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MPP's Aaron Houston on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report"

The Marijuana Policy Project's congressional lobbyist, Aaron Houston, will appear on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" tonight (Thursday). Tune in to watch Aaron get attacked by Stephen Colbert at 11:30 p.m. EST / 10:30 p.m. CST. If you miss the show, you can watch it here starting on Friday.
Date: 
Thu, 07/26/2007 - 11:30pm
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United States

DEA raids 10 pot shops

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-medpot26jul26,0,777205.story?coll=la-home-center

Detailed Compilation -- Stats and Voting Lists -- for Tonight's Hinchey Medical Marijuana Vote

The Hinchey results are in, losing by a vote of 165-262. This is only a very slight improvement over last year, when we lost 163-259. I'm disappointed. On the bright side, at least it increased by two. Suppose we had gotten fewer votes than last year? That would have really sucked. Here's a summary of the key stats:
  • 165 members of Congress voted for the Hinchey medical marijuana amendment this year (150 of them Democrats), but 262 members of Congress voted against it. Ten members did not have votes recorded (plus Pelosi, for some technical reason as Speaker).
  • 78 Democrats voted against the amendment, while 15 Republicans voted for it.
  • Nine members who voted Yes on the amendment last year switched their votes to No this time (hiss), and three who voted No last year switched to Yes.
  • 27 members of Congress who are either newly-elected or did not have a vote recorded on the Hinchey amendment last year, voted Yes, only one of them Republican.
  • 45 members of Congress who are either newly-elected, or did not vote on the amendment last year, voted No, including 24 Democrats and 21 Republicans.
  • Two members of Congress who voted Yes last year did not vote on the amendment this year, and seven members who voted No last year also didn't vote this year.
I guess a lot of Democrats are spooked about 2008 (but will they ever not be spooked?), and most Republicans are... just Republicans. (Sorry, Republican drug reformers, but those are the numbers. Be proud for at least getting the 15.) I have one more request to make of our members on this, which is to not get discouraged but to get angry instead. There will be more opportunities to take action, very soon. Following is a detailed compilation covering all the stats listed above, below the fold (meaning that if you don't already see it, you have to click the Read Full Post link appearing just below, or click through to this post's permanent web page here). Also, check back (maybe tomorrow, definitely by Friday for the Chronicle) for a report on which members of Congress spoke for or against the amendment on the Floor, and what they said. (We know already that Rep. Stephen Cohen, a freshmen Rep. from Tennessee, played a prominent role speaking in favor.) 