Oakland, July 7, 1998: The Oakland City Council this week unanimously approved what are thought to be the nation's strongest and most patient-friendly police guidelines to protect medical marijuana users from arrest.
The guidelines, based on the federal government's own dosage allotments to the eight medical marijuana patients it supplies, allow patients to possess up to 1.5 pounds of marijuana (a three-month's supply) or up to 6 pounds (a one year's supply) if grown in their own gardens.
Chuck Thomas, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project (http://www.mpp.org), told The Week Online, "What sweet irony it is that these guidelines, which will undoubtedly upset people like (California Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate) Dan Lungren, are taken directly from the federal government's own guidelines. These amounts were arrived at by the federal government's own doctors. That'll certainly make it difficult for them to credibly complain. Sheer genius."
Patients may grow up to 48 flowering plants indoors, or up to 96 total (allowing for unflowering males), or 30 flowering plants outdoors, up to 60 total outdoors.
"Oakland is to be congratulated for leading the way out of reefer madness and towards a truly enlightened policy on marijuana," commented California NORML coordinator Dale Gieringer, an Oaklander.
Substantial parts of the two previous stories were reported by Dale Gieringer of California NORML. You can reach Dale at [email protected] and you can find NORML on the web at http://www.norml.org, or California NORML at http://www.norml.org/canorml.
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Issue #49, 7/10/98
Government Kicks Off Billion Dollar Anti-Drug Ad Campaign | Feds File Motion Allowing Marshals to Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries | Oakland City Council Adopts Liberal Medical Marijuana Guidelines | Reports: Correlation Between Alcohol and Crime Much Stronger than Correlation Between Illicit Drugs and Crime | Federal Study Suggests Marijuana May Prevent Brain Damage in Stroke Victims | Anti-Needle Exchange H.R. 3717 Moves to Senate | Michigan Legislature Reforms "650 Lifer" Law | Heicklen Arrested at Start of 30 Hour Protest at Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts | Special Report: Drug Policy Down Under | Editorial: Running Ads vs. Protecting Kids
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