CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2009 |
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has told its employees that medical marijuana should be treated like any other prescription drug and its use alone does not justify yanking a driver's license. "Drivers will no longer have their licenses suspended or revoked simply because of their status as medical marijuana patients," said Joe Alford, chief counsel of Americans for Safe Access, which assists medical marijuana users. A spokesman for the DMV said it never had a policy to remove licenses from medical marijuana patients and made the change to an employee training manual as part of an update.
May 22, 2008
Re "Organ prospects go up in smoke," May 19 Transplant centers need to answer to science about denying organs to medical marijuana patients. Two studies, the latest released just last month at the University of Ottawa, have found that treatment with marijuana or cannabinoids actually helps hepatitis patients, perhaps because it helps them better tolerate their drug treatment regimens. This being so, denial of livers to marijuana patients would seem to constitute malpractice. Dale H. Gieringer San Francisco The writer is the California director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1999 |
Arcata's police chief walked into the house and was led upstairs to a bedroom filled with marijuana plants and enough smokable pot to fill a grocery bag. Instead of reaching for his gun or a search warrant, Mel Brown offered a handshake. "I used to leave places like that with plants and prisoners," Brown said on the way out of Jason Browne's marijuana garden. "But here, law enforcement is holding out the olive branch to people who smoke medical marijuana."
July 16, 2005
Re "Pot ID Card Program Shelved," July 9: There are two reasons I am surprised that California Department of Health Services officials have shut down a medical marijuana identification program on the basis of a conflict with federal law. First, I thought Article III, section 3.5(c) of the Constitution of California prevented state officials from refusing to enforce valid state laws on the basis that there is a conflict with federal law (only an appellate court can hold that a conflict with federal law prevents compliance with state law)
July 23, 2007
Re "The DEA's rent control," editorial July 19 Bravo to The Times for calling the Drug Enforcement Administration's educational letters what they were -- threats. As the attorney for one of the marijuana collectives recently raided, there was a brief moment of hope when the Los Angeles County district attorney's office upheld the law of California and refused to file any charges regarding edible marijuana.
May 1, 2006 |
As assistant district attorney in San Francisco, Keith Vines prosecuted one of the largest illicit drug busts the city had ever seen. Then he came down with AIDS wasting syndrome and lost 60 pounds over three years. To stimulate his appetite, he started taking marinol, an FDA-approved drug containing THC, one of the active ingredients in marijuana. He says he couldn't control the dose of the drug, which must be swallowed. "I would be out of it for four or five hours," he says.