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1US CA: Federal War On Medical Pot ChallengedThu, 21 Aug 2008
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Egelko, Bob Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/21/2008

A federal judge breathed new life Wednesday into medical marijuana advocates' effort to ward off the federal crackdown on medical pot in California, saying enforcement of U.S. drug laws can go too far if it seeks to interfere with state authority.

U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel of San Jose denied a Bush administration request to dismiss a lawsuit by Santa Cruz city and county officials and members of a medical marijuana collective whose drugs were seized by federal agents in a 2002 raid.

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2 US CA: Doctor's Suit ProgressesWed, 12 Sep 2007
Source:Record Searchlight (Redding, CA) Author:Sabalow, Ryan Area:California Lines:91 Added:09/13/2007

Judge Decides Against Throwing Out Pot Dispenser's Claims

A federal judge rejected a government move to throw out a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a Redding doctor caught up in a sting against a local medical marijuana dispensary.

A trial date was set for next summer.

Dr. Philip Denney, a vocal medical marijuana advocate who frequently prescribes the drug, sued the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other government agencies for sending informants and undercover agents to his office posing as patients in 2005.

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3 US: Web: Column: Denney vs. DEA Heading for TrialSat, 08 Sep 2007
Source:CounterPunch (US Web) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:United States Lines:339 Added:09/08/2007

Will Snoops Get Stopped?

U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton has denied the Drug Enforcement Administration's motion to dismiss a civil suit brought by Philip A. Denney, MD. The case will be tried in June 2008 in Sacramento. Denney is seeking to enjoin government agents from infiltrating a medical practice under false pretenses.

In the Fall of 2005, as part of an investigation run by the DEA, an agent from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau named Steven Decker and an informant controlled by the Redding Police Department visited Denney's Redding office feigning ailments and seeking approval to medicate with marijuana. The visits to Denney were described in great detail in two "Investigative Narratives" provided to Denney by a concerned citizen. Their sole motive, the DEA contends, was to gain admittance to Dixon Herbs, a nearby dispensary that was under investigation.

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4 US: Web: Column: Another Walter Reed ScandalMon, 12 Mar 2007
Source:CounterPunch (US Web) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:United States Lines:178 Added:03/13/2007

Cannabis for the Wounded

Screaming Chris Mathews and the corporate media would have us believe that it's only the living conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that are deplorable, not the medical care itself. Donna Shalala and Bob Dole have been assigned to investigate the situation. A superficial clean-up will ensue -rodents poisoned, moldy drywall replaced-while the quality of care gets lauded and prosthetic limbs are presented as proof that all is state-of-the-art.

Out in California, however, doctors in the Society of Cannabis Clinicians question the care doled out at Walter Reed and other military hospitals where wounded soldiers and vets are treated with toxic medications* while the safest painkiller known to man is systematically withheld. "If anybody needs and deserves cannabis-based medicine, it's the thousands of soldiers who have been seriously wounded in Iraq," says Philip A. Denney, MD. "Cannabis would help in treating insomnia, pain, PTSD, and a whole array of symptoms that wounded vets typically face."

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5 US OR: Legal GreenSat, 23 Sep 2006
Source:Ashland Daily Tidings (OR) Author:Plain, Robert Area:Oregon Lines:134 Added:09/24/2006

Robert Kridel Is 53 Years Old, Confined To A Wheelchair And In Constant, Agonizing Pain.

Eight years ago he cut off his finger while working on an engine and after it was sewed back on he contracted tetanus, the bacteria that causes what used to be known as lockjaw.

"My muscles have been turned into rope," he said. "They don't respond. I can't believe the pain I experience."

He takes a host of pharmaceutical drugs to reduce the pain and discomfort. To deal with the side effects of the pharmaceutical drugs, he smokes marijuana.

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6 US CA: Column: The Situation In ReddingWed, 01 Mar 2006
Source:Anderson Valley Advertiser (CA) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:California Lines:169 Added:03/01/2006

Early in February an anonymous concerned citizen sent Philip A. Denney, MD, documents revealing that two of the patients he'd examined at his Redding office in the Fall of 2005 had misled him. A report filed by one of the poseurs, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent, was quoted extensively here last week. The second infiltrator, a civilian confidential informant, was the source of the following "investigative narrative" by Redding PD officer Tracy Miller:

On 09-21-05 at approximately 1415 hours, Redding Police Department Investigator WALLACE, DEA Agent HALE, and I met and conducted a briefing regarding using a confidential informant to make a controlled buy of a marijuana prescription.

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7 US CA: Column: Dr Mikuriya's AppealWed, 15 Feb 2006
Source:Anderson Valley Advertiser (CA) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:California Lines:215 Added:02/15/2006

- -A Last-Minute Twist

Led by doctors who learned nothing about cannabis in medical school and never employed it in clinical practice, the Medical Board of California decided in April 2004 to discipline the state's leading authority on the subject.

