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What are your California Dispensary Menu Prices?

Our pre-ICO Collective offers medical marijuana strains to suit every patient’s budget. Our top shelf caps at $45 per 1/8th for full members or $50 per 1/8th for temporary patients on the free 6 month trial program. Middle shelf donation prices range from $40 per eighth to $30 per eighth depending on the quality. We also offer value options, such as shake for $20 per 1/8th while supplies last. Hubbies edibles prices are $10 per bar and our house edibles are $5 per package.

What is the Latest News on Proposition D and Pre-ICO Dispensaries in Los Angeles?

According to the latest update from the Daily News, Measure D is facing legal challenges from several cannabis collectives. We do not know what took place during the City Council meeting mentioned in the Daily News article, but we will keep you informed as details come to light. We are thankful to be included in the list of eligible dispensaries under Prop D, and look forward to working with the city. One Love!

New Membership Special! No fee 4/18 & 4/19!

Hello, patients! We at Humboldt Relief want everyone to be able to participate in our epic 4/20 celebration, but we also need to maintain some semblance of order. For this reason, we will not be accepting new members on 4/20/11. Alternatively, new members are encouraged to join on either 4/18 or 4/19! We’re waving the $25 membership fee for those joining on either date. So, let’s recap: no membership fee on 4/18 or 4/19; no new members period on 4/20. Please adjust your schedules accordingly as there will be no exceptions. One Love!

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City Attorney Orders Closure of 200 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Hello, patients! The Los Angeles City Attorney ordered another group of 200 medical marijuana facilities to close. Read the updated list of collective status in a Los Angeles Times article here. As you can see, Humboldt Relief remains permissible in the eyes of city officials. We feel fortunate to be able to continue to serve your medical needs and value your continued support. One Love!

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Medical Marijuana News: Measure M Passes

According to this information from the LA Weekly, Measure M will pass by a wide margin. Additionally, medical marijuana enemy Bernard Parks will remain on the Los Angeles City Council. Mitchell Englander won Greig Smith’s old seat representing the 12 District of Los Angeles, which includes Humboldt Relief’s home in Reseda. Englander is expected to be as unfriendly towards our community as his predecessor.

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Medical Marijuana News: Lottery Time?

Hello, patients! Here’s the latest news regarding the future of Humboldt Relief, and every other collective in Los Angeles:

229 medical marijuana dispensaries make deadline for L.A.’s lottery to see which can stay open legally

February 24, 2011 |  6:03 pm

In hopes of becoming legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, 229 applicants filed by the Feb. 18 deadline to participate in a lottery that will select 100.

This is the city’s second attempt to find a way to separate legal from illegal dispensaries. The first relied on an expired ordinance and was ruled unconstitutional by a judge.

The city clerk’s office released the number of applicants Thursday but declined to provide any information on them. The city attorney’s office is deciding whether the information can be made public, noting that some dispensaries have threatened to sue to challenge the selection process.

The lottery is another small step in the city’s fraught attempts to reduce the number of dispensaries, which had exploded into the hundreds.

Holly L. Wolcott, the clerk’s executive officer, said it’s unclear when the lottery will be held. The office must first review the eight-page applications to determine whether the collectives meet the criteria to be included in the drawing.

Among other requirements, the collectives had to submit at least three documents proving they have been in business since Sept. 14, 2007, and must have at least one of the same operators since that time. City officials have said they believe that fewer than 135 collectives can meet the requirements.

High Ho, High Ho, Into the Lottery We Go!!!!!!!

Wish us luck; we’re going to need it. One Love!

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Medical Marijuana News: More on Measure M

Hello, patients! The following is an interesting article concerning Measure M. There’s not a lot of new information here, but the quotes from City Councilmembers Ed Reyes and Richard Alarcon illuminate this issue from a different angle. Check it out:

Coalition opposes ballot measure to tax medical marijuana

A coalition of medical marijuana dispensary operators, patients and caregivers vowed Tuesday to oppose a March 8 ballot measure seeking to tax those distributing the drug.

Measure M — if approved by voters — would allow the city of Los Angeles to collect $50 out of every $1,000 in dispensaries’ gross receipts.

Proponents estimated the tax could raise up to $10 million, but Americans For Safe Access spokesman Kris Hermes warned it would cause suffering among medical marijuana patients.

“Measure M would impose an additional 5 percent tax on the medication that patients in the city of Los Angeles would have to pay,” he said. “That’s on top of the sales tax, which is nearly 10 percent in Los Angeles, that they already pay.”

