Medical Marijuana Advocates Protest U.S. Attorney General Holder's Speech in Berkeley - Americans for Safe Access
Berkeley, CA -- As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a commencement speech this morning for UC Berkeley law school graduates, a plane flew overhead with a banner that read "Holder: End Rx Cannabis War. #Peace4Patients," in protest against recent actions by the Justice Department (DOJ) in the Bay Area.
Massachusetts Public Health Council Votes to Approve Regulations for Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access
Boston, MA -- The Massachusetts Public Health Council voted today to approve final regulations issued by the Department of Public Health (DPH) for the implementation of the state's first medical marijuana program. Today's approved regulations are the work of weeks of deliberation, during which DPH sought input from medical marijuana patients and other stakeholders, which allowed the patient community to successfully voice its concerns.
DOJ Files Forfeiture Lawsuit Against One of California's Oldest Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - Americans for Safe AccessBerkeley, CA -- One of California's oldest medical marijuana dispensaries, Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), was served with a lawsuit Friday in an attempt to seize the property in which it operates and to ultimately shut the facility down. In the forfeiture complaint, which is similar to one filed against Oakland's Harborside Health Center last July, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag makes no mention of local or state law violations.
California Supreme Court Recognizes Legality of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, But Says Localities May Ban Them - Americans for Safe Access
Sacramento, CA -- The California Supreme Court ruled today in the case City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center that local governments may ban the distribution of medical marijuana and are not preempted by state law by doing so. However, the court also recognized the legality of dispensaries, more than 1,000 of which currently exist and operate throughout the state. More than 50 localities in California officially regulate the distribution of medical marijuana, while nearly 200 cities ban the activity outright. Notably, the court emphasized that, "nothing prevents future efforts by the Legislature, or by the People, to adopt a different approach."
Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Refused Placement in Prison Medical Facility Despite Judge's Recommendation - Americans for Safe Access
Detroit, MI -- Late last week, 53-year-old Michigan medical marijuana patient Jerry Duval received a Justice Department order to surrender to federal authorities on June 11th to begin serving a 10-year prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio. Although Duval is a kidney-pancreas transplant patient with coronary artery disease and a strict medication regimen, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ignored the recommendation of District Judge David M. Lawson at sentencing, that Duval be "placed in a Federal Medical Center or other facility deemed to be appropriate in consideration of the Defendant's medical needs."