Tod Mikuriya, MD, was put on probation for five years, subjected to supervision by a "practice monitor," and fined $75,000 for the cost of his own prosecution. Instead of accepting the punishment, Mikuriya, 74, a Berkeley-based psychiatrist, has gone to great expense to appeal in Superior Court. "It's the principle of the thing," he says without irony.

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8 US CA: Column: The Raich Decision: All Power To The FederalWed, 15 Jun 2005
Source:Anderson Valley Advertiser (CA) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:California Lines:494 Added:06/16/2005

In a six-to-three vote announced June 6, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied Angel Raich and Diane Monson the right -established by California voters in 1996- to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes.

Phony Tony awards go to Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy, two of the five justices who advocate limits on federal power but in this case made a War-on-Drugs exception to their "principles." John Paul Stevens, who wrote the majority opinion, was joined by Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Steven Breyer. Scalia wrote a concurring opinion trying to justify his switcheroo. Kennedy didn't feel he owed the public an explanation.

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9 US CA: Shattered Grass?Wed, 08 Dec 2004
Source:Metro Santa Cruz (CA) Author:Phelan, Sarah Area:California Lines:392 Added:12/10/2004

It's not looking good for medical marijuana advocates in the landmark case currently before the Supreme Court. As they watch with a mixture of hope and horror at justices arguing about wheat production rather than the medical and humanitarian importance of the case, they're already asking the toughest question of all: 'What happens if we lose?'

"WAMM is a club you literally have to be dying to get into," says Val Corral, co-founder of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana.

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10 US CO: OPED: Medical Marijuana Case Affects StateFri, 03 Dec 2004
Source:Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) Author:Corry, Robert J. Area:Colorado Lines:102 Added:12/04/2004

Assault weapons drawn, dozens of black-clad federal agents, in full riot gear and body armor, burst into a peaceful suburban Aurora home at the end of quiet cul-de-sac. No, they don't seek Osama bin Laden; instead, agents scour every nook and cranny for that pernicious threat to national security: state-approved medical marijuana, used by sick patients for relief from illness and pain, as Colorado voters intended.

Inside the home, agents find a terrified man who peacefully presents his state of Colorado-issued card and certificate, the government's permission for him to grow, possess and use medical marijuana. This gentle man, Dana K. May, suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a debilitating and potentially lethal nerve disease with pain so intense that some of its sufferers take their own lives. May, a clean-cut Republican and married father of three, describes the pain as though "my feet are in a deep fryer."

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11 US: Web: Dr. Mikuriya's MedicineThu, 04 Nov 2004
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Gorman, Peter Area:United States Lines:312 Added:11/04/2004

In November 1996, the voters of California passed Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act. That law permitted patients throughout the state to use, possess and grow cannabis and their caregivers to possess, grow and provide cannabis on the recommendation of a physician.

One month later, in response to what the federal government saw as an erosion of cannabis prohibition in California, then-drug czar Barry McCaffrey held a press conference to discuss the new law. One of his props was a large flip-chart at the top of which was printed: "Dr. Mikuriya's Medicine." Below it was a long list of ailments for which Dr. Tod Mikuriya, a respected Berkeley, Calif. psychiatrist and co-author and medical advisor of Prop 215, was alleged to have claimed cannabis was beneficial. Along with glaucoma, cancer and AIDS were zingers like "Recovering Forgotten Memories," and "Writer's Cramp," that made the whole list suspicious.

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12 US: An End to Marijuana ProhibitionThu, 30 Sep 2004
Source:Anchorage Press (AK) Author:Nadelmann, Ethan A Area:United States Lines:405 Added:10/02/2004

The Drive to Legalize Picks Up

Never before have so many Americans supported decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana.

Seventy-two percent say that for simple marijuana possession, people should not be incarcerated but fined: the generally accepted definition of "decriminalization." Even more Americans support making marijuana legal for medical purposes.

Support for broader legalization ranges between 25 and 42 percent, depending on how one asks the question.

Two of every five Americans - according to a 2003 Zogby poll - say "the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children."

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13 US: Web: Government Must Correct Medical MarijuanaFri, 01 Oct 2004
Source:DrugSense Weekly          Area:United States Lines:55 Added:10/02/2004

When the government says there is no medical use for marijuana, it's just plain wrong, according to a petition being filed Monday under the Data Quality Act, a little-known law that requires federal agencies to rely on sound science.

If the patient-advocacy group filing the claim prevails, the Department of Health and Human Services will have to change its tune on medical marijuana and publicly admit that the drug is now routinely used for medical treatment.

Americans for Safe Access, the national medical-marijuana advocacy group responsible for the petition, will hold a noon press conference at the National Press Club. Reporters will enjoy a light lunch and hear from leading researchers, medical marijuana patients, and representatives from a few of the dozens of professional health organizations that have endorsed changing federal rules on medical marijuana, including the American Public Health Association and the American Nurses Association.

