Pages tagged "Law Enforcement"

Elected Officials Push Back Against Threats by DOJ Over Medical Marijuana

| October 11, 2011 |

         On Friday, President Obama’s Justice Department (DOJ) made clear its motivations to disrupt and undermine California’s medical marijuana laws. However, advocates argue that last week’s announcement by the state’s four U.S. Attorneys, which included threats against property owners, comes after...

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Push Back on the Federal Attack

| October 08, 2011 |

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a major new crackdown on medical cannabis patients, providers, growers, and property owners on Friday. US Attorneys told reporters at a press conference in Sacramento that every medical cannabis patients’ cooperative and collective in...

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California Appellate Court Creates Contradictory Law on Federal Preemption of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

| October 05, 2011 |

      The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District issued an opinion yesterday in Pack v. City of Long Beach, a case involving a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance adopted last year by the Long Beach City Council. The court...

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ATF is Latest in Long Line of Federal Agencies to Bully Medical Marijuana Patients

| October 05, 2011 |

      Two weeks ago, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under the Obama Justice Department, issued a memorandum instructing firearms dealers not to sell to lawful medical marijuana patients. The ATF memo -- an affront to patients’...

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Rhode Island Governor Chafee Buckles to Federal Intimidation as He Puts the State’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Limbo

| October 05, 2011 |

Rather than acting as the champion of Rhode Island’s Medical Cannabis Program, Governor Lincoln Chafee has failed the medical cannabis community by halting the legislated licensing of dispensaries.  Governor Chafee’s failure to effectively implement H5359, the state’s dispensary licensing law,...

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Setting Precedent for Patients and Providers in San Luis Obispo County

| September 19, 2011 |

           Earlier this month, two medical marijuana patients were acquitted of all charges in a case that is likely to affect numerous other similar pending cases. Deip Paul and Steven Brown were found “not guilty” of several felonies after only two...

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Indictments Thrown Out by Nevada Judge, Who Said the State’s Medical Marijuana Law “Makes No Sense”

| September 15, 2011 |

         A Nevada trial court judge threw out an indictment Monday against Leonard Schwingdorf and Nathan Hamilton, two medical marijuana dispensary operators arrested in federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement raids on several Las Vegas facilities last year....

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Tennessee Congressman Calls Federal Medical Marijuana Policy “Misguided”

| September 14, 2011 |

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) wrote a letter to Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske on Monday, urging a change to the country’s drug policy with regard to marijuana. In addition to calling the federal policy on medical marijuana “misguided,” Cohen said, “Marijuana...

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Michigan Appellate Court Severely Limits Access to Medical Marijuana, Lansing Mayor Blasts Decision

| August 25, 2011 |

       On Tuesday, Michigan’s Court of Appeals ruled in People v. Compassionate Apothecary that the sale of medical marijuana was illegal under state law, outlawing an important method of distribution relied on by thousands of Michigan patients. According to the City...

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Chula Vista Police Strong-Arm Medical Marijuana Patients

| August 14, 2011 |

Chula Vista Police Strong-Arm Medical Marijuana Patients By: Eugene Davidovich, San Diego Americans for Safe Access, August 14, 2011Patients stand up in the face of threats, violence, and intimidation by Chula Vista Police Department during an illegal attempt to search...

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