Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Opponents Tripped Up By Spoof Site
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban in Los Angeles Halted For Now
Last months some 50,000 people in Los Angeles spoke out against the newly adopted full ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of Los Angeles by signing a petition to get a ban repeal on the ballot.
"We're letting the city council know that they can't just come in and trump the will of the people, and that when they do things that are very unpopular, the people can stand up and say stop," said Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access.
"After the city council adopted the ban, patients, collective operators and organized labor all got together and organized a referendum campaign," said Duncan, "we were able to actually block the implementation of the ban before it even took effect and so that's a tremendous victory for patients."
Duncan sat down with ReasonTV's Tracy Oppenheimer to discuss the battle for medical marijuana, which he says isn't over yet. Voters have to either overturn the ban via the ballot box this spring, or come up with their own ordinance through the voter initiative process.
Advocates in Los Angeles must be ready for more battles with the city government ahead.
Bills in Congress Would Add More Protections for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
There are several bills before Congress that would ensure that federal investigators and prosecutors would allow citizens of states with progressive marijuana laws to exercise their legal rights:
- House Bill 1983, the States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, provides for rescheduling of marijuana in the federal criminal code for the use of medical marijuana in accordance with various state laws.
- House Bill 1984, the Small Business Banking Improvement Act, includes a provision that would protect financial institutions that accept deposits made by owners of medical marijuana dispensaries.
- House Bill 1985, the Small Business Tax Equity Act, would amend the IRS tax code to allow businesses to deduct expenses associated with selling marijuana to patients for medical purposes as authorized by state laws.
Something has to be done to limit the power of the DEA, since the Department of Justice or The White House is not going to rein them in.
Who would have thought 4 years ago that we would even be discussing these things? When President Obama was elected it looked as if he was going to lay off medical marijuana. Not give caregivers and providers any special treatment necessarily, but at least leave them alone to be regulated by the states they were in.
Instead, the Obama Administration has chosen to threaten and raids dispensaries at a rate the Bush Administration would have blushed at. How did President Obama land farther right than George W. Bush on the issue of medical marijuana? And what is the purpose? What votes are these raids and threats pulling in?
Conservative, religious Republicans? Unlikely. Senior Citizens? Maybe, but is the “scourge” of medical marijuana dispensaries really high on the priority list of senior citizens? Aren’t they more focused on Social Security and Medicare?
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