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Medical Marijuana Patient Reports for Federal Prison

Posted by · January 04, 2007 3:00 AM

Another medical marijuana patient was incarcerated in federal prison today. Stephanie Landa, 60, reported to federal authorities in San Francisco to begin a 41-month sentence for her part in growing medical cannabis as part of a patient collective there. At least another 91 Californians are facing a similar fate, as medical-marijuana related arrests and prosecutions have escalated since 2005, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled federal charges may be brought against patients and their caregivers and providers, despite state laws protecting them. Read more

Medical Marijuana Patients Win Big as Court Upholds State Law

Posted by · December 07, 2006 3:00 AM

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Superior Court today handed a critical victory to medical marijuana patients nationwide, affirming the ability of states to exempt qualified patients from criminal penalties, despite federal policy that prohibits all marijuana use.

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Medical Cannabis Laws get Nod from California Supreme Court

Posted by · December 04, 2006 3:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO-Last week the California Supreme Court further clarified the state's medical cannabis laws with a ruling that makes clear there are no conflicts between the initiative passed by voters in 1996 and the law passed by the legislature in 2003.

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Guilty Verdict in First Federal Medical Marijuana Trial in 3 Years

Posted by · November 22, 2006 3:00 AM

FRESNO -- A jury took less than a day to find a medical cannabis patient guilty of violating federal marijuana laws. Dustin Costa, 60, a prominent medical cannabis activist and former Marine, was found guilty of manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana for distribution, and possession of a firearm. Mr. Costa's sentencing date has not been set, but he could face in excess of 20 years in prison. Mr. Costa indicated he will appeal his conviction to the Ninth Circuit Court. Read more

Federal Agents Raid San Francisco Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Posted by · October 03, 2006 4:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO—Nearly two dozen federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in full tactical gear descended on a medical cannabis dispensing collective in San Francisco and at least half a dozen other related locations today, seizing medicine and making more than a dozen arrests. It is the third such action in California in the past week.

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ASA Report Shows Benefits of Local Dispensary Ordinances

Posted by · September 07, 2006 4:00 AM

SAN DIEGO – California’s medical marijuana dispensaries are a benefit to both patients and local communities, according to a report released at a press conference in San Diego today as part of the annual League of California Cities convention.

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