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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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OPINION
July 26, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council is plainly out of its depth when it comes to regulating medical marijuana. This was already clear after years of fumbling and court-delayed attempts to limit the number or locations of cannabis dispensaries, but it became painfully obvious Tuesday when the council approved a ban on all dispensaries - along with a separate motion to draft an ordinance that would allow well-established pot shops to stay open, partially defeating...
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.
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city prosecutors began notifying 439 medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday that they must shut down by June 7, when the city's ordinance to regulate the stores takes effect. It's the first step in what could be a lengthy and expensive legal battle to regain control over pot sales. The letters, which were sent to both dispensary operators and property owners, warn that violations of the city's laws are a misdemeanor and could lead to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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
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
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.
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