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October 12, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS and NONA YATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State narcotics agents Friday arrested Dennis Peron, founder of the state's largest club for distributing medical marijuana, on charges including conspiracy and the possession of marijuana for sale. Peron, a Vietnam veteran who has championed the legalizing of marijuana for 20 years, was booked into an Alameda County jail, but a Superior Court judge ordered him released on his own recognizance until his arraignment. Atty. Gen.
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November 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative says that it will reopen Monday, offering hemp products, not medical marijuana. The organization, which dispensed marijuana to about 2,000 member-patients, was closed last month by a federal judge. Closure was sought by the Clinton administration's Justice Department, which said the distribution of medical marijuana, authorized by a 1996 California initiative, violated federal drug laws. The cooperative is appealing U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 27-year-old woman legally permitted to smoke marijuana to ease the pain of her chronic migraine headaches has rented space in a local business center in hopes of opening Ventura County's first cannabis buyers' club. Andrea Nagy, who works as a legal secretary, has purchased a city business license for a "pharmaceutical-related" operation and has rented a 360-square-foot storefront in the Village Oaks office complex on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Todd McCormick, the medical marijuana advocate who says he was growing pot at a Bel-Air mansion to help relieve chronic cancer pain, was actually part of a conspiracy to cultivate large amounts of marijuana for commercial sale, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday. The nine-count indictment charges McCormick and eight others with conspiracy and possession of marijuana for sale. Several defendants, including McCormick, had been previously indicted.
NEWS
August 5, 1996 | From Associated Press
State narcotics agents raided the Cannabis Buyers' Club on Sunday, shutting down the group that sells marijuana to terminally ill patients suffering from AIDS, cancer and other diseases. Armed with a search warrant, agents burst into the club's headquarters and spent four hours hauling away computers, a cabinet full of client records and an unspecified amount of marijuana.
OPINION
October 13, 1996
The comic strip "Doonesbury" has featured Prop. 215 on California's November ballot, supposedly aimed at legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. I am quite familiar with both the ideology of "Doonesbury's" creator, Garry Trudeau, and his style of humor. I have even been known to chuckle at a "Doonesbury" strip. Today, however, no one should be laughing. The debate over legalization of marijuana for any purpose is a serious one with lifetime consequences for potentially millions of people, especially children and teenagers.
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | Associated Press
Sheriff Mike Hennessey is refusing to enforce a court order to close San Francisco's Cannabis Buyers' Club, which sold marijuana to medical patients to ease their suffering and boost their appetites. "I would hope that the attorney general would understand that our community does not wish to spend precious law enforcement dollars busting people engaged in distributing marijuana for medical purposes," Hennessey said Wednesday in a letter to Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, who obtained the court order.
OPINION
August 11, 1996
Re "Agents Raid Medical Marijuana Club," Aug. 5: Once again our top lawman, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, has set his priorities by shutting down the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club for offering relief to medical patients. To do this after four years of hands-off policy toward the medical marijuana movement makes one ask the big question: Why? I believe he is running scared because the people will have the opportunity to vote for compassionate use of medical marijuana, Proposition 215, on the November ballot in California.
NEWS
August 7, 1996 | Associated Press
More than 500 protesters marched through the city Monday night to protest the closing of a club that openly sold marijuana to patients with AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. Marchers blew whistles and carried candles and signs with such slogans as "Marijuana Is Medicine" and "Defend Your Right to Smoke Weed." No arrests were reported. Kevin Deffenbaugh, an AIDS patient and member of the Cannabis Buyers Club, attended the march in his wheelchair.
