Mobile Marijuana Dispensary Forced Out Of Commission

Norco, CA – An RV used as a dispensary for medical marijuana has been temporarily forced out of operation by Norco authorities, who say the weed wagon violates city laws banning distribution of the drug.

The 1985 Pace Arrow motor home was converted into a mobile pot shop by Stewart Hauptman and his wife Helen in an effort to help those who have been approved for medicinal marijuana use. Since it was opened in October, the Lakeview Collective has been offering easy grass access to about 700 people in Southern California. The Hauptmans often parked the RV outside a Norco clinic where patients were evaluated for medical marijuana use, allowing them to quickly fill their prescriptions.

Marijuana was legalized for medical use in California in 1996, but state appeals courts are still deliberating whether individual cities should have the right to ban distribution. Police in Norco – which prohibits all marijuana distribution – have cited Hauptman and Cherry for possession and distribution.

The couple maintains that their appetizing spread of cookies, brownies, pretzels, and other medicinally-enhanced products is legal, and that most of their clientele are elderly and deserve the humanitarian service provided by the Hauptmans. Norco officials, however, contend that a much younger crowd frequents their establishment.

“We’ll take whatever proper legal action is needed to get them to cease,” said city attorney John Harper.

A hearing is scheduled for June 1 in Riverside County Superior Court to determine whether the couple’s business should be permanently closed. In the meantime, the Hauptmans are using a truck to make the rounds to clients’ houses.

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