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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....

Clergy Leaders Endorse Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act

Posted on  October 31, 2012 by  News Admin

  Faith leaders call on all Arkansans to support compassionate measure Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the committee behind Issue 5, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, on Tuesday announced a dozen clergy leaders from across the state and from a broad range of denominations have endorsed the measure. The religious coalition was announced at a press conference in Fayetteville, featuring medical professionals and Emily Williams, who used medical marijuana to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy.   "I am proud to be among the faith leaders who have endorsed the use of medical marijuana by seriously ill patients," said Reverend Howard Gordon, minister emeritus at the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. "We are compassionate people by nature and Issue 5, at its core, is about compassion. "Arkansans must look beyond the scare tactics used by opponents of the measure and appreciate that there are less fortunate members of society who truly need marijuana to alleviate their suffering," Rev. Gordon said. "One can be opposed to the use of marijuana generally, while accepting that its use by patients, in accordance with a doctor's recommendation, is acceptable," Rev. Gordon said. "I know I do. And I hope the voters of this state will demonstrate their own sense of compassion when they vote."   The endorsing faith leaders listed below signed statements of support containing the following language:  As faith leaders, our position on medical marijuana is driven by compassion. Seriously ill people should not be subject to criminal sanctions for using...

Legislator Accuses Medical Marijuana Group Of 'Harassment'

Posted on  October 26, 2012 by  News Admin

  Health Committee Chairman Unwilling To Read Citizen Emails Ah, representative democracy. When citizens have concerns, they contact their elected representatives, right? Right?? One Alabama legislator apparently could use a basic civics lesson; it seems Republican Rep. Jim McClendon has forgotten for whom he works. On Thursday morning, he sent an email message to constituents, colleagues and newspapers statewide accusing medical marijuana lobbyists of "harassment." McClendon, chairman of the Alabama House Committee on Health, apparently felt quite put upon by the emails sent by members and supporters of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition, a group fighting for safe access for medicinal cannabis patients in the Heart of Dixie. "The inundation of emails to members of the Health Committee is no more than harassment and does not advance your cause," McClendon huffily (and cluelessly) emailed at 11:36 Central Time on Thursday. The email, in addition to AMMJC member Aaron Carswell and AMMJC co-president Ron Crumpton, also went out to the members of the press and McClendon's colleagues in the Alabama House. "What am I supposed to do, Mr. Chairman?" Crumpton answered. "I have been trying to get you to respond to me since the end of the session. During the session, I treated you like a man and it got our bill absolutely nowhere. "I represent over 10,000 Alabamians who want to see this bill passed," Crumpton emailed. "Even with that kind of support we were not able to get a hearing last year. "However, for you to say that emails to members...

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