Prosecutor asks judge to limit court filings by medical-marijuana advocates in controversial case in Grand Rapids
January 27, 2011
John Agar, Grand Rapids PressA 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
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.