165 members of Congress voted for the Hinchey medical marijuana amendment this year: Abercrombie (D-HI) Ackerman (D-NY) Allen (D-ME) Andrews (D-NJ) Baird (D-WA) Baldwin (D-WI) Bartlett (R-MD) Becerra (D-CA) Berkley (D-NV) Berman (D-CA) Bishop (D-GA) Bishop (D-NY) Blumenauer (D-OR) Brady (D-PA) Broun (R-GA) Campbell (R-CA) Capps (D-CA) Capuano (D-MA) Carnahan (D-MO) Carson (D-IN) Christensen (D-VI) Clay (D-MO) Cleaver (D-MO) Cohen (D-TN) Conyers (D-MI) Courtney (D-CT) Crowley (D-NY) Davis (D-CA) Davis (D-IL) DeFazio (D-OR) DeGette (D-CO) Delahunt (D-MA) DeLauro (D-CT) Doggett (D-TX) Doyle (D-PA) Ellison (D-MN) Emanuel (D-IL) Engel (D-NY) Eshoo (D-CA) Farr (D-CA) Fattah (D-PA) Filner (D-CA) Flake (R-AZ) Frank (D-MA) Garrett (R-NJ) Giffords (D-AZ) Gilchrest (R-MD) Gonzalez (D-TX) Green, Al (D-TX) Grijalva (D-AZ) Gutierrez (D-IL) Hare (D-IL) Harman (D-CA) Hastings (D-FL) Higgins (D-NY) Hinchey (D-NY) Hirono (D-HI) Hodes (D-NH) Holt (D-NJ) Honda (D-CA) Hooley (D-OR) Hoyer (D-MD) Inslee (D-WA) Israel (D-NY) Jackson (D-IL) Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Johnson (D-GA) Johnson (R-IL) Johnson, E. B. (D-TX) Jones (D-OH) Kanjorski (D-PA) Kaptur (D-OH) Kennedy (D-RI) Kildee (D-MI) Kilpatrick (D-MI) Kind (D-WI) Kucinich (D-OH) Langevin (D-RI) Lantos (D-CA) Larson (D-CT) LaTourette (R-OH) Lee (D-CA) Lewis (D-GA) Loebsack (D-IA) Lofgren (D-CA) Lowey (D-NY) Maloney (D-NY) Markey (D-MA) Matsui (D-CA) McCarthy (D-NY) McCollum (D-MN) McDermott (D-WA) McGovern (D-MA) McNulty (D-NY) Melancon (D-LA) Miller, George (D-CA) Mitchell (D-AZ) Moore (D-KS) Moore (D-WI) Moran (D-VA) Murphy (D-CT) Murtha (D-PA) Nadler (D-NY) Napolitano (D-CA) Neal (D-MA) Norton (D-DC) Oberstar (D-MN) Obey (D-WI) Olver (D-MA) Pallone (D-NJ) Pascrell (D-NJ) Pastor (D-AZ) Paul (R-TX) Payne (D-NJ) Perlmutter (D-CO) Peterson (D-MN) Porter (R-NV) Price (D-NC) Rangel (D-NY) Rehberg (R-MT) Renzi (R-AZ) Rodriguez (D-TX) Rohrabacher (R-CA) Rothman (D-NJ) Roybal-Allard (D-CA) Royce (R-CA) Ruppersberger (D-MD) Rush (D-IL) Ryan (D-OH) Sanchez, Linda T. (D-CA) Sanchez, Loretta (D-CA) Sarbanes (D-MD) Schakowsky (D-IL) Schiff (D-CA) Scott (D-GA) Scott (D-VA) Serrano (D-NY) Sestak (D-PA) Shea-Porter (D-NH) Sherman (D-CA) Sires (D-NJ) Slaughter (D-NY) Solis (D-CA) Sutton (D-OH) Tancredo (R-CO) Tauscher (D-CA) Thompson (D-CA) Tierney (D-MA) Towns (D-NY) Udall (D-CO) Udall (D-NM) Van Hollen (D-MD) Velazquez (D-NY) Walz (D-MN) Waters (D-CA) Watson (D-CA) Watt (D-NC) Waxman (D-CA) Weiner (D-NY) Welch (D-VT) Wexler (D-FL) Woolsey (D-CA) Wu (D-OR) Wynn (D-MD) Yarmuth (D-KY) ... but 262 members of Congress voted against it: Aderholt (R-AL) Akin (R-MO) Alexander (R-LA) Altmire (D-PA) Arcuri (D-NY) Baca (D-CA) Bachmann (R-MN) Baker (R-LA) Barrett (R-SC) Barrow (D-GA) Barton (R-TX) Bean (D-IL) Berry (D-AR) Biggert (R-IL) Bilbray (R-CA) Bilirakis (R-FL) Bishop (R-UT) Blackburn (R-TN) Blunt (R-MO) Boehner (R-OH) Bonner (R-AL) Bono (R-CA) Boozman (R-AR) Boren (D-OK) Boswell (D-IA) Boustany (R-LA) Boyd (D-FL) Boyda (D-KS) Bradley (R-NH) Brady (R-TX) Braley (D-IA) Brown (D-FL) Brown (R-SC) Brown-Waite, Ginny (R-FL) Buchanan (R-FL) Burgess (R-TX) Burton (R-IN) Butterfield (D-NC) Buyer (R-IN) Calvert (R-CA) Camp (R-MI) Cannon (R-UT) Cantor (R-VA) Capito (R-WV) Cardoza (D-CA) Carney (D-PA) Carter (R-TX) Castle (R-DE) Castor (D-FL) Chabot (R-OH) Chandler (D-KY) Clyburn (D-SC) Coble (R-NC) Cole (R-OK) Conaway (R-TX) Cooper (D-TN) Costa (D-CA) Costello (D-IL) Cramer (D-AL) Crenshaw (R-FL) Cuellar (D-TX) Culberson (R-TX) Cummings (D-MD) Davis (D-AL) Davis (D-TN) Davis (R-KY) Davis, David (R-TN) Davis, Tom (R-VA) Deal (R-GA) Dent (R-PA) Diaz-Balart, L. (R-FL) Diaz-Balart, M. (R-FL) Dicks (D-WA) Dingell (D-MI) Donnelly (D-IN) Doolittle (R-CA) Drake (R-VA) Dreier (R-CA) Duncan (R-TN) Edwards (D-TX) Ehlers (R-MI) Ellsworth (D-IN) Emerson (R-MO) English (R-PA) Etheridge (D-NC) Everett (R-AL) Faleomavaega (D-AS) Fallin (R-OK) Feeney (R-FL) Ferguson (R-NJ) Forbes (R-VA) Fortenberry (R-NE) Fortuno (R-PR) Fossella (R-NY) Foxx (R-NC) Franks (R-AZ) Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) Gallegly (R-CA) Gerlach (R-PA) Gillibrand (D-NY) Gillmor (R-OH) Gingrey (R-GA) Gohmert (R-TX) Goode (R-VA) Goodlatte (R-VA) Gordon (D-TN) Granger (R-TX) Graves (R-MO) Green, Gene (D-TX) Hall (D-NY) Hall (R-TX) Hastert (R-IL) Hastings (R-WA) Hayes (R-NC) Heller (R-NV) Hensarling (R-TX) Herger (R-CA) Herseth (D-SD) Hill (D-IN) Hinojosa (D-TX) Hobson (R-OH) Hoekstra (R-MI) Holden (D-PA) Hulshof (R-MO) Hunter (R-CA) Inglis (R-SC) Issa (R-CA) Jefferson (D-LA) Jindal (R-LA) Johnson, Sam (R-TX) Jones (R-NC) Jordan (R-OH) Kagen (D-WI) Keller (R-FL) King (R-IA) King (R-NY) Kingston (R-GA) Kirk (R-IL) Klein (D-FL) Kline (R-MN) Knollenberg (R-MI) Kuhl (R-NY) Lamborn (R-CO) Lampson (D-TX) Larsen (D-WA) Latham (R-IA) Levin (D-MI) Lewis (R-CA) Lewis (R-KY) Linder (R-GA) Lipinski (D-IL) LoBiondo (R-NJ) Lucas (R-OK) Lungren (R-CA) Lynch (D-MA) Mack (R-FL) Mahoney (D-FL) Manzullo (R-IL) Marchant (R-TX) Matheson (D-UT) McCarthy (R-CA) McCaul (R-TX) McCotter (R-MI) McCrery (R-LA) McHenry (R-NC) McHugh (R-NY) McIntyre (D-NC) McKeon (R-CA) McMorris (R-WA) McNerney (D-CA) Meek (D-FL) Meeks (D-NY) Mica (R-FL) Miller (D-NC) Miller (R-FL) Miller (R-MI) Miller, Gary (R-CA) Mollohan (D-WV) Moran (R-KS) Murphy (R-PA) Murphy, Patrick (D-PA) Musgrave (R-CO) Myrick (R-NC) Neugebauer (R-TX) Nunes (R-CA) Ortiz (D-TX) Pearce (R-NM) Pence (R-IN) Peterson (R-PA) Petri (R-WI) Pickering (R-MS) Pitts (R-PA) Platts (R-PA) Poe (R-TX) Pomeroy (D-ND) Price (R-GA) Pryce (R-OH) Putnam (R-FL) Radanovich (R-CA) Rahall (D-WV) Ramstad (R-MN) Regula (R-OH) Reichert (R-WA) Reyes (D-TX) Reynolds (R-NY) Rogers (R-AL) Rogers (R-KY) Rogers (R-MI) Roskam (R-IL) Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Ross (D-AR) Ryan (R-WI) Salazar (D-CO) Sali (R-ID) Saxton (R-NJ) Schmidt (R-OH) Schwartz (D-PA) Sensenbrenner (R-WI) Sessions (R-TX) Shadegg (R-AZ) Shays (R-CT) Shimkus (R-IL) Shuler (D-NC) Shuster (R-PA) Simpson (R-ID) Skelton (D-MO) Smith (D-WA) Smith (R-NE) Smith (R-NJ) Smith (R-TX) Snyder (D-AR) Souder (R-IN) Space (D-OH) Spratt (D-SC) Stearns (R-FL) Stupak (D-MI) Sullivan (R-OK) Tanner (D-TN) Taylor (D-MS) Terry (R-NE) Thompson (D-MS) Thornberry (R-TX) Tiahrt (R-KS) Tiberi (R-OH) Turner (R-OH) Upton (R-MI) Visclosky (D-IN) Walberg (R-MI) Walden (R-OR) Walsh (R-NY) Wamp (R-TN) Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) Weldon (R-FL) Weller (R-IL) Westmoreland (R-GA) Whitfield (R-KY) Wicker (R-MS) Wilson (D-OH) Wilson (R-NM) Wilson (R-SC) Wolf (R-VA) Young (R-FL) 10 members did not have votes recorded (plus Pelosi, for some technical reason as Speaker): Bachus (R-AL) Boucher (D-VA) Clarke (D-NY) Cubin (R-WY) Davis, Jo Ann (R-VA) LaHood (R-IL) Marshall (D-GA) Michaud (D-ME) Stark (D-CA) Young (R-AK) 78 Democrats voted against the amendment: Altmire (D-PA) Arcuri (D-NY) Baca (D-CA) Barrow (D-GA) Bean (D-IL) Berry (D-AR) Boren (D-OK) Boswell (D-IA) Boyd (D-FL) Boyda (D-KS) Braley (D-IA) Brown (D-FL) Butterfield (D-NC) Cardoza (D-CA) Carney (D-PA) Castor (D-FL) Chandler (D-KY) Clyburn (D-SC) Cooper (D-TN) Costa (D-CA) Costello (D-IL) Cramer (D-AL) Cuellar (D-TX) Cummings (D-MD) Davis (D-AL) Davis (D-TN) Dicks (D-WA) Dingell (D-MI) Donnelly (D-IN) Edwards (D-TX) Ellsworth (D-IN) Etheridge (D-NC) Faleomavaega (D-AS) Gillibrand (D-NY) Gordon (D-TN) Green, Gene (D-TX) Hall (D-NY) Herseth (D-SD) Hill (D-IN) Hinojosa (D-TX) Holden (D-PA) Jefferson (D-LA) Kagen (D-WI) Klein (D-FL) Lampson (D-TX) Larsen (D-WA) Levin (D-MI) Lipinski (D-IL) Lynch (D-MA) Mahoney (D-FL) Matheson (D-UT) McIntyre (D-NC) McNerney (D-CA) Meek (D-FL) Meeks (D-NY) Miller (D-NC) Mollohan (D-WV) Murphy, Patrick (D-PA) Ortiz (D-TX) Pomeroy (D-ND) Rahall (D-WV) Reyes (D-TX) Ross (D-AR) Salazar (D-CO) Schwartz (D-PA) Shuler (D-NC) Skelton (D-MO) Smith (D-WA) Snyder (D-AR) Space (D-OH) Spratt (D-SC) Stupak (D-MI) Tanner (D-TN) Taylor (D-MS) Thompson (D-MS) Visclosky (D-IN) Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) Wilson (D-OH) ... while 15 Republicans voted for it: Bartlett (R-MD) Broun (R-GA) Campbell (R-CA) Flake (R-AZ) Garrett (R-NJ) Gilchrest (R-MD) Johnson (R-IL) LaTourette (R-OH) Paul (R-TX) Porter (R-NV) Rehberg (R-MT) Renzi (R-AZ) Rohrabacher (R-CA) Royce (R-CA) Tancredo (R-CO) Nine members who voted Yes on the amendment last year switched their votes to No this time (hiss): Brown (D-FL) Burton (R-IN) Butterfield (D-NC) Clyburn (D-SC) Dicks (D-WA) Jefferson (D-LA) Meeks (D-NY) Smith (D-WA) Thompson (D-MS) ... while three who voted No last year switched to Yes: Emanuel (D-IL) Peterson (D-MN) Renzi (R-AZ) There are 27 members of Congress who were either elected for the first time last November, or did not have a vote recorded on the Hinchey amendment last year, who voted Yes, only one of them Republican: (Most are freshmen; the several marked with an asterisk were members of Congress last time but did not vote on the amendment.) Broun (R-GA) Christensen (D-VI)* Cohen (D-TN) Courtney (D-CT) Ellison (D-MN) Giffords (D-AZ) Gonzalez (D-TX)* Hare (D-IL) Hirono (D-HI) Hodes (D-NH) Johnson (D-GA) Kanjorski (D-PA) Loebsack (D-IA) Mitchell (D-AZ) Murphy (D-CT) Norton (D-DC)* Perlmutter (D-CO) Rodriguez (D-TX) Sarbanes (D-MD) Schakowsky (D-IL)* Sestak (D-PA) Shea-Porter (D-NH) Sires (D-NJ) Sutton (D-OH) Walz (D-MN) Welch (D-VT) Yarmuth (D-KY) 45 members of Congress who are either newly-elected, or did not vote on the amendment last year, voted No, including 24 Democrats and 21 Republicans: (Most are freshmen; the several marked with an asterisk were members of Congress last time but did not vote on the amendment.) Altmire (D-PA) Arcuri (D-NY) Bachmann (R-MN) Bilirakis (R-FL) Boyda (D-KS) Braley (D-IA) Buchanan (R-FL) Cannon (R-UT) Carney (D-PA) Castor (D-FL) Davis, David (R-TN) Donnelly (D-IN) Ellsworth (D-IN) Faleomavaega (D-AS)* Fallin (R-OK) Fortuno (R-PR)* Gerlach (R-PA) Gillibrand (D-NY) Hall (D-NY) Hastert (R-IL)* Heller (R-NV) Hill (D-IN) Holden (D-PA) Johnson, Sam (R-TX) Jordan (R-OH) Kagen (D-WI) Klein (D-FL) Lamborn (R-CO) Lampson (D-TX) Mahoney (D-FL) McCarthy (R-CA) McNerney (D-CA) Murphy, Patrick (D-PA) Poe (R-TX) Roskam (R-IL) Sali (R-ID) Shays (R-CT)* Shuler (D-NC) Smith (R-NE) Souder (R-IN)* Space (D-OH) Stupak (D-MI)* Taylor (D-MS)* Walberg (R-MI) Wilson (D-OH) (At least two of these, Souder & Hastert, are known to be have always been strong opponents of medical marijuana.) Two members of Congress who voted Yes last year did not vote on the amendment this year: Michaud (D-ME) Stark (D-CA) ... and seven members who voted No last year also didn't vote this year: Bachus (R-AL) Boucher (D-VA) Cubin (R-WY) Davis, Jo Ann (R-VA) LaHood (R-IL) Marshall (D-GA) Young (R-AK)
Location: 
Washington, DC
United States

