A new medical marijuana dispensary is open in Fresno, but police say they plan to move quickly to shut it down.
The California Herbal Relief Center near Ashlan and Willow avenues doesn't have a sign and relies on a doorman to allow entrance to the business. Once inside, workers are quick to ask visitors if they have a medical marijuana card. A worker who did not identify himself said that the business can operate in spite of a city ordinance against dispensaries because "of a loophole" in the city code. He did not specify what the loophole was before asking a reporter to leave.
Lt. David Newton of the Fresno Police Department, disputed the claim of a loophole and said the department has "hand delivered a note that he needs to stop doing what he is doing."
Newton said it is a common tactic for dispensary operators to cite a positive court decision received by a dispensary anywhere in the state as applying everywhere else.
"I am not aware of any decision that would allow it," he said.
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