Auburn pot collective’s court wrangle with city delayed again

By: Journal Staff Report
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Auburn pot collective’s court wrangle with city delayed again A medical marijuana collective’s day in court to argue against a city of Auburn attempt to permanently close its downtown dispensary has been put on hold for a second week. Judge Colleen Nichols was to have considered the city’s request for a preliminary injunction against the Sierra Patient and Caregiver Exchange but pushed back a scheduled hearing Tuesday morning at Roseville’s Bill Santucci Justice Center for another week. Nichols had already delayed the hearing from Aug. 9. The exchange, located at 750 Lincoln Way, opened in the spring and closed its doors last month after city attorneys were granted a temporary restraining order from Placer County Superior Court. The city has banned dispensaries anywhere in Auburn since 2006 – 10 years after California voters approved medicinal marijuana possession, growing and sales. While collectives have sprung up in the area, including one in Colfax and several in the Sacramento area, the Sierra Patient and Caregiver Exchange was the first for Auburn. The collective gained a business license using the name S&R Blooms and Blossoms and the city contends that owner Richard Miller indicated on his license application that the business was a “variety store; florist shop.” Miller said there was no category on the license application that could be marked for marijuana dispensary and the area at the front of the Lincoln Way location does sell flowers and artwork.