Meanwhile...

Meanwhile, the DEA raided at least six medical marijuana dispensaries in LA. Nice timing, DEA, on behalf of patients everywhere (especially in Los Angeles), thank you for your blind obedience to cruel authority. I'm going to put in another link to the letter I received from a medical marijuana patient this week. It's been pushed down by the flurry of posts tonight, but it deserves to be read.
Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Hinchey Roll Call -- medical marijuana amendment did not pass, total not yet available (online at least)

[UPDATE: I've learned by email the vote was 165-262. Don't look to the Democratically-controlled Congress to protect you, patients!] Didn't make it this time, according to the House Clerk web site. The Roll Call vote results will appear here. We are anxiously awaiting the numbers -- perhaps someone will post it here in the comments, if we haven't already done so first. Last year the amendment lost on a vote of 163-259. The reason we are waiting "anxiously" is that we want to see if there was improvement. It might be several hours, though, or tomorrow.
Location: 
Washington, DC
United States

Hinchey Medical Marijuana Amendment Does Not Pass -- No Vote Count Yet

I just saw the following on the House Clerk's web site, posted at 8:31pm:
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hinchey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Hinchey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
In plain English, this means that the amendment did not pass this time around. The question now is how many members of Congress voted for it and how many voted against, and which ones. Hopefully we will see an improvement over last year's totals. However, it is going to have to wait until later tonight, as they are continuing with to debate other amendments, before taking the time to record individual Representatives' votes on all of the amendments later. We are also awaiting reports on which members of Congress took part in the debate and what they said. Read the blog post I made just a few minutes ago for one good reason Congress really should have passed this amendment.
Location: 
Washington, DC
United States

