Civil Rights and Patient Advocacy Groups Defend State’s Medical Marijuana Law from Two Counties’ Assault

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2008

Civil Rights and Patient Advocacy Groups Return to Court to Defend California’s Medical Marijuana Laws from Two Counties’ Assault
Hearing Before the California 4th District Court of Appeal Set for 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 10 at Symphony Towers, 750 B Street, Suite 300, San Diego, California

Media Availability Immediately Following the Hearing

SAN DIEGO– The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans for Safe Access (ASA), along with the California Attorney General’s office, will appear before a California court of appeal tomorrow morning to argue in support of the state’s medical marijuana laws. San Diego and San Bernardino Counties are appealing the ruling of a San Diego Superior Court, which held that California’s decision not to arrest or prosecute medical marijuana patients is a valid exercise of the state’s sovereignty, even if the federal government prohibits all marijuana use. The counties have, thus far, refused to establish an identification card program to help law enforcement identify medical marijuana patients, as required by state law.

The ACLU represents the marijuana law reform and patients’ rights organization San Diego NORML in the proceedings, as well as medical marijuana patients and physicians. ASA represents a coalition of local medical marijuana patients, as well as the organization itself, a nationwide patients’ advocacy group.

A media availability with ACLU and ASA attorneys will take place immediately following tomorrow’s hearing.

For additional information on the case from the ACLU, click here. For more information from the ASA, click here.

WHAT: Oral arguments before the California 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego and San Bernardino Counties’ challenge to the state medical marijuana laws. A media availability with ACLU and ASA attorneys will follow the hearing.

WHO: Adam Wolf, an attorney with the ACLU, who will argue before the court tomorrow.
Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access, who will argue before the court tomorrow.
David Blair-Loy, Legal Director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: The California 4th District Court of Appeal at Symphony Towers, 750 B Street, Suite 300, San Diego, California