(ASA) // The US House of Representatives was presented with updated legislation yesterday calling for cannabis to be reclassified for medical use. US Representative Sam Farr, from California’s Central Coast, is a lead sponsor. The bill is substantially the same as one previously introduced by recently retired US Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
(The Republic) // The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday about whether cities have the authority to ban cannabis dispensaries within their jurisdictions. The defense argued that distribution should be permitted, because medical cannabis is legal statewide, thus superseding local ordinances. The Court didn’t seem convinced, but their ruling will not come until spring. Roughly 200 cities and counties in California have dispensary bans.
(SFGate) // Close Harborside Health Center in Oakland and “tens of thousands of patients” will be forced to buy cannabis on street corners. That’s the City of Oakland’s argument, as presented yesterday in the on-going forfeiture case against the mega-dispensary and the US Attorney. The US Attorney, in turn, says Oakland doesn’t have any legal rights in this case. No comment from the judge on her eventual decision.
(ASA) // Advocacy group Americans for Safe Access is claiming a court victory after the California Supreme Court this week “denied depublication” of a closely watched cannabis dispensary case from San Diego. One element: the Attorney General argued that members of cannabis collectives had to contribute in some manner to the cultivation of the cannabis they purchase. The court did not agree.
"People often forget that at the turn of the last century, drugs were entirely legal," says Bay Area resident Dale Gieringer, coordinator of the California chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.