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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.
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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.
NEWS
May 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
The state Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure that would authorize medical use of marijuana and would lessen the criminal penalty faced by anyone who possesses the drug. The bill was approved 30 to 12 and goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote later this month. Supporter Vivian Freeman, a Democrat, said she's "puzzled why there are so many hoops to jump through for something that's so helpful." Opponents said lawmakers should heed the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPINION
February 27, 2010
Praise for firefighters Re "A pair's little victories in Haiti," Column One, Feb. 20 As a Los Angeles firefighter of over 30 years, now retired, I can vouch that this story captured the spirit, the heart and the compassion of all firefighters more than anything I have seen or heard since a survivor at the twin towers remarked that "we were fighting to get out, and the firefighters were fighting to get in." I pray that the citizens and politicians of Los Angeles, in cutting budgets, will not be responsible for quelling these noble qualities in our hero firefighters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2009 | By John Hoeffel
A state appeals court appears likely to grapple with the dispute over whether cities and counties can prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries as it reviews a lawsuit challenging Anaheim's ban, a case that could have a major impact on how the drug is distributed throughout California. On Monday, the day before their decision was due, judges in the Santa Ana-based appellate court asked the lawyers involved in the case for more information on what the Legislature intended when it wrote the 2003 medical marijuana law. The law was meant to clear up how marijuana could be provided, but it has spawned considerable confusion.
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