November 30, 2003
Columnist Patt Morrison is right to rejoice in the justice and mercy shown by Judge A. Howard Matz in refusing to send medical marijuana defendant Scott Imler to jail for the "crime" of helping people battling AIDS and cancer (Nov. 25). But such acts of sanity could soon be illegal if Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) has his way. Souder, chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees drug policy issues, is now seeking co-sponsors for the Drug Sentencing Reform Act, a bill that would take away nearly all of the grounds upon which judges like Matz can show mercy to defendants who deserve it. Indeed, the measure would treat medical marijuana providers like Imler as being worse than child molesters under federal law. Appallingly, Souder's bill would increase the punishment for those who provide high-quality medical marijuana to patients -- who can be harmed by having to use low-potency marijuana that requires inhalation of larger amounts of irritating smoke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2009 |
Advocates for legalizing marijuana have released a new television advertisement calling for the drug to be decriminalized and taxed to help solve California's budget crunch. But the controversial topic of pot and taxes has proven too hot for several broadcast affiliates to handle, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, the national pro-pot group that is sponsoring the ad campaign.
February 14, 2009
Re "Judge backs inmate cuts," Feb. 10 Our prisons are so grossly overcrowded that the people locked in them aren't getting the healthcare required by law. Yet at a time of budgetary crisis, our state government leaders would rather engage in a lengthy legal battle than find a way to safely reduce the prison population. I'm convinced that the biggest thing standing in the way of limiting the number of people we lock up is not real concern for public safety, but the effective lobbying efforts of those who make their living in the prison/industrial complex.
December 5, 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court case Ashcroft vs. Raich is an important one in the effort to help America's young people understand that smoked marijuana is not medicine ("The Plaintiff," by Carol Mithers, Nov. 14). Although the drug legalizers have successfully convinced a vast number of Americans that marijuana is good, parents and grandparents who have watched their children fall prey to this myth will tell you otherwise. There are currently 182,000 young people in treatment for marijuana-related problems.
July 20, 2009 |
Marcy Duda, a former home health aide with four children and two granddaughters, never dreamed she'd be publicly touting the medical benefits of pot. But marijuana, says the 48-year-old Ware, Mass., resident, is the only thing that even begins to control the migraine headaches that plague her nine days a month, which she describes as feeling like "hot, hot ice picks in the left side of my head." Duda has always had migraines.
September 30, 2012
Re "In a haze on pot policy," Editorial, Sept. 27 Sacramento should clarify California's hazy medical marijuana laws. But the L.A. City Council bears the bulk of the responsibility for the mess locally. The City Council banned dispensaries after a court decision indicated that issuing a limited number of dispensary permits could be preempted by federal law. But the state Supreme Court dismissed that case, and it is only binding in Long Beach. Meanwhile, the court is considering whether banning dispensaries violates state law. If the council's goal was to avoid a legal mess, it failed miserably.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2009 |
Los Angeles County, which has seen a whirlwind expansion in medical marijuana dispensaries this year, has notched another marijuana milestone. The county has moved to No. 5 for the amount seized in the state's annual eradication campaign, with 340,187 pot plants uprooted -- more than a fourfold increase. Statewide, the 27-year-old effort, known as the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, found and destroyed almost 4.5 million plants in 41 counties, up from 2.9 million seized in each of the two prior years' growing season.
October 20, 2009 |
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said today the Obama administration is officially reversing the federal stance on medical marijuana and ordering authorities not to arrest or charge any users and suppliers who conform to state laws. In guidelines issued today, Justice Department officials are telling prosecutors and federal drug agents that they have more important things to do than to arrest people who obey state laws that allow some use or sale of medical marijuana. The move clarifies what some critics had said was an ambiguous position of the Obama administration on the controversial issue, especially in the battleground state of California, where authorities have raided numerous clinics and made arrests over the years.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For more than a decade, conservative Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has formed an unusual alliance with liberals on an unexpected topic - the defense of marijuana. Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) and his allies have so far waged a futile effort to pass legislation that would prevent federal authorities from interfering with medical marijuana use in California and other places where pot use is permitted by state law. But as more states have moved to allow the drug's use, Rohrabacher believes his Respect State Marijuana Laws Act may be gaining momentum in Congress.
August 18, 2008 |
Medical marijuana use has a history stretching back thousands of years. In prebiblical times, the plant was used as medicinal tea in China, a stress antidote in India and a pain- reliever for earaches, childbirth and more throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In recent decades, medical researchers have investigated marijuana's effects on various kinds of pain -- from damaged nerves in people with HIV, diabetes and spinal cord injury; from cancer; and from multiple sclerosis.