Judge orders pot club to close

Buddy's must close by July 7

A judge has granted the city's request for a temporary injunction to close Buddy's Cannabis Patient Collective on Bayshore Parkway, which must now close by 5 p.m. July 7.

"It is a very sad day for the sick and ill in Mountain View," said Matt Lucero, a former corporate attorney who opened the medical marijuana dispensary in April.

The injunction is temporary as the city is also seeking a permanent injunction through more lengthy court proceedings. Lucero has said he is willing to take the fight all the way to the state supreme court.

For now, Lucero said he plans to move the operation to a "bigger and better" undisclosed San Jose location.

There is no other dispensary within a 20-mile radius of the current location of Buddy's, which has gained over 1,000 members after a little over two months of operation, he said.

Mountain View placed a moratorium on dispensaries in March in order to prevent unregulated dispensaries from opening. The City Council is considering regulations that would allow dispensaries like Buddy's to open, possibly sometime next year.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

Is "Buddy's" listed on

OAKLAND — Former University of San Francisco basketball player Hyman Taylor Jr. was fatally shot and a suspected accomplice wounded June 6 by a man they were trying to rob of a large amount of marijuana, police said Monday.

Police are still searching for the man who shot Taylor, 23, and his suspected accomplice, a 27-year-old San Francisco man, along with a woman they believe was with him.

Charged with murder and attempted robbery Monday was Cassidy O'Connor, 20, who is suspected of being a third member of the alleged robbery plot. Though O'Connor is not suspected of shooting anyone, he was charged with murder for allegedly committing a "provocative act."

"That's when you or your accomplice commit an act that causes the intended victim to use deadly force," Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers explained.

Oakland Police Sgt. Tony Jones said Monday the three men had gone on the website, an online medical marijuana marketplace, to find someone willing to sell them a large amount of marijuana.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

That's what they get for trying to go around the process.

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Posted by matt lucero
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Buddy's Cannabis will keep its Mountain View doors open through July 7!! We'll continue accepting new members, and will continue stocking our shelves with premium, high-grade medical cannabis! Please come see our new strains and expanded $55-menu! We're located at 2632 Bayshore Parkway and are open M-F 11-8, Sun 12 -5!!

We'll announce our second location shortly! Thanks for your patience as we move through the court system. I promise that we won't forget you guys!!

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Posted by What?
a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

"...for the sick and ill..."

Same thing.

"For now, Lucero said he plans to move the operation to a 'bigger and better'...location." What, no "nyah-nyah-nyah"?

I just can't take this guy seriously.

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Posted by curious
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Great. So now the City Council is going to spend huge bucks to pay lawyers to pursue this wild goose chase. These clowns spend money like Mtn View has huge surplus instead of huge unfunded liabilities for employee pensions and medical insurance.

Well, I say go to it Mr. Lucero. Stupid should hurt and if Mtn View voters keep electing people like we have now, we deserve to pour money down this rat hole.

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Posted by le dude
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

SALE AT BUDDY'S! Everything must go!

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a resident of Castro City
on Jun 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

If you really cared about your patients who are in need of medicinal marijuana, you would not charge them a dime!!!!! You have all of this money to spend to fight the law, and I'm pretty sure it's not because you want to help sick people.

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There is a correct way to do things in life and then there is the CORRUPT way to do things...

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Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

PeaceLove is a registered user.

Correct headline:

"City of Mountain View uses our tax dollars to punish over 1000 sick and suffering patients."

The people of California voted FOURTEEN YEARS AGO to allow patients to use cannabis medicinally, with Santa Clara County having one of the highest percentages of approval in the entire state. Support nationwide is currently over 70%; in Mountain View, it must be 80-90%. The city should stop trampling on the will of its own constituents and should instead PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF MEDICAL PATIENTS. Is this so difficult to understand?

Re. Matt Lucero's motivations: Mr. Lucero has spent a considerable amount of his own money fighting for the rights of cannabis patients. If he were in this for the money he would not have opened up in Mountain View with the specific intention of taking the city to court over its barbaric treatment of the patients in its midst. Corrupt people don't take principled stands, they avoid them.

Mike: The story about the robbery says nothing about the safety or risks of cannabis dispensaries. Banks get robbed all the time, as do 7/11s, but nobody tries to use this fact as a reason to ban or suppress those businesses. The police chiefs of Los Angeles and San Francisco have both stated outright that the cannabis dispensaries in their cities have NOT been causally linked to any increase in crime. In fact, dispensaries are less likely to be robbed than banks.

Concerns about the potential for robberies do, however, point out how ridiculous and counter-productive are zoning restrictions that force dispensaries into relatively underpopulated industrial zones. That's like forcing a jewelry store to only open in such areas - relatively deserted streets and a business with a lot of cash and valuable merchandise is a recipe for potential problems. Despite that, dispensaries statewide have a remarkable safety record. Cities that allow them and regulate them intelligently all report no special problems.

Dispensaries should be allowed in normal business districts, in well-populated areas. They should be easily accessible by public transportation. That's what's best for patients, and patients should be EVERYONE'S number one priority.

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