Five New Marijuana Dispensaries Open in Eagle Rock

Don’t be fooled by their ‘granola’ signs or officious-looking certificates.

When the City Council reviews a “gentle ban” on medical marijuana proposed by Council Member José Huizar—a discussion by the full Council was scheduled Friday but has been postponed—five new marijuana dispensaries in Eagle Rock will likely figure in the debate.

According to President Michael Larsen, who, along with President Bob Gotham, was scheduled to make a presentation before the City Council in support of Huizar’s proposal, the latest medical marijuana facilities to set up shop in Eagle Rock are:

Together For Change (click here to read our story about this Colorado Boulevard facility’s recent opening).

So Cal Herbal Care, 4344 Eagle Rock Blvd.

ER Wellness Group, 4682 York Blvd.

Elixir of Life Collective, 4515 York Blvd.

Colorado Quality Pain Relief Inc., 4740 Eagle Rock Blvd.

The opening of these facilities raises to 15 the total number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Eagle Rock, according to Larsen, who says he noticed them while driving around and then double-checked them either by going in or calling.

“The City does not track openings and closings” of medical marijuana dispensaries, explains Larsen, adding: “They rely on community members to do that.”

Larsen spotted something interesting about Colorado Quality Pain Relief Inc. “They have all these very ‘official’ permits prominently displayed as you walk in—a business tax registration certificate, tobacco sales certificate, sales tax certificate—as if these somehow point to their legitimacy.” Adds Larsen: “The only problem is that there is no permit for MMDs and all of their documents are for a different address.”

Another curious thing about some of the new marijuana dispensaries, including Colorado Quality Pain Relief Inc., is that their storefronts have no name. Some of them have signs that are bland and uninviting (see photos). Others feature fairly artistic signs. Featuring motifs borrowed from the Hindu faith, the sign for Colorado Quality Pain Relief, for example, gives the impression that it might be a yoga studio.

Marijuana Database at Cal State Northridge

The Los Angeles Times recently featured a fascinating article in which Steven Graves, a geography professor at Cal State Northridge, teamed up with his students to create a database of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles.

Built painstakingly over the past several years, the database documents the buildings, signs and parking lots of marijuana facilities, dividing them into four distinct groups—“ones that project the image of mainstream medical providers; ones that project a holistic ‘granola’ vibe; ones that look like bunkers and appear to want to go unnoticed; and ones that make a clear appeal to ‘stoners,’ casting themselves as dispensing recreation rather than medicine,” according to Graves, who authored the Times article.

None of the medical marijuana facilities in Eagle Rock per se are featured in the Times article, although Organic Healing Center, a dispensary in Glassell Park, did make it into the article.

Organic Healing Center falls into Graves’ “granola” category—and we think Colorado Quality Pain Relief Inc., among a few other dispensaries in Eagle Rock, belongs squarely in the same group.

Click here to view photos from the database, featured in the Times story.