Letter from a Would-Be Medical Marijuana Patient

Following is one of the many emails we got from people since beginning our Hinchey amendment medical marijuana effort last week. It speaks for itself -- actually, it speaks volumes:
I am one of thousands of people who need the medicine marijuana. In short, I had an accident in 1983 and fell 20 feet from a ladder. I went through 10 operations and now I have no ankles, my joints do not fuse or mend. Since I have joint arthritis, everything I do is painful. This is just a sample of the problems I have had. All the doctors I have seen tell me I would benefit from the use of marijuana. It won't replace the medicines I am taking now, but it would make life worth living. Some days I ask God to take me from this hell. I have tried the medicine marijuana once before, but just tried. My wife and I have too much to lose if somehow I were arrested for possession. So for now I say to myself, I wish and hope they would legalize the medicine marijuana before I die.
Location: 
United States

Council considers ban on pot dispensaries

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-briefs25.3jul25,1,6584920.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

ASA's Medical Marijuana in the News: July 1 -- July 21, 2007

ASA ACTION: Voter Rights Protected by Initiative Case ASA ACTION: Fighting for the Truth about Medical Marijuana COLORADO: ASA Action for Better Access LOS ANGELES: City Trying to Regulate, Feds Trying to Intimidate FEDERAL: Rosenthal to Appeal Medical Marijuana Conviction CALIFORNIA: Orange County to Issue Medical Marijuana ID Cards HAWAII: Expansion of Medical Marijuana Protections Sought WASHINGTON: Program Expansion Sought There, Too VIRGINIA: Medical Use of Marijuana - Criminal or Not? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ASA ACTION: Voter Rights Protected by Initiative Case A local California medical marijuana initiative that election officials say was narrowly defeated has become a test case for electronic voting machines. When proponents of the measure asked for a recount, Alameda County election officials said they could not provide data to prove that the machines had accurately tallied votes. ASA sued to make sure elections remain accountable to the people. “We’re trying to be good stewards of democracy,” said ASA’s Don Duncan. Medical marijuana election may head to revote by Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle An Alameda County judge said Friday she may void election results for a failed 2004 Berkeley medical marijuana measure and order it returned to the ballot because county election officials failed to hand over data from voting machines. Judge scolds officials for blocking vote recount by Ian Hoffman, The Argus (CA) Faced with accusations of lying, destroying public records and other chicanery, Alameda County officials — facing a lawsuit over their handling of a hotly contested election recount — instead protested to a state judge on Friday that they were victims of misunderstandings, bad decisions and their own ignorance of the multimillion-dollar machines used to conduct elections. Berkeley's Measure R Could Be Back In The Ballots ABC7 KGO-TV (San Francisco) A 2004 Berkeley ballot measure may be re-appearing on their 2008 ballot, that's according to an Alameda County superior court judge who found there was no way to accurately re-count votes because the registrar's office didn't back-up electronic data properly. Could it happen again? Judge Calls For New Vote After Data Loss by Bobby Carroll, Daily Californian A re-vote on a 2004 medical marijuana initiative appears likely after a judge issued a tentative ruling Thursday stating that electronic election data lost by Alameda County were critical to discerning the legitimacy of the Measure R voting results. New vote likely in California e-voting case by Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service A California judge is likely to order a Berkeley city initiative back on the ballot because of local officials' mishandling of electronic voting machine data, a public-interest lawyer arguing the case said Friday. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ASA ACTION: Fighting for the Truth about Medical Marijuana ASA’s petition to correct the government’s denial of medical marijuana has gone to federal court. ASA wants the Department of Health and Human Services to end two years of delay and respond to the petition, which outlines the substantial scientific research and government reports showing the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana and asks the government to stop saying there is no medical use. Arguing on behalf of patients was co-counsel Alan Morrison, the founder of Public Citizen’s Litigation Group and currently a senior lecturer at Stanford Law School. More info about the petition and the case is at www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org/DQA. Pot Group Sues to Make Feds Eat Words by Matthew Hirsch, The Recorder Medical marijuana advocates and federal prosecutors have never agreed on whether the drug has medical value. Now, an Oakland, Calif.-based advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access, is trying to use a little-known Clinton-era law to make federal agencies take back statements about marijuana -- for example, that pot has "no currently accepted medical use." