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The Variety seeks to provide the best possible service to verified patients. Using exclusive cultivators has allowed us to create a closed circuit collective, consistently giving our patient’s the most safe, legal access to high quality medicine.
Posted on November 25th, 2013 No comments
For all of you that have contacted your Supervisor about the lack of legal access for Orange County patients, thank you very very much for your help. We need to raise awareness that patients need legal access to medicinal marijuana in Orange County.
It has been over 2 years since The Variety Co-op was forced to close its doors, and we have been consistently working with the County in an effort to reopen. We are very close to being able to reopen our doors, but we still need the help of our patients to do so.
In the past 2 years, patients have witnessed the regression Orange County has made with regulating and allowing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to operate. Today, Orange County patients do not have legal access to medicinal marijuana. We have stood by and watched Garden Grove ban dispensaries, then allow them, and then ban them again. Orange County Supervisors voted to NOT ban medical marijuana dispensaries in 2007, only to turn around and ban them December 2010. Instead of choosing a path of regulation, which would only benefit the state of California, local governments (cities and counties) have chosen a path of outright opposition. We need to stand up for our rights as patients and demand what we all voted for.
Why we need your help…
The Variety Co-op had obtained all necessary permits, and was the only club to do so in all of Orange County, when it first opened in January 2009. According to our attorneys, The Variety Co-op should have been grandfathered in to existing law and been exempt from the ban passed by the Supervisors in December 2010. Orange County officials refused to acknowledge our permits that preexisted the ban. We need your help now, more than ever, to inform the Supervisors that there is no legal access to medicinal marijuana in Orange County.
HOW YOU CAN HELP…
The following is a prewritten e-mail for you to copy, paste, and send to your Supervisor. Find your Supervisor that presides over the city you live. Just input your Supervisor’s name at the top of the prewritten e-mail and your name at the bottom.
Supervisor Chairman Shawn Nelson *Email: Shawn.Nelson@ocgov.com
-Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia
Supervisor Janet Nguyen *Email: Janet.Nguyen@ocgov.com
-Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, Midway City
Supervisor John Moorlach *Email: John.Moorlach@ocgov.com
-Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton
Supervisor Todd Spitzer *Email: Todd.Spitzer@ocgov.com
-Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda
Supervisor Patricia Bates *Email: PatBates@ocgov.com
-Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano
Dear (Enter Supervisor’s Name Here),
I am a current resident of your district and a medicinal marijuana patient. I am very concerned because I no longer have any legal access to my medicine. Also, I am well aware that the Board of Supervisors voted on a county medical marijuana ID card program a few years ago, but now there exists no legal medicinal marijuana access. You might respond by telling me that there are delivery services available, but it has been my experience that these delivery services do not have any permits and do not pay sales taxes. What is the difference between an illegitimate delivery service and a drug dealer on the street corner?
Legal access to medicinal marijuana may not seem like an important issue to you, but it is to me, and the thousands of other patients living in Orange County. If you have a family member or friend that benefits from the use of medicinal marijuana, then you know where I am coming from. I understand that there are many challenges to allowing medicinal marijuana in Orange County, but I do not think that an outright countywide ban is the solution to something California citizens voted to allow back in 1996. Also, it is my understanding that the recent CA Supreme Court ruling allowing cities and counties to ban dispensaries will make it easier for local governments to enforce regulations allowing some and shutting down the illegal ones. In addition, the Department of Justice has released a memo giving guidelines to how a dispensary should operate. With these new developments, I do not understand why medicinal marijuana dispensaries are outright banned throughout Orange County.
My hopes are that the Board of Supervisors can find a solution to this countywide problem in the near future. Thank you for you time.
(Your Name Here)
Posted on April 18th, 2013 No comments
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Posted on December 26th, 2012 No comments
We would like to thank all of The Variety Co-op members for their continued support and want you all to know that we still intend to resume our regular medical marijuana distribution operations in our current location at 15052 Adams Ave in Midway City in the near future. As you may know, Orange County adopted an ordinance that prohibits the sale or distribution of marijuana in the county. We believe that The Variety Co-op is a legally established use that is allowed to continue in operation under the County Code; however, the County has not yet agreed with us. In January we were informed by the County that we would be subject to a $1,000 per day fine if we remained open. The Variety Co-op temporarily suspended its operations at that time in order to avoid incurring fines and to allow the courts to clarify the law before The Variety Co-op pursues its rights to resume full time operation.
Over the course of this year there have been a number of court decisions concerning whether a city or county can prohibit medical marijuana distribution and under what circumstances a co-op such as ours can operate. These decisions have been all over the place. Some courts have held that a county can enact a ban, while other courts have held otherwise. One case held that co-op members must all participate in the growing, while another case held there is no such requirement. One court held that all of the marijuana must be grown at the premises, while another court has said that is not required.
