Marijuana Suit Threat Ebbs
June 13, 2005
The ACLU threatened to sue, saying doctors have a constitutional right to discuss the issue of medical marijuana with patients and recommend its use.
The ACLU gave Kubo a deadline of tomorrow to formally retract the statement or face a lawsuit but said yesterday it was satisfied with comments he made Friday clarifying that doctors who merely certify patients to use medical marijuana would not be prosecuted.
Doctors could face charges, Kubo said, if they are found to be part of a larger distribution network or drug conspiracy.
There was no immediate response from Kubo's office yesterday.
Lois Perrin, the ACLU's legal director in Hawaii, said Kubo's most recent statements 'effectively retracted his threats to arrest and prosecute doctors merely for certifying marijuana use as allowed under Hawaii law.'
She said the ACLU would not file any lawsuit at this time. 'However, the ACLU remains committed to addressing potential threats against doctors for exercising their constitutional rights.'