Ian 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. Each of the city’s eight dispensaries have been faced with cease-and-desist orders from city prosecutors, who say that because Richmond doesn’t currently have rules on the books to govern or properly zone pot dispensaries, the shops are operating without permits, and therefore illegally. The city…

Good news for North Richmond’s jobless

It may not be a cure-all for the problems facing people in North Richmond, but a plan to include the community in Richmond’s business Enterprise Zone could provide some economic relief for the county’s poorest area.