All of these cases have been accepted for review by the California Supreme Court, which appears poised to answer these questions next year. Our response to the County’s ordinance will greatly depend on the outcome in these cases. If the Supreme Court holds that a county cannot prohibit the distribution of medical marijuana, it may not be necessary for The Variety Co-op to demonstrate that it was a legally established use before. If the Supreme Court holds otherwise, its decision in the cases concerning how distribution may occur will influence how The Variety Co-op proceeds with the County.
Because there is so much uncertainty in the law at the moment and because the Supreme Court is likely to resolve at least some of the uncertainty in the near future, The Variety Co-op is waiting for the Supreme Court to decide the pending cases before resuming full time operation in its current location. The Variety Co-op does not have the resources to be incurring legal fees and potential County fines to address issues with the County that might become moot.
We appreciate your continuing membership and loyal support. The Variety Co-op remains fully committed to resuming full time operation in our Midway City location. We have maintained our lease for the premises for this very purpose.
The process of resuming our regular operation may be costly and lengthy, but we believe that it is extremely important that all the patient members of The Variety Co-op should once again have safe and legal access to the highest quality medicine. We will not stop fighting to resume full time operations no matter how long it takes.
-TV Co-op Staff
Posted on January 7th, 2012 No comments
Posted on January 5th, 2012 No comments
The Variety Co-op will be CLOSED every Wednesday until further notice.
Operating hours are:
11 AM – 7 PM Daily (Thursday – Tuesday)
Posted on December 24th, 2011 No comments
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Posted on December 21st, 2011 No comments
Posted on May 24th, 2011 No comments
To all TV members,
We would like to thank you for your continued support through this time and again apologize for lack of updates. Your voices are unquestionably being heard and we are without a doubt progressing in our goal to once again provide safe and legal access to patients in Orange County. This process has been lengthy and difficult due to the number of illegal facilities that continue to operate during this time. Supporting these illegal facilities will only encourage more raids from the county and make it more challenging to re-establish permanent and safe access to medical marijuana in Orange County. There is much confidence that The Variety Co-op will reopen its doors very soon. We have created an e-mail list for members who wish to be alerted with our reopening.
Until then please continue to check our website for any updates,
The Variety Co-op Staff
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Posted on February 8th, 2011 4 comments
First of all, we would like to thank all of our members who have been contacting the county in support of The Variety Co-op. We apologize for the lack of updates since we have closed. Over the past month, we have been working our hardest to restore legal and safe access to patients living in Orange County. There has been much progress, and with your continued support, we are confident that The Variety Co-op will reopen very soon. Our hopes are to be able to open our doors sometime this month (February). Until we are able to open again, please continue contacting the county and tell them to restore safe legal access to marijuana in Orange County. As of now, Orange County residents and patients do not have a legal facility to access medicinal marijuana; only facilities without permits.
Updates will be posted as we receive them, so keep checking our website for more information.
The Variety Co-op Staff
Posted on January 5th, 2011 4 comments
For those of you who were uninformed, the Orange County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance on December 7th, 2010 calling for the ban of all medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives and cooperatives in unincorporated Orange County. In accordance with the new ordinance, The Variety Co-op will be temporarily closing its doors on January 7th, 2010 until an agreement can be made with the County. For the past two years, The Variety Co-op has worked hard every day to provide a safe, comfortable and compassionate place for the patients in our community to come to for their medicine. The Variety Co-op Staff will continue to make every effort possible to provide this service. We will be working our hardest every day to articulate to the County the importance of local, legal and safe access to medical marijuana and pleading our case to re-open for our patients. The Variety Co-op does not want to operate against the wishes of the Board of Supervisors but will pursue the necessary measures to ensure legal access for the residents of Orange County.
It is very possible we can overcome this ban, but not without the help of all the members of The Variety Co-op! You are encouraged to contact your local District Supervisor. Please let them know the positive ways in which medical marijuana has benefitted your life and how much safe and legal access to your medication, as promised in Proposition 215 & SB 420, means to you. You can reach the office of your local Supervisor either by phone, fax or email. Their contact information is below:
Supervisor John Moorlach
Serving: Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Stanton and Cypress
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org & John.Moorlach@ocgov.com
Supervisor Janet Nguyen
Serving: Midway City, Westminster, Santa Ana, and Garden Grove
Supervisor Bill Campbell
Serving: Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and Brea
Supervisor Shawn Nelson
Serving: Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, and Placentia
Supervisor Pat Bates
Serving: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano
Please be sure to contact your local Supervisor and/or Supervisor Janet Nguyen (The Variety Co-op’s local Supervisor) as many times as you can to let them know the importance of safe and legal medical and those who provide it.
ALSO, The Variety Co-op will be creating a mailing list for constant updates on our current situation. Until then, be sure to check our website frequently for updates.
Thank you to all our members for your support,
The Variety Co-op Staff