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- COLORADO: ASA Action for Better Access Close on the heels of a victory in another Colorado caregiver test case, attorney Brian Vicente has convinced a state court to intervene on behalf of patient access and allow caregivers to help more patients. Vicente, who is director of the Colorado Campaign for Safe Access, a joint project of Sensible Colorado and ASA, also recently had an OpEd published in which he explained how medical marijuana dispensaries can both benefit the community and serve the most seriously ill and injured. Others in Colorado are hoping to help the patient collective model develop there. Judge: Colorado Medical-Marijuana Restriction Unfair Associated Press In response to a lawsuit brought by a man suffering from AIDS, a judge has temporarily blocked a state rule limiting the number of medical-marijuana patients that caregivers are allowed to oversee. Marijuana pain relief by Ted Holteen, Durango Herald (CO) Durango prides itself on being a "green" city, but two local men think it could be greener. Aamann Degarth and Eric Gay are spearheading an effort to open a local chapter of the Portland, Ore.-based The Hemp and Cannabis - or THC - Foundation, which advocates the use of medicinal marijuana in the 13 states that have legalized the practice. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LOS ANGELES: City Trying to Regulate, Feds Trying to Intimidate Local officials in California’s most populace city had only just begun the process of developing regulations for their medical marijuana dispensaries when federal officials started to undermine the process. In January the DEA launched a day of coordinated raids followed by threatening “courtesy calls,” tactics clearly designed to intimidate, as an editorial in the Orange County Register noted. Last week the DEA threatened landlords who rent to state-sanctioned public health collectives, telling them the federal government may seize the landlords’ assets. That action was followed by raids on LA-area dispensaries and a flurry of federal charges. As the Los Angeles Times editorial on the subject notes, Congress can put a stop to these heavy-handed attempts at undermining state and city efforts by passing the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment. Regulating Reefer by Daniel Harju, LA City Beat When a working group of city officials and medical marijuana advocates first met in February to decide how Los Angeles should regulate its medical marijuana market, they were surprised to learn that nobody could say how many dispensaries are in the city. No one was keeping track. Crushing Your Local Cannibis Collectives by Ron Garmon, LA City Beat White House drug czar John P. Walters isn’t a figure to command awe, so rhetoric had some considerable slack to transcend. Out in Redding last Thursday, July 12, to bestow federal benediction on a National Guard/Shasta County pot-eradication drive, the director of the Office of National Drug Policy called on America to overcome its “reefer blindness” and realize the marijuana plants destroyed by Operation Alesia were sewn on its own public land by “violent criminal terrorists.” The meme was the message as Walters gave the money quote another airing: “Don’t buy drugs,” he declared. “They fund violence and terror.” DEA targets landlords of pot outlets by Eric Bailey, Los Angeles Times Raising the stakes in the federal government's war against medical marijuana, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has warned more than 150 Los Angeles landlords that they risk arrest and the loss of their properties if they continue renting to cannabis dispensaries. Feds indict medical pot dispensary operators by Eric Bailey, Los Angeles Times The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced a set of indictments Tuesday alleging that operators of nearly a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries — including two in West Hollywood — profiteered from the illegal distribution of pot. Authorities allege medical marijuana stores profited from sales Associated Press Federal authorities have indicted the operators of nearly a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in California alleging they illegally distributed pot for significant profit. DEA shuts down dispensary by Will Bigham, Ontario Daily Bulletin (CA) The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided and closed down a medical-marijuana dispensary here as protesters rallied outside Tuesday morning. Ex-pot dispensary owner indicted for sales at shop by Leslie Parrilla, San Luis Obispo Tribune The former owner of a Morro Bay medical marijuana dispensary was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of selling the drug for profit and distributing it to minors. Nature's Medicinal Cooperative raided a second time by Brynn Galindo, KGET NBC TV Bakersfield An Oildale medical marijuana dispensary was raided Monday by federal agents for the second time in three months. COMMENT/ANALYSIS New challenges for medical marijuana EDITORIAL, Los Angeles Times As they have for the last several years, Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) and Maurice D. Hinchey (D-N.Y.) are sponsoring an amendment that would kill funding for federal efforts to preempt state medical marijuana initiatives, and although Congress should in general avoid this kind of procedural finagling, it would at least halt the DEA's efforts to thwart the will of voters and legislatures in 12 states. And if the DEA refuses to listen, Congress should consider doing away with civil asset forfeiture altogether. Prosecutors waste resources on medipot cases by Tom Elias, Columnist, Daily Breeze (CA) There's something almost idiotic about the obviously confused and misguided way in which federal authorities are trying to enforce anti-marijuana laws in California. Feds digging deep in pot-dispensary blitz by David Olson, Press Enterprise (CA) Tuesday's raid on a marijuana dispensary in Corona is part of broader law-enforcement efforts to shut down medical-pot outlets throughout Southern California. