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Latest California Proposition 215 Stories

2008-09-02 03:00:33

By Roger Anderson The Inland Valley Drug Free Community Coalition supports San Bernardino County's decision to ask the state Supreme Court to intervene on State Attorney General Brown's demands that people be allowed to smoke pot. San Bernardino County was not fooled by a small group of pro-pot users who marched in mid-August demanding the county issue pot ID cards. The failed protest attempt by pro-drug legalizers is reminiscent of a drug culture craze a generation ago. Those days are long...

2008-08-12 03:01:02

By David Herrick Even as California's massive budget deficit prompts new cuts to Medi-Cal's drug benefits for HIV/AIDS patients, county officials here waste precious resources in doomed legal challenges to state medical marijuana laws designed to help many of those very patients. For more than two-and-a-half years, San Bernardino and San Diego county officials sought somebody - anybody - in the courts who might entertain their convoluted arguments against obeying state medical marijuana...

2008-08-06 15:00:56

Narcotics investigators have allegedly seized 20 pounds of marijuana during raids of four San Diego medical marijuana dispensaries, authorities say. Federal authorities alleged that the California sites said the raids occurred after it was learned the locations were not dispensing the drug under state Proposition 215, which allows marijuana to be sold legally for serious ailments, the San Diego Union-Tribune said Wednesday. DEA spokeswoman Eileen Zeidler said in addition to the large drug...

2008-07-31 12:01:05

By Natalie Singer, The Seattle Times Jul. 31--One week after Seattle police returned hundreds of patient files and a computer hard drive taken in a raid from a University District medical marijuana cooperative and local prosecutors declined to press charges, federal drug agents have gotten involved in the case. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Friday took control from Seattle police of about 12 ounces of medical marijuana and about 2 pounds of less-potent leaves seized from...

2006-04-26 13:25:49

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of "ganja guru" Ed Rosenthal and ordered a new trial, saying a juror had tainted the case by seeking the advice of a lawyer before the verdict. Rosenthal, the author of many books on marijuana, was sentenced in 2003 to a single day in prison -- the minimum possible in the case -- after a jury found him guilty of growing the plant in violation of federal law. Rosenthal appealed the felony...

2005-10-26 16:28:28

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Santa Cruz, a California city famous for its surfing beaches and a boardwalk amusement park, has approved a new service for its citizens: official marijuana dispensary. In a 4-2 vote on Tuesday night, the city council backed a plan to create an "Office of Compassionate Use" to provide medical marijuana patients access to the drug. Vice Mayor Cynthia Mathews, who opposed the measure, said it would likely be years before such a city office -- which would be...

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2005-06-07 07:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Anyone who lights up a joint for medicinal purposes isn't likely to be pursued by federal authorities, despite a Supreme Court ruling that these marijuana users could face federal charges, people on both sides of the issue say. In a 6-3 decision, the court on Monday said those who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states. While the justices...

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2005-06-06 10:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities may prosecute sick people whose doctors prescribe marijuana to ease pain, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug. The decision is a stinging defeat for marijuana advocates who had successfully pushed 10 states to allow the drug's use to treat various illnesses. Justice John Paul Stevens, writing the 6-3 decision, said that Congress could change the law to allow medical use of marijuana....

2004-12-01 00:00:07

The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court questioned whether state medical marijuana laws might be abused by people who aren't really sick as it debated on Monday whether the federal government can prosecute patients who smoke pot on doctors' orders. The stakes are high on both the government level - 11 states have passed medical marijuana laws since 1996 - and the personal. In the courtroom watching the argument was Angel Raich, an Oakland, Calif., mother of two who said she...

2004-11-30 18:00:12

Some patients say the outcome of the case Monday is essentially a matter of life or death. * * * OAKLAND, Calif. - Traditional drugs have done little to help 39-year-old Angel Raich. Beset by a nightmarish list of ailments that includes tumors in her brain and uterus, seizures, spasms and nausea, she has been able to find comfort only in the marijuana that is recommended by her doctor. It eases her pain, allows her to rise out of a wheelchair and promotes an appetite that...