Pot group sues to stop DMV from revoking licenses

November 18, 2008

Associated Press, Sacramento Bee

A medical marijuana advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Motor Vehicles for revoking the driver's license of a woman because of her status as a medical pot patient.

Americans for Safe Access sued the department on behalf of 53-year-old Rose Johnson. Her attorneys say she has had a clean driving record for 37 years. The suit claims the DMV refused to renew her license in July because of her status as a medical marijuana patient.

Attorney Joe Elford said the DMV can't "simply disregard" the state's medical marijuana law. His group asserts that similar situations have occurred in at least eight counties.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Merced Superior Court. DMV spokeswoman Jan Mendoza declined to comment on pending litigation.

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