Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

June 9, 2010
Resolution tells feds to keep hands off California medical pot

Much has happened since state Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, drafted a proposed resolution last year to tell the federal government to leave California's medical marijuana industry alone.

For starters, attorney general Eric Holder later announced that federal authorities wouldn't target medical cannabis operations and patients in California and other states were medicinal use is legal.

And California cities sprouted with an abundance of new marijuana dispensaries.

The surge is underscored by Los Angeles' efforts this week to shutter hundreds of pot shops, while allowing as many as 186 to stay open under an city ordinance passed this year.

Many of the clubs ordered to close had blossomed in town amid perceptions that they were safe from federal raids.

But Leno is pushing on with Senate Joint Resolution 14 - a measure urging President Barack Obama and Congress "to move quickly to end federal raids, intimidation and interference with state medical marijuana law."

The resolution, first introduced June 9, 2009, is due to be heard next Tuesday by the California Assembly health committee.

It also urges the president and Congress to approve "advanced clinical research trials into the therapeutic use of marijuana" and to "create a comprehensive federal medical marijuana policy that ensures safe and legal access to any patient that would benefit."

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