“The medical marijuana that is sold in Southern California is fairly expensive — in some cases prohibitively expensive — for medical marijuana patients, especially those folks that are on low income or fixed income,” he added. “To have to pay nearly 15 percent on top of that is very burdensome.”

Hermes said an eighth of an ounce of medical marijuana typically costs $40-$60, and certain high quality varieties are even more expensive.

Another group, the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance, vowed to oppose the measure because the City Council intends to use a lottery to decide which dispensaries can continue operating in their current locations.

“The Los Angeles City Council is using a lottery, rather than selecting the oldest facilities with clean operating records and allowing them to serve the patient community,” stated Yamileth Bolanes, president of the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance. “To demand patients to pay a tax, which would them be used to gamble away patient safety, is simply unacceptable.”

The coalition opposing Measure M has a website at http://www.notaxonmedicine.org. They plan to hold events around the city to talk to voters about the tax and the lottery.

The council amended its medical marijuana ordinance last month, after a judge ruled certain aspect  unconstitutional. The vote legitimized dispensaries that opened on or before Sept. 14, 2007, and banned the rest. To break up clusters of dispensaries, they decided to select only 100 of them to undergo inspections, and then hold a lottery to determine their order on a “priority list.” Those at the top of the list will get the first pick of locations.

Councilman Ed Reyes defended the lottery system, saying “it is in place because a judge requires us to have a legal process that doesn’t show the kind of favoritism that he felt was in place before.”

“It’s unfortunate because we have a `Catch 22,”’ he added. “If we don’t have Measure M, we won’t have enough resources to do the kind of enforcement, and checking that could probably allow us to change to change the lottery system into some more pragmatic and more rewarding to individuals who own these facilities and are doing it for the right reasons.”

Councilman Richard Alarcon said dispensaries should pay the tax.

“We all have different opinions about things that they sell, but then a lot of us have problems with other kinds of legalized establishments who get taxed,” he said. “All this measure does is say that if you are a legitimately operating business in Los Angeles, you should be taxed as well.”

There are hundreds of dispensaries across Los Angeles, but only nonprofit organizations whose members cultivate marijuana for medical purposes are considered legal.

Los Angeles would not be the first city to tax pot.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who proposed the ballot measure, said San Jose and La Puente charge $100 per $1,000 in gross receipts; Oakland and Richmond, charge $50; Sacramento, $40; and Berkeley, $25. Long Beach is considering a tax of $50.


Here are Humboldt Relief, we don’t take kindly to the city’s attempt to use our patients as a bargaining chip to determine the future of our medical marijuana collective. We cannot support this measure based on the council’s word alone; we’ve entrusted them before only to feel the sting of betrayal. Should Measure M pass, the tax will likely stand in conjunction with the lottery. $10 million will not fix the city’s enforcement problem, so there must be an alternative explanation for this initiative.

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Medical Marijuana News: Vote No on Measure M!

Hello, patients! I originally posted this information on WeedTRACKER, but I’m publishing it here as well. Every patient needs to stay informed about these matters as they directly impact our lives. The following is a brief analysis of Measure M, which will be up for voter approval on March 8th, 2011. We need everyone’s support on this one, so please mark your calendars!


In case you haven’t heard, there’s another MMJ related proposition on the March 8th ballot. This one’s straight outta bizarreo world because the prohibitionists are against it whereas several of our supposed allies are in favor.


True, this makes for some strange bedfellows. But after reading over the entire proposal, I’ve concluded that Measure M should go down in flames. Allow me to explain my rationale.

Here’s the relevant text verbatim: “In order to fund general municipal services, including but not limited to such matters as police protection and crime suppression services, fire prevention and suppression services, park and recreation facilities, and general improvements throughout the City, shall a tax be authorized on marijuana collectives of $50 per $1000 of gross receipts recognizing that the sale of marijuana is illegal?”

I take issue with the highlighted portion. This basically means that the city wants to collect revenue from activities that they consider illegal. The pro arguments state that MMJ dispensaries need to pay our fair share. If that’s what they want, then they need to recognize our right to operate legally under state law. Legal scholars have already made the obvious parallel between this statute and the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which was declared an unconstitutional violation of the 5th Amendment in Leary v United States (1969). Yes, that Leary.

Proponents further insist that the city is regulating collectives. This is blatantly false. The city is in the midst of the regulatory process and none of the Pre-ICOs have been given the full green light to operate at this time. I suggest the city finish what they started before attempting to impose a tax on our community.

I have nothing against taxation in theory. We will likely end up paying a similar tax in the future, after the whole regulatory mess gets straightened out. Until then, there’s no way in hell I’m giving the city an extra dime.


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