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Suit Over Medical Marijuana Crackdown Thrown Out
Posted by CN Staff on March 01, 2012 at 05:23:04 PT
By Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
California -- When federal prosecutors in California announced a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries last fall, pot suppliers and their advocates claimed in a series of lawsuits that the Obama administration broke a promise to leave them alone if they complied with state law. The suits have gotten a chilly reception in court, and now a federal judge in Sacramento has become the first to dismiss one of them, saying the Justice Department remains free to enforce federal drug laws.
Tuesday's ruling allows federal prosecutors to continue a campaign that has shut down a number of dispensaries in California, including the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax and several in San Francisco. A lawyer for a Sacramento collective and one of its patients said they would appeal. The suits were filed in November by marijuana suppliers and patients in each of the state's four federal judicial districts. They relied on the Justice Department's October 2009 memo to federal prosecutors that said they should concentrate on drug trafficking networks, and "should not focus federal resources" on individuals who followed their state's medical marijuana law. The memo followed President Obama's 2008 campaign pledge to let states set their own medical marijuana policies. Shortly after the department released the document, Santa Cruz County agreed to dismiss a suit challenging the government's authority to raid locally approved pot collectives like one that federal agents had invaded in the city of Santa Cruz. But U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell of Sacramento said Tuesday the Justice Department memo was a statement of priorities, not a binding commitment, and did not exempt dispensaries from the federal laws against marijuana cultivation and distribution. The memo "does not contain a promise not to enforce" federal law, and the department made no such pledges in the Santa Cruz case, Burrell said. He also said the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court have rejected arguments that seriously ill patients have a constitutional right to use marijuana with a doctor's approval.SnippedComplete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: Thursday, March 1, 2012Copyright: 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on March 01, 2012 at 23:27:26 PT
ekim #2 -- Canada's Retirees Won't Like This
Prison spending trumps seniors for Harper government.
 By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun February 29, 2012. 
Read more: is already protesting raising the retirement age from 65 to 67. The incredibly wasteful $88,000 per prisoner per year for mandatory minimums for growing cannabis has got to go. Canada cannot afford it, and neither can the provinces. In the words of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, "Cut the waste." Yes, cut this wasteful Omnibus Crime bill.
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Comment #3 posted by ekim on March 01, 2012 at 16:56:00 PT
now on air
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on March 01, 2012 at 10:33:41 PT
Town in Spain grows for jobs--runruffs shoe funny
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on March 01, 2012 at 09:57:34 PT
A serious deflation, like a punctured tire!
That is a picture of all justice departments across the land including a major loss of power and control over the people if we should suddenly end cannabis prohibition.Who understands this equation more than anyone? Why those highly educated individuals who's careers depend on this over funded ruse! Like these judges fer instance. It is like being able to vote on your own job security and funding over the rights of others. "Who dealt it smelt it", remember that one? They know they stink [morally] but who will judge them?OT: Prison shoes. I was issued a pair of civilian shoes when they released me from prison. A mauve colored pair of brogans. They were made in China from %100 man made materials. Just getting home in them covered my feet bottoms with blisters. They are made of very strong material, however, my three big dogs have been at them since 10-10-07 and today I saw one of them in the yard torn to pieces at the seams but the man made material was full of chew marks but still in tact.
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