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Again, I would like to thank my colleague Calvina Fay for her dedication to anti drug efforts nationwide. My network of Anti Drug Activists are making a difference. Check out this years attempt at drug legalization, and in particular, all the Medical Fraud Marijuana legislation. Time to wake up! Federal Level 110th Congress 2007-2008, 2nd session Pro-Drug Legislation Failed: The Hinchey Amendment, if passed, would have prohibited the Department of Justice from funding the federal governments involvement in upholding federal law in states that have passed so-called medical marijuana bills. Defeated in 2007 by a 262-165 vote. In 2008 S.O.S. started early, working with members of Congress to educate them on the dangers the passage of such an amendment would have. Our efforts paid off; Congress recessed for the summer without voting on the amendment. H.R. 5843 sought to eliminate most federal penalties for personal marijuana possession. Opposed-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. H.R. 5842 sought to provide for the medical use of marijuana by various state laws. Opposed-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. H.R. 1009 sought to exclude hemp from the definition of marijuana. Opposed-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. H.R. 6680 sought to allow federal funds for needle exchange programs. Opposed-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. S. 2111 sought to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow State and local educational agencies and schools to increase implementation of early intervention services, particularly school-wide positive behavior supports. This bill appeared to take money away from effective intervention services and remove any consequence for bad behavior. This bill was supported by Drug Policy Alliance, George Soros pro-drug organization. Opposed in its current form since it leaves many unanswered questions-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. Anti-Drug Legislation Failed: H.R. 6486 Drug Test Integrity Act of 208 would prohibit the manufacture, marketing, sale or shipment in interstate commerce of products designed to assist in defrauding a drug test. Supported-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. H.R. 1118 sought to enhance criminal penalties for drug trafficking offenses relating to distribution of heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine and distribution to and employing or involving children, and for other purposes. Supported-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. S.3361 sought to require states to implement drug testing programs for applicants and recipients of TANF funds. Supported-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. S. 1211 sought to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide enhanced penalties for marketing controlled substances to minors. Supported-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. S. 3379 sought to provide grants to establish veterans treatment courts. Supported-Failed, no action was taken by Congress. This bill cannot be carried over to the 111th Congressional session without being re-introduced. Anti-Drug Legislation Passed: H.R. 6353 sought to amend the Control Substances Act to address online pharmacies. Supported-Passed both House and Senate and was signed by the President on 10/15/08. State Level 2008 2008 has shown an extraordinary increase in drug legalization efforts and activities. During this period, no less than 64 different pieces of pro-legalization legislation and 27 petitions or ballot initiatives have been filed in 26 states across the nation. Of the 64 legislative efforts, 58 failed or were unable to make it out of committee, 2 are still open, and 4 have passed. Of the 4 that passed, 3 were vetoed by the Governor (HI HB 2675, RI HB 7888, and CA AB 2279) and 1 (VT HB 267) cannot go into effect until Congress amends the definition of marijuana. Of the 27 ballot initiatives or petitions; 15 failed or were unable to qualify for the ballot, and 12 have passed. Of the 12 ballot initiatives or petitions that have passed, 3 (the Hailey marijuana initiatives) are being fought by city officials who have filed lawsuits against enforcing them. 2008 has seen successful with the introduction of 32 legislative bills that strengthen our efforts to combat drug use and abuse. Of the 32 introduced bills; 15 have passed, 2 remain open, and 15 were not acted on before adjournment. In addition to monitoring legislation,impartial, ballot initiative and petition, SOS is monitoring states where we know proponents of medical fraud marijuana are seeking support. These states include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Dakota,Despite the attacks on his daughter, Texas and Virginia. Pro-Drug Legislation Passed: California ?AB 2279 would protect those using marijuana in the workplace under the guise of medicine, making it impossible to have a drug free work environment. Opposed-Passed the Assembly and Senate but was vetoed by the governor. Hawaii ?HB 2675 HD2 SD1 (originally HB 2675) sought to create a medical marijuana task force to examine issues regarding adequate supplies of medical marijuana for qualified patients, distinguishing between mature and