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Supporters of the Green Remedy medical marijuana dispensary embraced after the city council gave them permission to relocate (Photo by: Joaquin Palomino).

Medical marijuana dispensary allowed to relocate

The Richmond City Council approved a permit Tuesday night to allow a marijuana dispensary to move from its current location near Hilltop Mall to a largely abandoned street on Bissell Avenue, less than one block...
Councilmembers Ludmyrna Lopez, left, Maria Viramontes, Gayle McLaughlin and Jeff Ritterman speak during a City Council meeting earlier this month. The council voted during a closed-session meeting Monday to continue prosecuting the city's medical marijuana dispensaries for operating without a business license. File photo by Ian A. Stewart.

Council won’t halt court cases against pot shops

Despite pleas from the owners and patrons of Richmond’s medical marijuana dispensaries, the city council decided Monday during a special, closed session to continue with court cases aimed at shutting down the city’s pot clubs....
John Clay, who operates the Pacific Alternative Health Center in Point Richmond, walks away from the podium Tuesday after addressing the city council. The council voted 7-0 to revise its new medical marijuana ordinance and limit the city to only three dispensaries. Photo by Ian A. Stewart.

City Council takes a mulligan on marijuana ordinance

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to undo many of the revisions it made last week to its new medical marijuana ordinance, and also approved a November ballot measure to tax all pot sales.
Jars of medical marijuana are on display at a Richmond dispensary. File photo by Natalie Jones.

Council passes ‘liberal’ medical pot ordinance

During a marathon session Tuesday night, Richmond's City Council voted 4-3 to adopt a medical marijuana ordinance that will not cap the number of dispensaries allowed within the city limits.
Council members, including Gayle McLaughlin (from left), Jeff Ritterman, Nat Bates and Tom Butt (shown during a June 22 meeting), voted Tuesday to OK the purchase of $84,000 worth of Tasers for the Richmond Police Department during their weekly council meeting. The purchase violates the city council's own resolution calling for a ban on Arizona-based businesses, such as the Taser vendor. However police say the Arizona companty is simply the only place to get the devices. File photo by Ian A. Stewart.

Council OKs Taser purchase, breaks own resolution

Despite its own resolution banning doing business with companies in Arizona, Richmond City Council on Tuesday approved a $84,000 purchase of Tasers from an Arizona vendor during a wide-ranging council meeting.