War on Patients to Escalate: Federal Government Announces Plan to Raid Cannabis Buyers' Clubs 1/9/98

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The following is a press release from the Marijuana Policy Project, http://www.mpp.org:

San Francisco -- Today the U.S. Department of Justice announced its plan to shut down the dozens of not-for-profit medicinal marijuana dispensaries, known as Cannabis Buyers' Clubs (CBCs), throughout California. CBC workers who refuse to comply will be arrested.

"The Clinton administration plans to subvert the will of California voters by arresting the courageous caregivers who help seriously ill patients obtain medicinal marijuana," said Chuck Thomas, director of communications for the Washington, DC-based Marijuana Policy Project. "Ironically, CBCs would not even be needed if the federal government would allow licensed pharmacies to distribute medicinal marijuana."

Proposition 215, passed by California voters in November 1996, calls on the "federal and state governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need." While state and federal prosecutors have been working to subvert Proposition 215, numerous city and county governments throughout California have established regulations to allow tightly controlled CBCs to operate.

"Local governments have passed laws to allow CBCs to give patients a safe, affordable supply of marijuana," said the MPP's Chuck Thomas. "CBCs undercut organized crime -- patients no longer need to buy their medicine from drug dealers on street corners. How dare the cruel, power-hungry federal government interfere with local laws that work? This 'Washington-knows-best' attitude results in drug policies that do nothing but harm."

When the government starts raiding CBCs, the Marijuana Policy Project hopes that the media will resist the urge to focus on the one or two flamboyant CBCs. The public should know that the vast majority are professional, well-regulated, and tightly controlled.

(Stay-tuned to the DRCNet rapid-response-team for info on how to help with this situation.)

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