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February 14, 1999
To cry or scream? The patent injustice of the sentence meted out to Marvin Chavez shines like a spotlight of judicial intolerance and overzealous prosecution (Jan. 30). Chavez was convicted last November of selling marijuana to undercover agents and mailing the drug to a cancer patient. He was described by the prosecutor as "a sophisticated drug dealer" operating under the guise of the law. The law is Proposition 215, legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. If Chavez was a sophisticated drug dealer, why did agents feel it necessary to pose as seriously ill patients?
July 23, 2001
Cannabis is no more effective than codeine for treating pain? ("Cannabinoids Compared With Codeine for Pain," July 9.) The last time I checked, codeine was commonly prescribed for pain because it is widely recognized to be effective. By comparison, that would make marijuana fairly effective as well. CLIFFORD A. SCHAFFER Director, DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy Canyon Country
March 15, 2014
Re "New rules for medical pot," Editorial, March 12 Ispent more than 32 years as an officer with a local police department as well as an additional six years as a deputy district attorney with Los Angeles County. During those nearly four decades, a significant percentage of my time and effort was devoted to investigating, arresting and prosecuting countless narcotics and illicit drug offenders. Within my initial few months as a cop, I made an arrest for possession of one partially smoked marijuana cigarette, a crime that was classified as a felony at that time.
May 4, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge ruled Friday that a California medical marijuana distributor has no constitutional right to dole out cannabis to the sick. The decision was another blow to the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the group had no right to sell marijuana under California's 1996 voter-approved medical marijuana law, which requires the sick to have a doctor's recommendation.
November 20, 1998
In a case being closely watched by marijuana activists across Southern California, a jury Thursday convicted the co-founder of a local cannabis club of selling the drug. But the verdicts fell short of the full victory sought by prosecutors. The Superior Court jury took just over a day to convict Marvin Chavez, 42, in what legal experts consider one of the most significant cases of its kind since state voters legalized medicinal marijuana use two years ago.
Spurred by a federal court ruling ordering six Northern California cannabis clubs to close, medical marijuana advocates joined state and local officials Monday in calling for a search for alternative ways to get pot to sick people. State Sen. John Vasconcellos announced that he will sponsor a May 26 summit in Sacramento to study other ways to distribute the drug.
January 29, 1998 | CATHY WERBLIN
Despite last-minute pleas by medicinal marijuana users that the city allow a cannabis club to operate within its limits, City Council members gave final approval to an amended ordinance that will force the group out of Garden Grove. In approving the ordinance on second reading Tuesday night, the city opened the door to legally pull the club's business license because it violates federal drug laws.
March 27, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
French Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin stirred controversy by suggesting that occasional smokers of cannabis should be treated with leniency. Supporters of conservative President Jacques Chirac, his neck-and-neck rival in the April 21 vote, slammed the remarks as irresponsible, while the pro-legalization lobby called for a debate on reform of France's tough drug laws.
A federal judge ordered six Northern California cannabis clubs to shut down Thursday after finding them in violation of federal law for selling marijuana to patients with AIDS and other illnesses. The ruling prompted the U.S. Justice Department to urge other California cannabis clubs to close their doors too. "Federal law is clear, and [U.S. District] Judge [Charles] Breyer's opinion is clear--the distribution or cultivation of marijuana is unlawful," Michael Yamaguchi, the U.S.
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