Marcus June 29, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I've just checked out the video Tim, and not sure why you are making a big deal of the incident? The website states that Karen Foshay was unprofessional and disrespectful? Please explain. What's under hand? I really don't see Michael Larsen being intimidating, aggressive to employees etc. Please elaborate. I watched the video but found the write up explaining the video misleading. At what point does ML stick the camera in an employees face? I didn't see that. At what point is a woman in danger? I didn't see that. Yes, at 00:57 a woman and child do pass by the group filming, but they aren't in danger. Just a person walking by some people on the sidewalk like we all do. She wasn't pushed, forced into oncoming traffic or in any danger. The website description just is wrong. In fact, then at 2:20 an employee in black exits the MMD who then confronts the camera guy and holds his camera lens. It looks like he is trying to stop filming. He has no right to stop filming. They are in a public place. That's the law. The only people who can stop that are the Police and they can't even stop legitimate news crew filming even if a Police operation if underway. At 02:30 ML starts 'filming' this confrontation, and then about 02:40 a security guy starts flaming ML, and looks like he is taking pictures of each person there. the rest of the video is a collection of people visiting the MMD easily and even a kid on a bicycle passing by quickly on the pavement.
Marcus June 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Now, you may not like ML being interviewed for a news item, but allow him his freedom of speech. If the ERNC came out to stop you being interviewed, they would be in the wrong, and I would write the same observation. You want to get the average Eagle Rocker on your side? Stop this petty behavior. I believe you and Michael Larsen have bigger problems to solve together rather than waste time with videos like these.
Michael Larsen June 30, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I'm glad that Tim's friends at The House of Kush on Colorado, next to the Black Boar, gave him. It's a great "behind the scenes" look at the story aired on KCET last year which can be viewed here http://www.kcet.org/shows/socal_connected/content/politics/reefer-madness-11021020112.html Tim's video, together with the KCET program gives you a great sense of the character of "dispensaries" like The House of Kush and it's management. I encourage EVERYONE to view both of these videos.
EagleRockMom June 30, 2012 at 03:50 AM
@Tim Ryder Ummm... Where is the evidence of harrassment? You essentially sensationalized a video of a camera crew doing nothing illegal. The reaction of the dispensery folks is what is questionable. You should consider rewriting your summary ASAP.
EagleRockMom June 30, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I've watched both videos and I am glad. Thank you, Mr. Larsen for eloquently voicing the concerns of Eagle Rockers on this issue. And I also thank Tim Ryder for proving that we are being respectful and peaceful in our work to rid this community of dispensaries.
AFG June 30, 2012 at 04:32 AM
If this is "medical" marijuana then "cash only" seems questionable. If these people are "sick" and in need of medication then they should be allowed to charge, debit, etc. just like for all other medication. To me "cash only" seems shady. It seems like an attempt to evade federal income tax. If all other stores/shops have to have acceptable accounting then why should MMD's seek to have unique rules just for them? I also think that the woman who actually did play by the rules should be exempt from being obligated to participate in the lottery.
EagleRockMom June 30, 2012 at 01:40 PM
For those of you that missed Din's response (he must've removed it), he is nit an Eagle Rock resident and he specifically comes here to freely purchasie marijuana at various collectives. While I hope he is one of a few non-patients doing this, I find this disturbing. These dispensaries are not just selling pot to the ill, and that anyone with cash can go to one of these places and go on a shopping spree. Check the AEC parking lot or Kush storefront footage in the video links that Tim Ryder and Michael Larsen posted below. Those places are hopping with lots of people, many of whom don't appear sick. Plus, these dispensaries have security guards to solely protect their interests. Once patrons leave and head onto residential streets to party, people like me are having to deal with the loitering that ensues.
Marcus June 30, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Interesting to see the broadcast video. I do think the city response is poor. The item doesn't really explain the legal problems in detail. Now I'm waiting to hear the Pro pot lobby's response.
Michael Larsen June 30, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Marcus, keep in mind these stories are from over a year ago. This is when we were hopeful the new City Ordinance would be put in place. It never happened. Stores like House of Kush and AEC sued to tie up the process and delay any kind of regulation that would have shut them down. We are back to worse than legal limbo.
joyce hong June 30, 2012 at 08:49 PM
It is actually because many banks refuse to work with the dispensaries which is the reason for this.
joyce hong June 30, 2012 at 08:54 PM
It is really a shame that the dispensaries did not have a say in creating the ordinance. It was so poorly written that it violated the rights of patients and was deemed unconstitutional.
Michael Larsen June 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Which is because banks are federally regulated and the stores are violating federal law. Quite a conundrum.
