ASA Sues Obama Over Military Style SWAT Raids on Medical Marijuana Clinics

“Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana group, filed a lawsuit on  Thursday against the U.S. Department of Justice for its crackdown on the use of  pot in California.

The lawsuit aims at settling one of the key legal issues about marijuana use  that remains unsettled. Voters have approved the use of pot in 1996 under  Proposition 215 which exempts doctors and seriously ill patients from marijuana  laws and allows them to grow cannabis and use it for treatment, but federal laws  maintain that marijuana use is still illegal.”

The group charged that DOJ officials have used SWAT-style raids, prosecuted  medical marijuana patients and their providers and threatened local officials  for implementing California’s medical marijuana laws.

The federal government breached the Constitution’s 10th Amendment by using  coercive methods to interfere with state power, ASA charges. They filed the  lawsuit before the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

While the four U.S. attorneys in California have advised cities and counties  that they cannot adopt laws that authorize the distribution of a federally  controlled substance, the chief counsel for the marijuana medical group insist  that the government is not just enforcing marijuana laws but quashing medical  marijuana programs in different states.

The lawsuit aims to settle one of the major legal issues about marijuana  use. Voters approved the use of pot in 1996, exempting doctors and seriously ill  patients from marijuana laws and allowing them to grow cannabis and use it for  treatment. However, federal laws maintain that marijuana use is still  illegal.

The latest DOJ raid was made this month at a cooperative in Mendocino  Country that had a program to regulate growers.

The state’s U.S. attorneys said that it was profiteers who were motivated by  greed and not compassion who raised the plants and sold them even to relatively  healthy people, not to sick residents who were the intended beneficiaries of the  proposition.

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The group charged that DOJ officials have used SWAT-style raids, prosecuted  medical marijuana patients and their providers and threatened local officials  for implementing California’s medical marijuana laws.

The federal government breached the Constitution’s 10th Amendment by using  coercive methods to interfere with state power, ASA charges. They filed the  lawsuit before the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

While the four U.S. attorneys in California have advised cities and counties  that they cannot adopt laws that authorize the distribution of a federally  controlled substance, the chief counsel for the marijuana medical group insist  that the government is not just enforcing marijuana laws but quashing medical  marijuana programs in different states.

The lawsuit aims to settle one of the major legal issues about marijuana  use. Voters approved the use of pot in 1996, exempting doctors and seriously ill  patients from marijuana laws and allowing them to grow cannabis and use it for  treatment. However, federal laws maintain that marijuana use is still  illegal.

The latest DOJ raid was made this month at a cooperative in Mendocino  Country that had a program to regulate growers.

The state’s U.S. attorneys said that it was profiteers who were motivated by  greed and not compassion who raised the plants and sold them even to relatively  healthy people, not to sick residents who were the intended beneficiaries of the  proposition.

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~ by Ganja Farmer's Emerald Triangle News on October 28, 2011.

2 Responses to “ASA Sues Obama Over Military Style SWAT Raids on Medical Marijuana Clinics”

  1. This pdf explains the core issues of states rights and the commerce
    clause being used ineffectively.
    ASA is planning on filing suit against the city of Chico,Ca as well.

    http://americansforsafeaccess.org/downloads/ASA_v_Holder.pdf
    *ASA has filed a Federal lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Carmel Mireles a
    local Chico woman and cancer survivor.

  2. LOL, Marijuana is LEGAL

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