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#Marijuana Groups Back Mendo's Refusal To Give Records To Feds

Posted on  January 02, 2013 by  News Admin

  Advocates support county's motion to quash, argue Obama Administration is attempting to undermine state law, violate patient privacy Three medical marijuana groups have teamed up to support Mendocino County officials in their effort to fight a sweeping federal subpoena filed in October, seeking "any and all records" for the county's medical marijuana cultivation program, otherwise known as County Code 9.31. On December 21, Mendocino County filed a motion in San Francisco federal court to quash the Justice Department's subpoena, and on Wednesday Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the Emerald Growers Association (EGA), and California NORML filed a joint amicus "friend of the court" brief in an attempt to protect the private patient records being sought. A hearing in the case is scheduled for 2 p.m. on January 4, before federal District Court Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco. "Despite telling Americans that medical marijuana patients are not being targeted, the Obama Administration's contempt for them and its intent to undermine California's medical marijuana law has been laid bare with this subpoena," said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who co-authored the amicus brief filed on Wednesday. "Mendocino County is completely justified in its refusal to cooperate with the grand jury subpoena and we're proud to support the county officials in that effort." The amicus brief called the subpoena "needlessly broad" and argued it would have "serious and longstanding repercussions" by "reveal[ing] privileged and confidential medical information...[and] undermin[ing] the County's considered and thoughtful attempts to regulate medical marijuana pursuant to state...