immature plants under current law, the feasibility of constructing secure growing facilities for medical marijuana patients to use to produce their medicine, and study inter-island travel issues related to medical marijuana. Opposed-Passed and vetoed by Governor. Senate voted to override Governors veto,That is at least, however, the House decided not to act on veto. Rhode Island ?H7888 would change the current medical marijuana act to include the creation of compassion centers- pot dispensaries. Opposed-Passed and Governor vetoed. Vermont ?HB 267 would allow for the use of industrial hemp. Opposed-Passed but will not take effect until such time as the United States Congress amends the definition of marijuana. Pro-Drug Legislation Failed: Alabama ?HB 679 sought to allow medical marijuana. Opposed-Died in Committee. California ?SB 1098 creates tax amnesty for pot dispensaries. Opposed-Died in committee. ?SJR 20 urges Congress and the President to mandate the DEA and other organizations to uphold state law in violation of federal law and allow for so-called medical marijuana. Opposed-Failed. 8/31/08 was the last day for the Assembly to pass bills, no action was taken on SJR 20 and it cannot be carried over to the 2009 session. ?AB 2743 would make it illegal for state and local law enforcement to assist federal agencies with enforcement of federal drug laws. Opposed-8/31/08 was the last day for the Assembly to pass bills, no action was taken on AB 2743 and it cannot be carried over to the 2009 session. Hawaii ?HB 2067 & SB 2547 sought to establish a committee that may add other medical conditions to the definition of "debilitating medical condition" for the purpose of medical marijuana use; amends the definitions of "primary caregiver" and "written certification; defines "adequate supply" to include seven plants and three ounces of usable marijuana; adds definition for "registration" and amends the registration requirements. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 2673 would have created state protection for state employees who are medical marijuana users. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 2676 would allow a person 21 years of age or older to possess up to 1 oz. of marijuana. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 2674 would increase the amount of marijuana plants to be grown in a garden area. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 2677 sought to make marijuana law enforcements lowest priority. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HR 262 Marijuana Law enforcement- made lowest priority. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next session. ?HCR 301 and HR 251 urged federal agencies involved in classifying controlled substances to consider reclassifying marijuana as a schedule III substance. Opposed- Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next session. ?HCR 316 sought to make marijuana law enforcements lowest priority. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 2678 sought to authorize the establishment of a secure growing facility for the production of medical marijuana for not more than fourteen qualified patients. Opposed-Committee deferred measure. ?HB 2871 Appropriated funds for the University of Hawaii to study the medical efficacy of marijuana. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HR 49 requested that Maui implement various measures of medical marijuana in county. Opposed-Failed, committee recommended measure be deferred. ?SB 905, Established a committee that may add other medical conditions to the definition of "debilitating medical condition" for the purpose of medical marijuana use; amends the definitions of "primary caregiver" and "written certification"; defined "adequate supply" to include seven plants and three ounces of usable marijuana; added definition for "registration" and amended the registration requirements. Opposed-Failed, passed Senate in 2007 and was carried over to the 2008 session where it died in the House and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 300 Transferred medical marijuana program from department of public safety to department of health and requires it to consider new debilitating conditions for marijuana use. Clarifies amount of marijuana that may be possessed. Reduced role of physicians to ensure that they would not be subject to federal charges. Opposed-Failed, carried over from 2007 session, died in the House and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?SB 1296 Made possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation; imposes an unspecified fine. Opposed-Failed, carried over from 2007 session and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 1711 Reclassified possession of less than one ounce of marijuana from a petty misdemeanor to a violation. Opposed-Failed, was carried over from 2007 session and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 493 Increased the amount of marijuana a qualifying patient may have as an adequate supply from 3 to 6 mature plants, from 4 immature plants to 18 seedlings, and from 1 ounce to 24 ounces of usable marijuana. Established reciprocity with other states having medical marijuana laws. Opposed-Failed, was carried over from 2007 session and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 680 