Pages tagged "DEA"

What's the Cost?

| June 13, 2013 |

Did you know that the Department of Justice has already spent nearly a half a billion dollars fighting medical cannabis? Did you know that the Obama Administration spent over half of that money on medical cannabis investigations, paramilitary-style raids, prosecutions,...

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Kal Penn of "Harold & Kumar" off-base for defending Obama attacks in medical marijuana states

| May 03, 2013 |

Last week, Kal Penn, who plays Kumar in the “stoner” film franchise Harold & Kumar, spoke to Huffington Post Live about President Obama’s marijuana policies. During the April 26th interview, Penn defended recent Justice Department attacks on dispensaries in medical...

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Off to the U.S. Supreme Court We Go

| April 25, 2013 |

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, last week the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition for rehearing filed be Americans for Safe Access in ASA v. DEA. After more than a decade of legal wrangling with...

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Cannabinopathic Medicine: Lester Grinspoon, M.D.'s New Coinage

| March 14, 2013 |

I am honored and delighted to be able to publish here for the first time a new comprehensive piece written by Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, entitled "Cannabinopathic Medicine". Dr. Grinspoon started writing this...

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Appellate decision puts the ball in your court

| January 22, 2013 |

The US appellate court in Washington, DC, denied our appeal to reschedule cannabis under federal law today, agreeing with the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) position that "adequate and well-controlled studies" on the medical efficacy of medical cannabis do not exist....

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ASA's Year in Review 2012

| December 31, 2012 |

This is the time of year when I take some time to reflect over the past twelve months and prepare myself for the opportunities that lay ahead in the New Year.2012 was bittersweet. On one hand, we moved the fight...

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Feds Continue to Undermine Mendocino's Local Law by Violating Patient Privacy

| November 26, 2012 |

It wasn’t enough for the Justice Department to conduct aggressive raids on state-compliant cultivators in Mendocino County in 2010 and 2011, then earlier this year threaten local officials with litigation if the highly successful cultivation program continued. Now, according to...

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California Medical Association Calls on Governor Brown to Urge for Marijuana's Reclassification

| October 31, 2012 |

More than two weeks ago, with less fanfare than it deserved, the California Medical Association (CMA) voted to urge Governor Brown to petition the federal government to reclassify marijuana for medical use. Notably, the vote occurred two days ahead of...

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DC Circuit Orders Supplemental Briefing in Landmark Federal Medical Marijuana Case

| October 17, 2012 |

      Just hours after the U.S. Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in the federal landmark case Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, the court ordered supplemental briefing on the issue of “standing.” In a...

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Appeals Court hears case on medical value of marijuana

| October 16, 2012 |

This morning, the federal Appeals Court for the DC Circuit heard an appeal in the case called Americans for Safe Access v Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is an appeal of the DEA's rejection of a petition filed in 2002...

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