Michael Larsen June 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The dispensaries and pot advocates had more than their fair share of say. I was at just about every public meeting on the issue and the pot folks outnumbered the communities by about 100-1. I guess the majority of City Councilmembers just saw through the whitewash that POT INC was attempting. Certain parts of the ordinance were struck down by trial judges, others were upheld. This is why we need to wipe the slate clean and wait for the CA Supreme Court to make the rules clear going forward. We had a very significant move from the Supreme Court yesterday. It seems that they agree with the City that the sale of marijuana, as in at the pot stores, is illegal, and not covered by the CA medical marijuana laws.
joyce hong June 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Cannabis needs to be rescheduled before this can happen. I believe that this will happen as it is only a matter of time. Cannabis was only made illegal for for financial and political reasons, not due to health or safety reasons.
Gary July 02, 2012 at 06:24 AM
@ERM, he didn't say he didn't have a doctor's rec or isn't a patient, though at first bluish it did seem that way... just that he uses recreationally. He just answered a different part of the question... din's answer... "I do. I recently bought a $300 piece of local art on Eagle Rock Blvd (can scan receipt if needed) after visiting a dispensary (yes perfectly sober). I honestly cannot tell you especially with gas prices how much I try to make me drives efficient and since my collectives are in Eagle Rock I do my shopping in the area to lessen multiple drives. Needless to say I have spent thousands of non-medication money on the local community it's simply I looked like every other Joe so people like yourself never see it."
ezio giraldo July 02, 2012 at 06:50 AM
if u spent $300 on some thing called art in highland park or eagle rock. YOU ARE STONED
Tim Ryder July 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The surveillance video I published on the Patch was to prove to the good people of Eagle Rock that the only ones creating a nuisance in our community are the hysterical Prohibition Crusaders like Michael Larsen and his paparazzi lapdogs. The video also clearly shows that our little angel, Jose Huizar, is lying when he says he is 'protecting' us from these harmless collectives when you can see mothers with their babies calmly walking past with no problem. The video also shows not an inkling of Crime which proves once again that this Prohibitionist theory is just the usual fear-mongering nonsense as usual. You can view the video at www.CCUWC.org if you want see Mr. Larsen harassing our local collectives again.
Tim Ryder July 02, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I published this surveillance video as pure and unadulterated evidence to show that the only people causing a medical marijuana nuisance in Eagle Rock are Michael Larsen and his prohibition crusaders. Look at the video again "Marcus" (why aren't prohibition crusaders brave enough to put their last names?) and you'll see an idyllic and peaceful sidewalk, a calm and happy Eagle Rock scene with mothers strolling by with their babies where all is cool until Mr. Larsen and his paparazzi team block the sidewalk and start harassing people. You can clearly see the cameraman advancing towards the employee with the big TV camera on his shoulder which is an assault and guess what, the employee had a right to defend himself as I'm quite sure you would have done in the same situation. If you can't clearly see this then you are truly living in a different dimension and like prohibitionists all over, refuse to see Reality.
Tim Ryder July 02, 2012 at 06:24 PM
@EagleRockMom Ummm I refuse respond to prohibition crusaders who cowardly choose to remain anonymous in this discussion. How do I know for sure that you a 'mom' or even a female? Are you really an EagleRocker? Seriously, just use you real name and stop being such a wimp, God!
Marcus July 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Tim Ryder seems to be the only representative from the Pro Pot lobby here. I would like to hear other voices from the Pro Pot lobby, not just patients, but those who run the various MMDs around Eagle rock. What are your feelings here? As for the video Tim, you have to realize that someone who calls you on your statement isn't necessarily a 'prohibition' supporter. You should read my previous post to see where I stand in this debate and you might just find I am one of those regular Eagle Rockers. I watched that video, and did not find fault with the news crew at all. I support their right to free speech. I also support your right to free speech as well. If they had caused a breach, I would be the first to support you. I'm sure that seems fair yes? Now, a camera man making two steps forward is not an assault. But an employee grabbing a camera lens seems like one. All in all, the video seems to be old news. What's more important that communities have a say in how they see MMDs in the future. I don't believe its an easy solution since both sides are polarized right now.
EagleRockMom July 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I have previously addressed the non-related issue of my user name. I do it for safety and privacy reasons. Peruse the posts above and you will find my explanation. I do not have to prove anything to you so that you and your cronies can potentially harrass me and my family for standing true to our feelings on the proliferation of MMDs in Eagle Rock. Your tendency to sensationalize a video that shows a camera crew getting some footage gives me pause. They did nothing but conduct an interview on a public street and the Kush folks got their panties in a bunch. Kush employees even went so far as to physically intimidate the crew from filming. You need to check yourself and your friends for your weak attempts at bullying. Kush does not own the sidewalk, and none of the patrons were harassed. As for the woman with the stroller, she was making a beeline out of that situation. Tim Ryder (if that is your real name), you need to stop being paranoid and get back in touch with reality. I feel really sorry for you and I think you should consult a physician in order to get your hallucinations under control.
