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January 8, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
The judge who declared that key parts of Los Angeles' medical marijuana ordinance are unconstitutional refused to stay his injunction Friday as the City Council works on an amended version, and he rebuffed the city's request for advice on how to rewrite the law. "I don't want to legislate. I'm not the City Council," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr said at a hearing. "I really think I'm going to decline that invitation. " The judge also decided that the dispensaries that asked for the injunction must post a bond.
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.
July 13, 2011
What is it that makes marijuana more frightening to the federal government than cocaine or morphine? The Drug Enforcement Administration has steadfastly, over decades, listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has no medical value and that the potential for abuse is high. Cocaine and morphine, far more dangerous and habit-forming, are listed as Schedule II because they have some medical value. Last week the DEA ruled once again, a decade after it made the same decision, that marijuana is a potentially dangerous drug without known medical benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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