ASA in the News

SELF-HELP LAW: California pot laws, Part 2

Posted by · December 11, 2007 7:00 PM

Marc Komer, Willits News (CA)

Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, was enacted by the voters and took effect on November 6, 1996. This law fundamentally changed who can be arrested for possessing marijuana in this state.

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San Mateo County may regulate pot dispensaries

Posted by · September 10, 2007 8:00 PM

Michael Manekin, San Mateo County Times (CA)

Two weeks after the DEA raided three San Mateo medical marijuana dispensaries that the county district attorney said violated state law, the County Counsel's office is preparing guidelines for the distribution of medical marijuana.

A model ordinance which the county and cities could adopt to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana would be good government, said San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill.

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Counties, cities set their own marijuana limits

Posted by · July 31, 2007 8:00 PM

Paul Boerger, Mt. Shasta News (CA)

It hasn't happened in Siskiyou County yet, but elected officials in other California counties and cities have passed ordinances governing how many marijuana plants and how much processed plant a legitimate user of medical marijuana may possess at one time.

Such ordinances are provided for in Senate Bill 420, which also mandates that counties create a medical marijuana identification card system for the purposes of confirming that the holder is a legitimate user. Siskiyou County has yet to take that step, as well.

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Planners oppose marijuana dispensaries

Posted by · June 19, 2007 8:00 PM

, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA)

FONTANA - The city Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend that the city ban medical-marijuana dispensaries as a land use.

Other area cities, including Yucaipa, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont and Pomona, have taken temporary measures to block dispensaries. Medical marijuana has been prohibited in Grand Terrace, Upland, Montclair and Ontario.

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U.S. Judges Kill the Ninth Amendment

Posted by · March 18, 2007 8:00 PM

Fred E. Foldvary, Editorial, The Progress Report

As reported by the Associated Press, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed on March 14, 2007 that the Ninth Amendment to the United States is now null and void, and that the federal government of the United States of America has no moral legitimacy.

The judges did not explicitly express those statements in their ruling, but that is the implication. The case involved a woman whose life, according to her doctor, can only be preserved with medical marijuana. The judges ruled that the federal government may nevertheless prosecute her for violating federal laws regarding drugs.

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