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Marijuana Dispensary Sues Justice Department, DEA

Posted on  November 01, 2012 by  News Admin

 No Grey Sky, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, has sued the United States Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, claiming that the federal crackdown is an illegal crusade that threatens to prevent thousands of patients from having safe access. The collective and its members are seeking an injunction agains the DoJ, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the DEA, whose agents raided its downtown storefront this month,j reports Matt Reynolds at Courthouse News. No Grey Sky said it has been licensed by the state of California to dispense medicinal cannabis, and that Atty. Gen. Holder is acting "in excess of the government's authority granted by the Controlled Substances Act" by threatening to shut it down. According to No Grey Sky, continuing its business is "vital to the safe and affordable distribution of medical cannabis to patients suffering from chronic and acute pain, life-threatening and severe illnesses, diseases, and injuries." The dispensary said it has complied with all state laws concerning distribution of medical marijuana. No Grey Sky maintains that medical marijuana dispensaries have operated lawfully and "transparently" to offer relief to thousands of patients after voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, and that Los Angeles established an ordinance to allow providers to distribute medicinal cannabis, according to the federal complaint. The dispensary further avers that marijuana collectives have provided "billions of dollars in revenues." The complaint points out candidate Barack Obama's 2007 promise that dispensaries following state medical marijuana laws would be left alone. But in 2010 L.A....

L.A. City Council Repeals Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

Posted on  October 04, 2012 by  News Admin

 After a years-long demonstration of apparently bottomless ineptitude when it comes to effectively addressing safe access to medical marijuana for patients, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday repealed its own July dispensary ban with an 11 to 2 vote. The action once again leaves L.A. with no laws regulating the city's numerous dispensaries, but some council members were openly wishing for an expanded federal crackdown on the shops. Tuesday's vote followed years of attempts by the hapless council to regulate the medical marijuana dispensary scene in Los Angeles, with more than 400 dispensaries located in the L.A. metro area. The city claimed its own count revealed more than 1,000 such shops. Council members said it was time to go back to the drawing board, saying they'd ask state legislators to "clarify" state law on how cities can regulate dispensaries. "Facing the choice of letting you vote on overturning the ban or doing so itself following a referendum effort that turned in almost double the number of signatures needed to bring the issue to ballot, the body stuck its tail between its legs and said smoke 'em if you got 'em," reports the LA Weekly's Dennis Romero. "We're pleased that the city is not going to put us through months of arduous enforcement," said Kris Hermes of medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access."We welcome the opportunity to work with the city on sensible regulations that will work for patients and the communities." The vote is set to be finalized next...

Documentary Offers Disturbing Look at Impact of War on Drugs

Posted on  September 25, 2012 by  News Admin

  Danny Glover and Director Eugene Jarecki Will Hold Advance Screening of The House I Live In, Winner of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, in San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 24 Filmmakers Teaming Up with Advocacy Groups, Law Enforcement, Elected Officials across Country to Educate and Mobilize to End Disastrous War on Drugs A special screening of the thought-provoking documentary, The House I Live In, will be held Monday, September 24, at 6 p.m., in San Francisco. The Drug Policy Alliance, ACLU of Northern California, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and Californians United for a Responsible Budget will host the screening. Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the director, Eugene Jarecki, who is partnering with a vast array of advocacy groups, legislators and law enforcement to spread the film's message about the disastrous consequences of the failed War On Drugs. Other panelists include actor Danny Glover (who is an executive producer of the film), Senator Mark Leno, and Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. The discussion will be moderated by Lynne Lyman, California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance. The event is sponsored by the Rosenberg Foundation. Since the 1970s, the war on drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests and has cost more than $1 trillion. As a result, the United States has become the world's largest jailer, and the high volume of drug arrests have destroyed low-income communities, creating a vicious cycle that must be...

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