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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)
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BUSINESS
February 24, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
California's tax collectors still want their share of the burgeoning medical marijuana business. The state Board of Equalization reaffirmed its position that medical marijuana dispensaries are not exempt from paying sales tax. The decision, released Thursday, endorsed current policy that the selling of medical marijuana involves taxable tangible property, the board said. The issue arose in a case involving the Berkeley Patients Group Inc. The Bay Area dispensary maintained that marijuana should have the same exemption from sales tax as other medicines prescribed by doctors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001
Re "Top Court Says No to Medical Marijuana Use," May 15: Within the past five years, four of my friends and relatives have been stricken with breast cancer. Two of them died. All suffered through painful courses of chemotherapy. In some cases, marijuana was the only medicine that helped them to keep food down--at all--for weeks on end. What would the government tell those women who suffered and died? That they were being protected from a life of addiction? Preposterous! Cancer is striking a huge number of American citizens, and for our government to turn a cold shoulder on them is incredibly cruel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2010 | By John Hoeffel
With an innovative but little-known state program to study medical marijuana about to run out of money, researchers and political supporters said Wednesday the results show promise. "It should take all the mystery out of whether it works. We've got the results," said former state Sen. John Vasconcellos, who led the effort to create the 10-year-old Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. The center has nearly spent its $8.7-million allocation, sponsoring 14 studies at UC campuses, including the first clinical trials of smoked marijuana in the United States in more than two decades.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A medical marijuana advocate urged a federal appeals court to require the U.S. government to relax, or at least rethink, a more-than-40-year-old rule that treats marijuana as a highly dangerous drug with no medical value. Federal drug regulators "have failed to weigh the evidence" from a growing number of medical studies showing that marijuana is effective for relieving pain and nausea, said Joe Elford, counsel for Americans for Safe Access. In his legal brief, he said the Drug Enforcement Administration displayed a "bias" against marijuana by ignoring its medical benefits and exaggerating its danger.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has loosened up on medical marijuana. An executive order on Wednesday by Cuomo, a longtime opponent of legalizing pot for medicinal purposes, is set to legalize medical marijuana. But it's restrictive. It will still be illegal in New York to grow marijuana or import specialized plants from outside the state, Reuters reports . The number of hospitals authorized to dispense marijuana will be limited, and its use will be restricted to certain diseases, such as cancer and glaucoma, the news outlet says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
Medical marijuana advocates upped the ante in the legal battle over Los Angeles' pot dispensaries by suing the city Tuesday, saying the recently adopted ordinance is so restrictive it will cause even law-abiding businesses to shut down. Americans for Safe Access, the nation's main medical marijuana advocacy nonprofit group, filed the lawsuit along with the Venice Beach Care Center and Pure Life Alternative Wellness Center, two dispensaries that have operated in Los Angeles since 2006 -- before the city's moratorium on dispensaries took effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2012 | By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
The federal government is moving to shut down the nation's largest and highest-profile medical marijuana dispensary operation, filing papers to seize properties in Oakland and San Jose where Harborside Health Center does business. Copies of the federal Complaint for Forfeiture were taped to the front doors of the two dispensaries Tuesday, alleging that they were "operating in violation of federal law. " Medical marijuana advocates, as well as some state and local officials, decried the action, saying it hurts patients in legitimate need of the drug and breaks repeated promises by President Obama's Justice Department that it was targeting only operations near schools and parks or otherwise in violation of the state's laws.
NEWS
July 24, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
In the latest attempt to regulate what many say is an out-of-control proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, the City Counted voted 14-0 Tuesday to ban pot shops. Under the ban, each of the 762 dispensaries that have registered with the city will be sent a letter ordering them to shut down immediately. Those that don't comply may face legal action from the city. Medical marijuana activists who had packed the council chambers jeered when the vote came down.
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