Prosecutor asks judge to limit court filings by medical-marijuana advocates in controversial case in Grand Rapids

January 27, 2011

John Agar, Grand Rapids Press

A federal prosecutor said today that two medical-marijuana advocacy groups should not be allowed to file briefs in a case in which the federal government is seeking state-held medical-marijuana records.

Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs first filed paperwork asking to intervene in the case, which delayed an effort to enforce a Drug Enforcement Administration subpoena for records of seven people on the registry who are under investigation in a drug case.
Cannabis Patients United and Americans for Safe Access

ssf/2011/01/medical-marijuana_advocates_ch.html'> have since asked to be allowed to file briefs to argue against the federal government obtaining medical-marijuana information.

The agencies said they acted after state Attorney General Bill Schuette, an opponent of medical-marijuana, said the state would hand over records upon a judge's order.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bruha, in a five-page brief filed today, said the three organizations essentially make the same arguments. He said that the law requires a judge to determine if information offered by non-parties is “'timely, useful or otherwise necessary to the administration of justice.'”

“Here, CPU is urging the court to 'stay the proceedings and allow a full opportunity for the controversies at issue in this case to be addressed,'” Bruha said. “In addition to further delaying this proceeding, that would encourage even more intervenors … . This proceeding has already been unduly delayed as it is.”

A hearing is Tuesday in U.S. District Court.



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