptcy filing that protected the horses as assets […]

Government regulation

EDITOR: While visiting friends in Placerville, one of your letter writers commented that we should allow new businesses a start-up period where they didn’t need to follow environmental and regular rules. Eliminating regulations is a pretty common theme among area opinions, and a stalwart of those fearful of Agency 21. I must admit to some […]

Federal bloat

For the fourth straight year President Obama has proposed a budget with a deficit of more than $1 trillion. Republican candidate Ron Paul is campaigning on the promise to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget in the first year. We don’t know the details of his plan, but here’s ours: Eliminate the Labor Department and […]

Demos back Calaveras man for Assembly

Marc Boyd, 58, of Arnold in Calaveras County won the endorsement of California’s Democratic Party leaders to run for the newly redrawn foothills Assembly District 5. Boyd visited the Mountain Democrat offices Thursday morning. He is a first-time candidate for elective office but has been active in local issues and campaigns. Boyd is the manager […]

Supervisors extend, amend pot moratoria

El Dorado County Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to extend the county moratorium prohibiting new medical marijuana dispensaries, cooperatives and collectives. The extension runs from Dec. 20 until Nov. 15, 2012 — that is 10 months and 15 days, as provided under state law. Supervisor John Knight opposed the action, which included a variation on the […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 36 Replies

City Council wraps up 2011 in holiday mood

Tuesday night saw the Placerville City Council closing out a year that included a lawsuit over the roundabout, a referendum that shut down redevelopment, the removal of a mayor indicted by the Grand Jury and Neighborhood Chats. Tuesday’s meeting was a “goodwill to all, peace on earth” type of City Council meeting as 22 city […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

45-day halt in medical pot gardens, new sellers

Despite three hours of emotional testimony by medical marijuana patients, El Dorado County Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to impose a moratorium on new dispensaries and all outdoor gardens. Effective immediately, the moratoria will remain for 45 days or until the county crafts a set of ordinances governing the growing and distribution of medical cannabis. Under […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 36 Replies

City to ban pot shops

The Placerville City Council took another step toward banning medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits with the introduction of an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. The audience at Tuesday’s meeting was sparse, in stark contrast to the packed houses that helped to promote the ordinance to allow the marijuana dispensaries in 2006. The city has had […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 15 Replies

That’s why they call it ‘dope’

EDITOR: This is in response to the letter written by Hans Wissler dated Aug. 26. Hans, you asked for opinions, here’s mine. First, let me get this straight, you are writing (whining) from the El Dorado County Jail after being “wrongly” incarcerated while on probation. You say you have no Prop. 215 card, yet you still […]

Residents, hunters collide in Kanaka Valley

“You’re ramming hunting down our throats,” said Kanaka Valley resident Richard Fischer to Lauren Fety, an indefatigable 26-year old biologist heading up the Kanaka Valley project for the Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode field office. She claims she’s gotten used to comments like that since she’s fostering a bitter dispute between residents of a […]

Sheriff asks residents to be community’s eyes, ears

EL DORADO HILLS — It’s like he never stopped campaigning. With a loud voice and a clear message, recently elected Sheriff John D’Agostini, who outlasted a field of seven strong candidates in a grueling 2010 campaign filled with both accusations and promises to reform a department with acknowledged “culture” problems, reaffirmed his priorities with his West […]

Sheriffs candidate showdown last of the campaign

El Dorado County voters packed Folsom Lake Colleges El Dorado Center Friday night for the final face-to-face forum between sheriffs candidates John DAgostini and Craig Therkildsen. The forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters, featured other issues on the docket surrogate speakers representing gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman, a discussion about Proposition […]

South Lake Tahoe council puzzles over pot regs

Tahoe Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. Ñ Medical marijuana advocates scored a victory recently when the South Lake Tahoe City Council backed away from a proposed ordinance that would place a long list of restrictions on medical marijuana cultivation in the city. After more than four hours of sometimes heated public debate, the council unanimously approved […]

EDH raid nets gun cache

Mother Lode News El Dorado County SheriffÕs deputies conducted simultaneous raids on two homes owned by Nana ÒPattyÓ McPeak, the cofounder of RiceEx, a once prominent nutrition firm headquartered in the El Dorado Hills Business Park, last Thursday, July 29. Sgt. Jim Beyers told Mother Lode News that both McPeak, who lives at 100 Rock […]

Belltower: The Sellout is an amazing story of our time

Editor ÒYou can call this a ÔselloutÕ or say that Wall Street sold out its principles in the 1980s and later to make a buck. I would tell you as someone who knows these guys, they never had principles to sell out in the first place.Ó Ñ Teddy Forstmann Ò…more than $13 trillion in household […]

Response to editorial, ÔPot dazed viewÕ

Placerville EDITOR: You have listed a multitude of ÒrulesÓ (you abstained from calling them ÒlawsÓ) that our Legislature should enact in order to remove ambiguity from enforcement of our drug laws, laws that have proven ineffective and counterproductive for almost a century. Many Americans will support the proposition that prohibition does not work. The electorate […]

Pot dazed view

With the recent California Supreme Court decision the medial marijuana floodgates are all the way open. The state Supreme Court ruled that laws passed by the Legislature setting limits on medical marijuana possession were unconstitutional. They were unconstitutional because the Legislature cannot amend an initiative passed by the voters. Proposition 215 was approved by the […]

The Balancing Act: Pot of Gold

Democrat columnist Although the attempted decriminalization of Marijuana has been tried before in California with Òtraffic ticketsÓ being issued to people found with very small quantities (fines for less than an ounce are still $100 plus ÒpenaltiesÓ), Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco wants to go all the way with basically making marijuana not much different than […]

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