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Sunday, May 17, 2009

ASA Legal Update

Sixteen Members of House, Two Senators Urge New Policy


More medical cannabis may be available for research soon, despite a last-minute decision by the Bush Administration to ignore a judge's recommendation, pressure from Congress, and the pleas of patients and advocates. Under the new administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration is reconsidering the request by a University of Massachusetts professor, Lyle Craker, to produce cannabis for federally approved research studies.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

ASA Legal Update

U.S. District Judge Wants to Avoid Mandatory Five-Year Term


A federal judge has again postponed sentencing of a California man convicted of operating a city-licensed medical cannabis dispensary. The case of Charles Lynch has become a focal point for the national debate over medical marijuana, with local officials, patients, and advocates pleading for leniency, while federal prosecutors demand a five-year prison sentence.
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