MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Lungren Threatens San Francisco AG With Prosecution
In response to San Francisco Attorney General Terence Hallinan's promise to have the city distribute medicinal marijuana if the state closes down cannabis clubs, state Attorney General Dan Lungren threatened yesterday to prosecute city officials. The recent legal and verbal war between the two officials "escalated an already bristling controversy eight days before Northern California cannabis club operators head to federal court to defend their facilities" the Los Angeles Times reports. Lungren bases his stance on a recent California Supreme Court ruling "that Proposition 215 does not provide protection for cannabis operations such as the Cannabis Cultivator's Co-Op in San Francisco" to prescribe and distribute the drug as primary caregivers. Lungren said, "[T]he city can't be a primary caregiver any more than a cannabis buyers club can." Adding that he was not surprised at the actions of the city officials, Lungren said, "All I know is that I took an oath to uphold the law ... and I would hope San Francisco officials do the same" (LaGanga, 3/17).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.