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FEDERAL: Rosenthal to Appeal Medical Marijuana Conviction In the retrial of federal charges related to Ed Rosenthal’s role in Oakland’s medical marijuana program, the jury again was kept from learning anything about that role or program, or the state laws and local ordinances designed to protect him. The narrow evidence allowed again resulted in conviction, but Rosenthal says he should not have been prevented from calling the witnesses he wanted. California's 'ganja guru' vows conviction appeal Reuters California's "ganja guru" will not have to go to jail but still plans to appeal felony marijuana convictions with the aim of renewing a courtroom fight over state and federal laws that are sharply at odds. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CALIFORNIA: Orange County to Issue Medical Marijuana ID Cards Initial reluctance gave way to support as Orange County supervisors considered the implementation of state-mandated medical marijuana ID cards. The Orange County ASA chapter and Safe Access Now worked hard lobbying the board and convincing them to approve the program. The California Medical Marijuana Program Act of 2003 directs county health departments to issue the cards, which help law enforcement identify qualified patients. O.C. to license medical marijuana by Christian Berthelsen, Los Angeles Times Orange County will begin licensing medical marijuana use and issuing identification cards to patients who are entitled to it under a plan approved by county supervisors Tuesday. OC Supervisors OK medical pot ID by Peggy Lowe, Orange County Register Medical marijuana users will finally be able to get county-issued photo identification cards within four months even while their ability to buy cannabis at legal local dispensaries is growing increasingly difficult. A charter member of O.C.'s cannabis club by Dana Parsons, Columnist, Los Angeles Times I hadn't talked to Marvin Chavez since an Orange County jury convicted him in 1998 of selling marijuana. He was fuming about it then, and he's fuming now. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HAWAII: Expansion of Medical Marijuana Protections Sought Many states that have enacted medical marijuana laws are discovering that they need to revisit restrictions they placed on what conditions may be legally treated with marijuana, not to mention how much patients and caregivers are allowed to possess. Hawaii is one such, and opinion-makers there are calling for the legislature to act to expand the state’s program. Give protection to patients who need medical marijuana EDITORIAL, Honolulu Star-Bulletin State laws allowing medical use of marijuana have been on the books for nearly a decade but have been hampered by federal attempts to undermine them. The number of patients has dwindled as they have become subject to arrest and physicians have grown reluctant to prescribe pot. Legislation that should have been enacted this year is needed to protect patients using marijuana and physicians prescribing it. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON: Program Expansion Sought There, Too Patients and officials in Washington state agree that the program there is working but could do better. Easing of restrictions on quantities patients may possess is one of the likely outcomes of a legislative process begun there. WA state’s medical marijuana rules soon to become less ambiguous by Curt Woodward, Associated Press This fall, sober public servants will convene a series of meetings across Washington state to answer a pressing question: Just how much marijuana constitutes a two-month supply? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VIRGINIA: Medical Use of Marijuana - Criminal or Not? Political and scientific issues around medical marijuana can be argued in the abstract, but it is the experience of patients and those who care for them that best highlights what is at stake. Virginia does not make exceptions to its marijuana prohibition for patients, but when a man there was busted for growing cannabis for his seriously ill wife, but no one thinks he should go to jail for it. Pot Bust Brings Up Medicinal Use Issue by Liz Nagy, NBC29 (VA) An Albemarle County drug case is relighting the conversation about medical marijuana. Gary Peck was on the receiving end of the biggest pot bust ever in the county, but won't go to jail for it. Some say the issue isn't what he did, but why he did it. ___________________________________ MORE ABOUT AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS Find out more about ASA at http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org. More medical marijuana news summaries can be seen at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?list=type&type=122.
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