Groups Threaten Lawsuit Over Suspension of Medical Marijuana ID Card Program
The Drug Policy Alliance and the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) threatening a lawsuit against the state if the recently suspended medical marijuana identification card program is not reinstated by close of business on July 19, the Oakland Tribune reports (Richman, Oakland Tribune, 7/14).
Department of Health Services officials on July 8 announced the state program would be suspended while Attorney General Bill Lockyer (D) reviews the legal implications of the program (California Healthline, 7/11).
On Wednesday, Lockyer spokesperson Teresa Schilling said the attorney general's office is working "as fast as we can" to issue an opinion on the ID card program.
Meanwhile, Oakland-based Americans for Safe Access is seeking an injunction to prevent the California Highway Patrol from seizing medical marijuana from patients who have an ID card or a doctor's recommendation.
In documents filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, ASA argues that CHP's seizure policy violates a state Supreme Court decision on probable cause for seizing marijuana (Oakland Tribune, 7/14).