MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Judge Allows Club To Stay Open, Temporarily
Three days after he issued a ruling that would have shut down the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer Friday "issued a stay allowing" the club "to remain open until at least" today. In his ruling, Breyer said the club can stay open while attorneys seek an additional stay from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the club to continue to distribute marijuana to terminally ill patients. Breyer ruled last Tuesday that the Oakland club could effectively be shut down "any time after 5 p.m. Friday." Jeff Jones, director of the club, said, "Every minute that we're still here we are educating American citizens that we can still do this. We need to destigmatize this issue and continue to educate people on the fact that medical marijuana is a very beneficial substance to a lot of people" (AP/Los Angeles Times, 10/17).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.