The Justice Department announced
on July 23rd that it will appeal a ruling by US District Judge Charles
Breyer that allows the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative to sell medical
marijuana to seriously ill patients.
The government has yet to
file any briefs in its appeal to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Neither has it announced whether it will challenge the 9th Circuit's ruling
that forced Breyer to modify his original injunction barring the club from
distributing medical marijuana. The government has until Friday to
ask the US Supreme Court to review the 9th Circuit ruling.
On July 18th, Breyer rejected
the Justice Department's request for a stay of the order. Breyer
told the court he doubted the government's appeal would be successful.
The case evolved out of California's
successful Proposition 215 in 1996, which allows the medical use of marijuana.
See DRCNet's coverage of
this issue from last week, archived at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/146.html#calmedmj.
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Issue #147, 7/28/00
Corrections System Continues to Bloat With 458,000 Drug War Prisoners: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Justice Policy Institute Crunch the Numbers in Separate Reports | Supreme Court Rules, Federal Sentencing Structures Tremble | See You in Philly: Shadow Convention Set to Convene Sunday | Forbes Exposes McCaffrey's Crusade Against "Cheech and Chong Medicine" | Drug Policy Letter Issue Focuses on Drug War Prisoners, DRCNet Launches New Prison/Incarceration Info List | Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: Important Amendments to Anti-Methamphetamine Act | Newsbrief: Recalcitrant Feds to Appeal Oakland Marijuana Club Decision | Liar of the Week | Media Scan: salon.com, Washington Post | AlertS: Colombia, Mandatory Minimums, California, New York, Washington | HEA Campaign | Event Calendar | Editorial: Shocking Incrementalism
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