Pages tagged "Medical marijuana"

California Supreme Court Deems Legality of Storefront Medical Marijuana Dispensaries “Final”

| January 18, 2013 |

"The matter is now final," according to the California Supreme Court.  On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court denied requests from the League of California Cities, the San Diego District Attorney's Office, the Sacramento District Attorney's Office, the Sonoma District Attorney's...

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California Supreme Court picks February 5th for oral arguments to decide whether municipalities can ban local distribution of medical marijuana

| January 11, 2013 |

The California Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments this week in a case that has received widespread attention inside and outside of the medical marijuana community. The appellate court ruling in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness...

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Massachusetts becomes the 18th medical marijuana state; now comes the difficult work of implementation

| November 28, 2012 |

Earlier this month, an overwhelming sixty-three percent of Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3 and, in so doing, became the country’s 18th state to pass a medical marijuana law. Massachusetts is now the latest in a growing number of states...

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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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Marijuana Prohibition Turns 75, Feds Continue Attacks on Medical Marijuana

| October 01, 2012 |

          Today is the 75th anniversary of marijuana prohibition in the U.S. and, as a society, we’re no better off for it. In fact, many would argue that we’re far worse off with prohibition than if at any point we had...

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State Registration Starts for New Jersey Medical Marijuana Patients, Serious Access Questions Remain

| August 13, 2012 |

Last week, the New Jersey State Department of Health (DOH) began the process of issuing identification cards to qualifying medical marijuana patients. While this represents progress, it’s been slow in coming. The “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act,” which...

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Cutting through the legal quagmire, patients demand safe and legal access to medical marijuana

| July 11, 2012 |

          Last Friday, patient advocates Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed an amicus ‘friend of the court’ brief in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center to convey the urgent need for safe and legal access to...

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DEA’s Leonhart says “We will look at any options for reducing drug addiction,” but what about medical marijuana?

| June 25, 2012 |

         Administrator Michele Leonhart has created quite a controversy with her comments on medical marijuana made last Wednesday during a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) House oversight hearing. From her bumbling response to Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) on the issue of addiction...

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