EagleRockMom July 02, 2012 at 07:39 PM
And get some help with that paranoia. You're positively jumping at shadows.
EagleRockMom July 02, 2012 at 07:49 PM
@"Tim Ryder" Your attempts to silence any opposition are not working. Any time someone questions the validity of anything you post, you get so hostile. If you are truly an Eagle Rocker you would know that you are discussing the issue of MMDs with your neighbors and you should be more respectful. Honestly, no one from the pro-pot group has stepped up to defend the Kush footage because you're out of gas. There is no evidence of any kind of wrong doing. A camera man taking a step or two forward to get a better shot is a sign of aggression? Surely you are kidding or that pot use is making you a little paranoid.
jawbreaker July 02, 2012 at 09:23 PM
To everyone complaining about stoners getting high near your homes, etc., I'd bet that even if ER were to abolish all MMDs, these people would get their weed one way or another and still end up in front of your house. That whole argument has nothing to do with where a MMD is located or how many there are in Eagle Rock at any given time. I understand that it's a nuisance and really, these people SHOULD be consuming it in the privacy of their own homes, but FFS, lighten up a little bit. It's not like they're shooting heroin near your kids or getting so wasted that they're actually a _threat_. So some stoners found a "good spot" to smoke pot.. if this happens in front of your home, call the cops. I guarantee anyone with half a brain (even a marijuana-addled brain) won't come back to that spot if they know what's good for them. And to the person who claims to have almost been run over by some "stoned punk", all I can say is...really? Did you track that person down to verify that they were in fact stoned or even a teenager? If they were driving fast and carelessly enough to almost run you down, chances are you didn't get a good enough look (or a whiff of whatever they may or may not have been smoking). Please. Save the exaggeration for something more pressing. There are FAR more important issues to be dealt with in ER than one's personal beliefs being compromised by another's right to medicinal treatment.
EagleRockMom July 03, 2012 at 12:46 AM
@jawbreaker You make some interesting points but you close by saying, "There are FAR more important issues to be dealt with in ER than one's personal beliefs being compromised by another's right to medicinal treatment." No one is slamming legitimate patients who use medical marijuana in order to manage their health issues. If anything, people here generally support patients having access to safe product. I agree that stoners will find a way to get weed and get high, regardless of the presence of MMDs. However, I have noticed an increase in the amount of public smoking on residential streets over the past few years. Coincidence? I don't think so. There are people on this thread who admit they are not patients in need of medicinal marijuana and they frequent ER dispenseries. That is a problem for those of us who don't want to live in a community that is overrun by drugs of any kind. To have dispenseries freely selling marijuana with zero regulation is wrong and dangerous.
AFG July 03, 2012 at 04:25 AM
@jawbreaker: Why is it that every proponent of marijuana has to diminish the legitimate experiences of a person pestered/endangered by a marijuana smoker? It seems like there are those who just cannot say that that person was wrong or stupid if he was a MMJ smoker? Why? Didn't the guy say he saw him smoking? Of course it was MJ. When it's your life nearly endangered or that of someone you care about then there may not be FAR more important issues. If people are toking up in the neighborhood in their car then they are driving away from there, right? Under no circumstances is that acceptable! MMJ dispensaries for legitimate patients are not in question, it's the others that just need to get high that are the community's problem.
ezio giraldo July 03, 2012 at 04:24 PM
@jawbreaker. when these thugs start making your life miserable in one way or another you will see our point. i know a scumbag kid when i see one. i also know when some ones high when i se it.....and thats all you will see all day at a cannabis club. if some one in your family could be a victim of some stoned idiots negligence im sure you would find this matter more PRESSING. now i wsh i would have got hit. a police report would have been files and a marijuana influenced driver ina motor vehicle accident in eagle rock would have been documented and that would have got the ball rolling with law enforcement. i know you dont care about any one elses experiences with these people but you probly dont know your ass from a hole in the ground in the first place
Joan Stevens July 09, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Than you have no right to complain. You say it causes upset but you are unwilling to do the very thing that will make a difference.
jawbreaker July 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Hey ezio, I'd love to meet you in person. I'll try to stop shooting heroin* long enough to go get coffee with you and talk about this like adults. *Stop being so uptight. Productive members of society can use drugs and function, believe it or not.
AFG July 12, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Jawbreaker, does that include driving? He'a uptight why? Because he almost got run down?


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