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14 US MI: Edu: PUB LTE: Prof's Statements On Medical MarijuanaMon, 27 Sep 2004
Source:Michigan Daily (Ann Arbor, MI Edu) Author:Mirken, Bruce Area:Michigan Lines:55 Added:10/01/2004

To the Daily:

Prof. Lloyd Johnston's statements about medical marijuana laws are simply false (Medicinal pot use on A2 ballot, 09/23/04). Johnston asserts, "There has never been a real implementation of laws (to legalize medical marijuana) because the federal law always trumps the state laws, and state laws in turn trump local laws." In fact, not only are nine state medical marijuana laws in force and being implemented every day -- protecting tens and probably hundreds of thousands of patients from arrest by state and local police -- but federal courts have put severe limits on federal government attempts to undermine such laws.

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15 US: An End To Marijuana ProhibitionTue, 12 Jul 2004
Source:National Review (US) Author:Nadelmann, Ethan A. Area:United States Lines:432 Added:07/01/2004

The Drive To Legalize Picks Up

Never before have so many Americans supported decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana.

Seventy-two percent say that for simple marijuana possession, people should not be incarcerated but fined: the generally accepted definition of "decriminalization." Even more Americans support making marijuana legal for medical purposes.

Support for broader legalization ranges between 25 and 42 percent, depending on how one asks the question.

Two of every five Americans-according to a 2003 Zogby poll-say "the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children."

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16 US VT: OPED: Federal Courts Protect Medical MarijuanaTue, 27 Apr 2004
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Lynch, Nancy Area:Vermont Lines:90 Added:04/29/2004

On April 21, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel issued a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from raiding or prosecuting a medical marijuana cooperative in California. This historic action is just the latest in a series of decisions in which federal courts have shown great skepticism toward federal attacks on state medical marijuana laws.

These federal court actions have particular significance here in Vermont, where officials, including Gov. James Douglas, have claimed that federal hostility prevents the state from protecting medical marijuana patients from arrest.

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17 US: Web: Where's the Compassion?Fri, 19 Dec 2003
Source:National Review Online (US Web) Author:Bandow, Doug Area:United States Lines:242 Added:12/22/2003

Forget the War on Drugs Already.

On Tuesday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals barred federal prosecution of those using marijuana under a doctor's care. Smoking pot under such circumstances is "different in kind from drug trafficking," stated the court: "this limited use is clearly distinct from the broader illicit drug market."

The U.S. Supreme Court recently let stand a lower court ruling barring Uncle Sam from punishing doctors who prescribe medical marijuana. California's new governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, admits to past drug use. Radio host Rush Limbaugh has sought drug treatment, forcing even prohibitionist conservatives to acknowledge the pervasiveness of drug abuse. The war on drugs is going badly.

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18 US OH: Pot RX: Will Ohio Ever Legalize Medical Marijuana?Wed, 19 Nov 2003
Source:Cleveland Free Times (OH) Author:Lasker, John Area:Ohio Lines:417 Added:11/19/2003

Nine states have passed legislation legalizing medicinal marijuana, and the Ohio Patient Network is hoping that the Buckeye State will soon join them. But that may be too much to ask of our Republican-dominated state government - even as thousands of ill Ohioans suffer.

WHAT DO YOU GET with a bong, some "sticky" and a pothead? Clouds, of course. What do you get with a Republican-dominated state legislature, and a governor and first lady with a slant against illegal drug use during a presidential election year when a proposal for an Ohio medicinal marijuana law is floated?

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19 US CA: Column: Legal DisinformationWed, 12 Nov 2003
Source:Anderson Valley Advertiser (CA) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:California Lines:262 Added:11/16/2003

There was a tense, unpleasant scene at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Medical Board's Division of Medical Quality, which was held in downtown San Diego at a chintzy Sheraton located on the 12th floor of a parking garage. Three cannabis-approving physicians had come to monitor the proceedings: Frank Lucido from Berkeley, R. Stephen Ellis from San Francisco, and David Bearman from Santa Barbara.

The agenda item of special interest was a report from Enforcement Division Chief Joan Jerzak on how many of the Board's marijuana-related investigations had been triggered by complaints from law enforcement. An assertion had been made by Lucido and others at the Board's May meeting that none of the complaints had come from patients or their loved ones or from other caregivers -implying that the docs had been targeted by vindictive cops and DAs. Jerzak's predecessor, Dave Thornton, responded at the time that there were only nine such investigations and that not all the complaints had come from law enforcement. The Board asked him to confirm the facts.

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20 US MS: Column: Prohibition Ignores BenefitsSat, 25 Oct 2003
Source:Reflector, The (MI Edu Mississippi State Univ) Author:Story, Katherine Area:Mississippi Lines:97 Added:11/01/2003

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Supreme Court ruled that doctors who discuss or recommend the medical use of marijuana to their patients could not be punished under federal law.

This disappointed Bush administration officials, especially Attorney General John Ashcroft, who sought to deter such advice by means of revocation of federal licenses to prescribe drugs to patients.

According to ABC News, a host of concerned parties ranging from cancer patients and health organizations to the American Civil Liberties Union acclaimed the ruling as a victory in their push for the legalization of medical marijuana. However, the ruling did little to change the federal laws that are already in place against marijuana.

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