NEWS
December 11, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dennis Peron, whose marijuana buyers club was raided in August by state narcotics officers, says he will reopen the club in January as a cooperative that will cultivate and sell marijuana for medical purposes to owner-members. Peron, who with five club officials was arrested during the raid and still faces several felony charges of distributing marijuana, said he is confident that the state's case against him will be dismissed before the club's scheduled Jan. 15 reopening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 27-year-old woman legally permitted to smoke marijuana to ease the pain of her chronic migraine headaches has rented space in a local business center in hopes of opening Ventura County's first cannabis buyers' club. Andrea Nagy, who works as a legal secretary, has purchased a city business license for a "pharmaceutical-related" operation and has rented a 360-square-foot storefront in the Village Oaks office complex on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
NEWS
January 5, 1997 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The network of bruises and scars on Chris Smith's legs map the history of her falls, all those moments over the past 20 years when painful spasms from multiple sclerosis shot though her petite frame and left her collapsed on the ground. At times, the Trabuco Canyon woman found the pain so debilitating she begged off family gatherings, staying in her room in tears.
NEWS
December 11, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dennis Peron, whose marijuana buyers club was raided in August by state narcotics officers, says he will reopen the club in January as a cooperative that will cultivate and sell marijuana for medical purposes to owner-members. Peron, who with five club officials was arrested during the raid and still faces several felony charges of distributing marijuana, said he is confident that the state's case against him will be dismissed before the club's scheduled Jan. 15 reopening.
OPINION
October 13, 1996
The comic strip "Doonesbury" has featured Prop. 215 on California's November ballot, supposedly aimed at legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. I am quite familiar with both the ideology of "Doonesbury's" creator, Garry Trudeau, and his style of humor. I have even been known to chuckle at a "Doonesbury" strip. Today, however, no one should be laughing. The debate over legalization of marijuana for any purpose is a serious one with lifetime consequences for potentially millions of people, especially children and teenagers.
NEWS
October 12, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS and NONA YATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State narcotics agents Friday arrested Dennis Peron, founder of the state's largest club for distributing medical marijuana, on charges including conspiracy and the possession of marijuana for sale. Peron, a Vietnam veteran who has championed the legalizing of marijuana for 20 years, was booked into an Alameda County jail, but a Superior Court judge ordered him released on his own recognizance until his arraignment. Atty. Gen.
NEWS
October 2, 1996 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, California's top crime fighter, took on a slippery new villain Tuesday--Zonker, the fictional hippie of "Doonesbury" fame. Lungren, who insists that he enjoys a good laugh as much as the next guy, attacked Zonker and his creator, Garry Trudeau, for contributing to a "permissive attitude" toward drug use with this week's cartoons. "I appreciate political satire," Lungren said at a Capitol news conference, "but I think I know when a line has been crossed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1996 | From Associated Press
A club that openly sold marijuana to people with AIDS, cancer and other diseases briefly reopened its doors Monday, a day after state drug agents cleaned out its cupboards. "We don't have any marijuana, but we have each other," said volunteer Gilbert Baker as a dozen people lined up outside. "We have love and compassion. That's what the club's been about from the start."
NEWS
October 2, 1996 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, California's top crime fighter, took on a slippery new villain Tuesday--Zonker, the fictional hippie of "Doonesbury" fame. Lungren, who insists that he enjoys a good laugh as much as the next guy, attacked Zonker and his creator, Garry Trudeau, for contributing to a "permissive attitude" toward drug use with this week's cartoons. "I appreciate political satire," Lungren said at a Capitol news conference, "but I think I know when a line has been crossed.
OPINION
August 11, 1996
Re "Agents Raid Medical Marijuana Club," Aug. 5: Once again our top lawman, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, has set his priorities by shutting down the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club for offering relief to medical patients. To do this after four years of hands-off policy toward the medical marijuana movement makes one ask the big question: Why? I believe he is running scared because the people will have the opportunity to vote for compassionate use of medical marijuana, Proposition 215, on the November ballot in California.
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | Associated Press
Sheriff Mike Hennessey is refusing to enforce a court order to close San Francisco's Cannabis Buyers' Club, which sold marijuana to medical patients to ease their suffering and boost their appetites. "I would hope that the attorney general would understand that our community does not wish to spend precious law enforcement dollars busting people engaged in distributing marijuana for medical purposes," Hennessey said Wednesday in a letter to Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, who obtained the court order.
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