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August 26, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in the dozen years of turmoil since state voters legalized medical marijuana, California's top law enforcement official stepped into the fray Monday with new guidelines designed in part to quell the ongoing friction between the state and federal authorities. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown issued an 11-page directive intended to help legitimate patients avoid arrest while giving police the tools to distinguish legal medical marijuana operations from illegal cultivators and criminal middlemen.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2012 | Sandy Banks
Forget years of conflicting rules, hazy regulations, hard lines and soft bans. An LAPD narcotics squad has made an end-run around the city's fumbling efforts to regulate medical marijuana, shutting down every dispensary in its San Fernando Valley division in a three-year campaign whose success just might signal the end of legal pot sales in Los Angeles. The closure this week of Herbal Medicine Care in Chatsworth ended a string of Devonshire Division busts that netted 30 guns, $2 million in cash and nine kilos of cocaine, in addition to a ton of marijuana.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Olympic archer Justin Huish argued in court Wednesday that the gold medalist should not be held on drug-sale charges because he was providing marijuana for the treatment of an HIV patient. But that defense, raised during Huish's preliminary hearing, met a quick objection from a Ventura County prosecutor who said state law allows only qualified caregivers to treat medical marijuana patients. Deputy Dist. Atty.
HOME & GARDEN
October 2, 2010 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
Joanne Clarke, a legal secretary in her late 50s, leads the way down a pale green hallway in her modest Costa Mesa home, past a small guest room on the right and a blue tiled bathroom on the left. At the end of the hall, she opens a door, pushes aside a thick black curtain and ducks inside. "Isn't this wild?" she says, gesturing to the high-tech marijuana grow room she and her husband recently installed. "This used to be my daughter's bedroom. " Wild is one word for it. Bright is another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2009 | Maura Dolan
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.
OPINION
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 | NOAH ISACKSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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."
OPINION
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)
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2009 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Seeking to bring the city's medical marijuana dispensary boom under tight control, the Los Angeles City Council decided today to cap the total number at 70, but to allow those that originally registered with the city to remain open. Under the city's 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries, 186 registered with the city. Officials believe at least 137 of those remain open in their original locations. Under the motion adopted this afternoon, those dispensaries could stay open but could be required to move to comply with the ordinance's restrictions on where they may locate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Medical marijuana patients and dozens of dispensaries lost an eleventh-hour bid Friday to stop a city ordinance from going into effect next week, but a judge indicated that both groups may have a legitimate basis for an injunction at a later date. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant cleared the way for the ordinance to take effect Monday by denying more than a dozen requests for a temporary restraining order to bar the city from enforcing the law, which would force more than 400 shops to shutter their doors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2009 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Seeking to bring the city's medical marijuana dispensary boom under tight control, the Los Angeles City Council decided today to cap the total number at 70, but to allow those that originally registered with the city to remain open. Under the city's 2007 moratorium on new dispensaries, 186 registered with the city. Officials believe at least 137 of those remain open in their original locations. Under the motion adopted this afternoon, those dispensaries could stay open but could be required to move to comply with the ordinance's restrictions on where they may locate.
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May 19, 2009 | David G. Savage
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals from two hold-out counties in Southern California that objected to the state's 13-year-old medical marijuana law and claimed it should be struck down as violating the federal drug control act. Without comment, the court turned down the pair of appeals. The action probably will clear the way for patients in San Diego and San Bernardino counties to seek county-issued identification cards that show they are eligible to possess and use marijuana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2009 | Maura Dolan
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in the dozen years of turmoil since state voters legalized medical marijuana, California's top law enforcement official stepped into the fray Monday with new guidelines designed in part to quell the ongoing friction between the state and federal authorities. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown issued an 11-page directive intended to help legitimate patients avoid arrest while giving police the tools to distinguish legal medical marijuana operations from illegal cultivators and criminal middlemen.
OPINION
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.
HEALTH
May 1, 2006 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2005 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Californians who use medical marijuana remained defiant Monday in the face of a Supreme Court decision that allows the federal government to prosecute patients who use the drug with a doctor's recommendation. The decision caused ripples across the state, the first in the nation to approve medical marijuana with passage of Proposition 215 in 1996. Few expected to see federal drug authorities renew an aggressive war on medical marijuana in the Golden State.
OPINION
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.
HEALTH
May 1, 2006 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
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.
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