After Being Sued, Solano County Votes to Implement Medical Marijuana ID Card Program

| June 23, 2009 |

Vallejo, CA -- The Solano County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 today to begin implementation of the state-mandated identification card program for medical marijuana patients. The Solano vote comes more than five months after the medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans...

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Medical Marijuana Group Gets $139,000 in Attorneys Fees for Landmark Case

| June 17, 2009 |

Oakland, CA -- The national medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) was paid yesterday by the City of Garden Grove $139,000 in attorneys fees for a settlement agreement in a landmark medical marijuana case. The fees awarded...

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Rhode Island Legislature Overrides Veto of Medical Marijuana Distribution Bill

| June 16, 2009 |

Providence, RI -- Both houses of the Rhode Island legislature voted overwhelmingly today to override Governor Carcieri's veto of a bill that would establish three state-licensed, non-profit Compassion Centers that can "acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or...

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Congress Introduces HR 2835, The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act

| June 12, 2009 |

Washington, D.C. -- In another effort to change federal policy on medical marijuana, Congressional Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced the "Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act," HR 2835, late yesterday. The bill, which was co-sponsored by 13 bipartisan Members of Congress...

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Medical Marijuana Provider Sentenced to One Year in Prison

| June 11, 2009 |

Los Angeles, CA -- A medical marijuana dispensary operator whose federal case has gained considerable attention in the media was sentenced today to one year in prison and four years of supervised release. Charles C. Lynch was convicted in 2008...

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Federal Judge Suggests Leniency for Medical Marijuana Sentencing

| June 10, 2009 |

Los Angeles, CA -- The Justice Department is seeking a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years for state and locally sanctioned medical marijuana provider Charles C. Lynch, despite statements of a new policy and no evidence of state law violations....

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California Medical Marijuana Bill Calls for End to Federal Interference

| June 09, 2009 |

Sacramento, CA -- State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a joint resolution late yesterday that urges the federal government to end medical marijuana raids in California and to "create a comprehensive federal medical marijuana policy that ensures safe and...

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Medical Marijuana Distribution Bill Passes Both Rhode Island Houses

| May 20, 2009 |

Providence, RI -- The Rhode Island House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H5359 today by a vote of 63-5, paving the way for three state-licensed, non-profit Compassion Centers that can "acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana...to...

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms California's Medical Marijuana Law

| May 18, 2009 |

Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana advocates celebrated today as the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a landmark case brought by San Diego County. Advocates assert that the High Court's decision removes one of the final obstacles to full implementation...

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DOJ: Policy Statements on Medical Marijuana Don't Affect Federal Sentencing

| April 21, 2009 |

Los Angeles, CA -- Legal counsel for the advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will appear on behalf of Charles C. Lynch at his federal sentencing hearing on Thursday, April 23rd to challenge the federal government's claim of state...

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