March 21, 2010
Walnut Creek's medical marijuana to close Monday
Brian Hyman is giving up the fight to keep open Walnut Creek's controversial medical marijuana dispensary. The CEO of C3 Collective said that he'll close his Oakland Boulevard business Monday, a month after a Superior Court judge ordered the dispensary to close by Tuesday or face contempt-of-court charges.
C3 Collective opened in August, but it has been a bumpy ride to say the least. While the business, which claimed it offered legitimate, legal services only to people with medical marijuana prescriptions, the city immediately moved to close it down. The city, which is still studying the issue of whether it wants to allow any kind of medical marijuan dispensary within its borders, said the collective violated city zoning laws and slapped it with a $500-a-day fine.
Hyman talked about how he did the meet-and-greet with city, business and police officials--to support him staying open. The collective went so far as to join the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, a move that accorded it this ribbon-cutting welcome by chamber representatives (Hyman is more optimistic times, back in October, when he hosted Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce members at its ribbon-cutting opening.)
Finally, the judge agreed with the city and ordered the collective closed. Hyman says he will fight the penalties, which have accumulated to more than $60,000.