The following is a press release from the Marijuana Policy Project,
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
"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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Issue #24, 1/9/98
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