U.S. Supreme Court: State Medical Marijuana Laws Not Preempted by Federal Law - Americans for Safe Access
Washington, DC -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a landmark decision today in which California state courts found that its medical marijuana law was not preempted by federal law. The state appellate court decision from November 28, 2007, ruled that "it is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws." The case, involving Felix Kha, a medical marijuana patient from Garden Grove, was the result of a wrongful seizure of medical marijuana by local police in June 2005.
Merced, CA -- A lawsuit was filed today by medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) against the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on behalf of Rose Johnson, a 53-year-old patient from Atwater. Despite Ms. Johnson's clean driving record, not having caused an accident in 37 years of driving, the DMV revoked her license on July 26, 2008 because of her status as a medical marijuana patient. The DMV refused to renew Ms.
Washington, D.C. -- Americans for Safe Access (ASA) congratulates Sen. Barack Obama on his election as our Nation's 44th President and looks forward to working with him and his Administration over the next four years to end federal raids on medical cannabis patients and providers and to support policy changes that ensure safe access for individuals who use cannabis to control symptoms of HIV/AIDS, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and other serious or chronic diseases.
Oakland, CA -- Medical marijuana edible producer Michael Martin, 34, will be sentenced on Wednesday at the Oakland Federal Courthouse at 1301 Clay Street. A press conference at 2pm will precede the sentencing hearing, where Mr. Martin, his attorneys, Sara Zalkin and Tony Serra, and Americans for Safe Access Chief Counsel Joe Elford, will address the media. The sentencing hearing comes after a plea agreement was reached in March, stemming from a September 26, 2007 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raid on Tainted, Inc. Mr.