Santa Cruz officials shut down medical marijuana cooperative

April 04, 2005


SANTA CRUZ, Calif. A medical marijuana cooperative that opened six weeks ago in Santa Cruz has been shut down by city officials.

The Planning Department shut down Pacific Coast Cooperative because officials say the cooperative violated zoning laws by allowing medical marijuana patients to sell and trade marijuana.

The cooperative was closed Friday but could reopen if its operators work out a deal with the city to stay downtown.

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996 when voters approved Proposition 215.

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