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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...

Sentencing of Legal Marijuana Providers Highlights Harmful Obama Policy

Posted on  October 02, 2012 by  News Admin

  Justice Department uses prosecutorial discretion to seek decades in prison for legal Michigan cultivators Five medical marijuana patients and caregivers will be sentenced in federal court next week, highlighting the human cost of the federal government's intolerance for state medical marijuana laws. Two medical marijuana caregivers from Monroe County who were convicted earlier this year in federal court will be sentenced at 3 p.m. Monday, October 1, before U.S. District Court Judge David M. Lawson (231 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit). Gerald Lee Duval Jr., 52, and his son, Jeremy Duval, 30, were raided by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in 2011 and charged with felony cultivation, maintaining a place to cultivate marijuana, and conspiracy to distribute. In April, the Duvals were convicted at trial, the expected result of federal laws that prohibit any medical defense or reference to state law in front of juries. "The Duvals' case is another tragedy from President Obama's war on medical marijuana," said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana advocacy group. "This type of enforcement is completely discretionary, unnecessary and far from the public health approach that medical marijuana patients deserve." The Duvals face decades in prison despite no evidence of state law violations. Days later, three more medical marijuana patients and caregivers will be sentenced in federal court in Michigan. Around the same time federal agents were raiding the Duvals, officers with the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department raided the Austin Township home and...

Marijuana Patients Rally Nationwide Thursday Against Obama's Crackdown

Posted on  September 20, 2012 by  News Admin

  Advocates argue DOJ attacks unnecessarily harm over 1 million patients and may endanger Obama's re-election effort Hundreds of patients will hold rallies Thursday at 5 p.m. at local "Obama for America" campaign offices and other key locations in at least 15 cities in eight states across the country in an effort to draw attention to the Obama Administration's aggressive efforts to shut down legal medical marijuana dispensaries and obstruct the passage of laws that would regulate such activity. In addition to a lively rally in the nation's capitol, demonstrations organized by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) are planned in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. In Seattle, medical marijuana advocates are holding a press conference at City Hall on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. local time, featuring City Council member Nick Licata, State Rep. Roger Goodman, and State Senator Jeanna Kohl-Welles. The press conference, which will be a united call for the suspension of Justice Department enforcement actions in medical marijuana states, will be followed by a 2 p.m. rally at the federal building at 700 Stewart Street. Times and locations for other rallies can be found below. The national coordinated day of actions against the Obama Administration's medical marijuana policies is part of ASA's campaign "Camp WakeUpObama," which was launched this summer in an effort to draw attention to the Justice Department (DOJ) attacks and the disconnect between public statements made by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, and the actions of...