Posted: 10/11/2005 1:40:47 PM EDT
Marijuana clinics report two more burglaries
County supervisors to discuss revising ordinance on pot clubs today
Ricci Graham, STAFF WRITER
In what is becoming a common occurence, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department is investigating burglaries of two medical marijuana clinics in unincorporated communities near Hayward.
The first burglary, at The Compassionate Collective, 21222 Mission Blvd., was reported around 1 a.m. Friday, Lt. Dale Amaral, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, said on Monday.
The second, Amaral said, happened Sunday around 4 a.m. at The Natural Source at 16360 Foothill Blvd.
In Sunday's burglary, Amaral said, three unidentified suspects described as African-American men smashed through the front door to enter the clinic.
The suspects then broke through the sheet rock to enter the back area before making off with about
$15,000 in cash.
"Why they had this amount of cash inside is beyond me," Amaral said. "The places have video cameras on, but they don't seem to care."
Also taken during the burglary, Amaral said, were a laptop computer, marijuana cookies, tools, three San Francisco 49ers throwback jerseys and two cash registers.
Amaral said the burglars also stole clothing and sweat shirts featuring the club's logo.
In the burglary of The Compassionate Collective, an unknown suspect broke through a skylight and dropped into a small room where the marijuana is packaged for sale.
"He made his way through the business and found plastic trays filled with marijuana," said Amaral, who was unable to estimate
the club's losses.
The two burglaries are the latest in a series of incidents that have been reported at area pot clubs in the past six months.
In a move that sheriff's officials hope will result in a reduction of crime at area clubs, the Alameda County supervisors are poised to reduce the number of clubs that do business in unincorporated areas from six to three.
When board members meet in Oakland today, they will be asked to revise an ordinance, which originally was approved in June, that would give three dispensaries in Ashland and Cherryland one more opportunity to apply for one of the operating permits.
The other three clubs from the same communities submitted applications in August.
Clinics that do not apply or qualify for one of the three prized permits will be forced to shut down, although legal challenges could delay any closings.
Supervisors also have spent part of the past year trying to develop regulatory guidelines for the clinics. Currently, the county has no such controls in place.
This is an issue the decriminalization movement has not really addressed. The diversion or black/grey market sales of decriminalized drugs.
yeah.. people never break into liquor stores do they???
I've never heard of a liquor store being robbed, have you????
Who says pot smokers are lazy slackers.
They are. The people that sell pot are not.