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Posted 12 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Illinois Becomes 20th Medical Marijuana State

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill making Illinois the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. “This is really an important day, I think, for healing in Illinois,” said Quinn at the signing ceremony at the University of Chicago. The new law is a clear victory for medical marijuana supporters, but Illinois’ statute is also one of the most restrictive in the nation. State legislators who championed the bill say the tight regulations will prevent crime …

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Posted 1 year ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Denial of Marijuana Reclassification Appealed to Supreme Court

Medical marijuana advocates want the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal that could lead to marijuana’s removal from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Americans for Safe Access appealed a January decision from the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court that found a lack of “adequate and well-controlled studies” proving the medical efficacy of marijuana. Even though plaintiffs presented more than 200 peer-reviewed studies, the three-judge panel concluded that the studies did not meet certain standards and …

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Appeals Court Considers Marijuana Reclassification

More than 10 years after it was initially filed, the latest petition to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is finally giving the herb its day in court. The current classification lumps cannabis in with drugs such as heroin, LSD and mescaline. The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week in the case of Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, providing an opening for medical marijuana reform advocates …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Josh Crank  
Los Angeles City Council Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

After years of experimenting with regulations and ordinances, the Los Angeles City Council announced its harshest action yet in its struggle with the city’s medical marijuana industry, banning all dispensaries within city limits. Councilmembers voted to prohibit the pot shops by a count of 13-1 following hours of debate, and the lone dissenting councilman ultimately changed his vote in order to hurry the measure to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s desk. Villaraigosa, who supports the ban, has until August 6 to sign …

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