Preliminary Injunction Granted Against 6 California Buyers' Clubs: Medical Marijuana to Get its Day in Court 5/15/98

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On May 14, US District Court Judge Charles Breyer granted the Federal Government's request for a preliminary injunction barring the distribution of marijuana by six Northern California medical m

The ruling is expected to result in contempt proceedings against the clubs and their operators, who have vowed to continue their operations despite the injunction. "We will do everything in our power to stay open," said Jeff Jones, director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative, which serves some 1,300 seriously ill members. "The alternative that the government is giving them is the street. That's not adequate. We have a moral imperative to keep our facility open."

Defense attorney William Panzer was happy with the effect of the ruling. "We will have our day in court" he said, indicating that the federal government's continued bad faith in dealing with patients, clubs and local governments would be put on trial.

A couple of important books on medical marijuana:

  • Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine, by Dr. Lester Grinspoon and James Bakalar, Harvard University Medical School, a comprehensive discussion of a wide range of conditions for which marijuana has some medical value, including individual testimonials and a review of the scientific evidence.
  • Marijuana Medical Handbook: A Guide to Therapeutic Use, by noted authorities Ed Rosenthal, Tod Mikuriya and Dale Gieringer.
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