Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a San Francisco group's challenge Monday to the federal government's refusal to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana, leaving intact the government's classification of the drug as a dangerous substance with no legitimate uses.
David Downs, East Bay Express
If you're a medical marijuana patient, and you are in the middle of a nasty divorce, and you live in a cultural backwater like Michigan or inland California - beware. Government workers will seize your kids over your lawful medical cannabis use, and it'll be a long fight to get them back.
Josh Crank, Lawyers.com
Medical marijuana dispensaries have been raided and shuttered with such regularity in recent years that they spark only the occasional protest. But when Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services took 6-month-old Brielle “Bree” Green from her parents because her mother is a medical marijuana caregiver, activists sprang into action.
Xochitl Peña, The Desert Sun
The city’s medical marijuana ordinance may be amended to require cannabis quality testing before the pot is dispensed to patients — a mandate that could be the only one in California, according to city leaders and medical marijuana advocates.
Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle
With federal authorities demanding more oversight of California's medicinal marijuana dispensaries, the state Legislature is again trying to create order where there has been chaos.
Liana Aghajanian, New America Media
Those who stand to benefit most from medical marijuana have the hardest time getting it.
Matthew Renda, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Paperwork has been filed to force Nevada County to hold a special election that will ask voters to decide the substance of its medical marijuana ordinance enacted last year.
Patricia Smith, president of the Nevada County chapter of Americans for Safe Access, has repeatedly asserted that last May’s county-approved cultivation ordinance is a de facto ban on collective cultivation of the medicinal plant and presents other problems for patients who need the medicine to allay various ailments.
Phillip Smith, Drug War Chronicle
California medical marijuana dispensaries -- and their patients -- are under a sustained, two-pronged attack, and that is having a dramatic impact on patient access across the state. Under pressure from the federal government on one hand and newly-emboldened local officials on the other, dispensary numbers are shrinking and ever larger swathes of the state that legalized medical marijuana nearly 17 years ago are without anywhere to get medical marijuana.