'They Sell Marijuana Out Of A Van'

It certainly sounded like a good idea: While many doctor-pot-shop relationships are of a longer distance than customers would like (get a doctor's note here, get your weed there), a couple in Riverside County came up with a solution. Partnering up with a doctor's referral business, they started parking their pot-shop RV outside of the office at certain times so patients could get a convenient fix.

There was only one problem with that scenario: It's not legal, according to authorities who spoke to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The husband-wife duo of Stewart Hauptman and Helen Cherry have already been cited for selling marijuana and possessing paraphernalia. Now Norco City Attorney John Harper wants to take out a temporary restraining order against the mobile operation. "We don't perceive what they do as a collective," Harper told the paper. "They sell marijuana out of a van."

Harper and Riverside County Sheriff's officials take a stance similar to that of Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich: Retailing pot for profit was never permitted under the state's medical marijuana law, which allows for the collective cultivation and nonprofit distribution of cannabis for the seriously ill.

In fact, Norco and nearby Corona have outlawed dispensaries, and one Anaheim case could decide whether California cities have the right to do so when such bans could conflict with state law. The strange thing is, the Lakeview Collective's mobile nature is not the issue. The fact that it's a typical dispensary is.

The pair plans to fight its citations and any other legal action. The duo is taking the high road for now.


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