Reclassified possession of less than one ounce of marijuana from a petty misdemeanor to a violation. Opposed-Failed, was carried over from 2007 session and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?SB 65 Reduced penalties for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana to a violation rather than a petty misdemeanor. Opposed-Failed, carried over from 2007 session and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?HB 1535 Legalized and regulated the possession and production of, and commerce involving, industrial hemp. Opposed-Failed, carried over from 2007 session and cannot be carried over to next years session. Illinois ?HB 5499 provided for registry card for possession and cultivation of marijuana. Opposed-Tabled by sponsor on 3/6/08. ?SB 2865/HB 5938 sought to allow medical marijuana. Opposed-Failed, Illinois legislature did not take action and bills will not carry over to 2009 session without being reintroduced. Kansas ?SB 556, a medical marijuana defense bill. Opposed-Died in committee. Massachusetts ?SB 1121 sought to replace criminal penalties of one ounce of marijuana with a civil fine. Opposed-Failed, legislature did not take action. ?HB 2247 sought to allow for marijuana as a so-called medicine. Opposed-Failed, legislature did not take action. ?SB 1011 sought to decriminalize 1ounce or less of marijuana. Opposed-Failed, legislature did not take action. ?SB 944 medical fraud marijuana. Opposed-Failed, legislature did not take action. Michigan ?HB 4038 medical fraud marijuana bill carried over from 2007. Opposed-legislators did not take action. Minnesota ?SB 0345 sought to allow for the use of marijuana as a so-called medicine. Opposed-Failed, passed the Senate and then died in the House. ?HF 2168/SF3537 would allow for the use of industrial hemp. Opposed-Died in Committee. Missouri ?HB 1830 sought reclassification of marijuana and to legalize its use for medical purposes. Opposed-legislation adjourned without taking action and cannot be carried over to next session. New Hampshire ?HB 1623 sought to replace criminal penalties for an ounce and a quarter or marijuana with a violation. Opposed- Died in the Senate ? HB 1567 sought to decriminalize a quarter ounce of pot for all purposes. Opposed-Died in Committee. ? HB 1559 sought to allow home confinement for any amount of marijuana possession. Opposed- Died in Committee. New York ? S6303 & A4867 medical marijuana bills. Opposed-Assembly bill passed but Senate companion bill was not acted on. Senate bill cannot be carried over to next years session. ?S4768 sought to allow the use of marijuana as a so-called medicine. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. North Carolina ?H 2405 sought to create a commission to study marijuana as a so-called medicine. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. Ohio ?SB 343 Medical Compassion Act sought to legalize marijuana as a co-called medicine. Opposed-Failed, bill had its first statutory hearing and will have to be re-introduced in 2009. Oklahoma ?SB 875 sought to create a taskforce to study the effectiveness of medical marijuana. Opposed-legislature adjourned without taking action and cannot be carried over to 2009 session. Oregon ? HB3635 sought to allow employers to take action against medical marijuana patients but only in jobs that they deemed hazardous, leaving all other employers unable to do anything about employees working while intoxicated and /or potentially impaired. Opposed- Died in Committee. South Carolina ?S220 a medical marijuana bill. Opposed. This was a 2007 bill that was carried over to 2008 where it died in committee and cannot be carried over to 2009. ?H3305 sought to create a committee to study the effectiveness of industrial hemp. Opposed-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next session. Tennessee ?HB 0486 & SB 0641 medical marijuana bill carried over from 2007. Opposed-died in committee and cannot be carried over to 2009. Vermont ?SB 238 sought to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. Opposed- Died in Committee Washington ?HB 1395 sought to allow out of state doctors to recommend marijuana for so-called medicinal purposes. Opposed- The Washington Legislature adjourned without acting on this bill. ?HB 2124 sought to protect medical marijuana users from investigation. Opposed-The Washington Legislature adjourned without acting on this bill. West Virginia ?HB 3219 and SB 248 sought to prohibit the implementation of the Real ID Act. S.O.S. opposed this bill, believing that by not participating in the Real ID Act, West Virginia would lose the ground that they have made fighting their war on methamphetamine.Opposed-Failed. Wisconsin ?A 550 a medical marijuana defense bill. Opposed-Failed. Pro-Drug Legislation Open: New Jersey ?AB 804 & SB 119 medical marijuana bills introduced and referred to committee. Oppose. New Jerseys legislature will be able to carry this bill over to the 2009 session without re-introduction of the bill. Anti-drug legislation Passed: California ?AB 259 makes the sale of Salvia to a minor a misdemeanor. Monitored-Passed and signed by governor. Florida ?HB 173 lowered the number of plants possessed from 300 to 25 for trafficking. Supported- Passed and approved by governor. ?HB 1360 adds Salvia Divinorum and Salvinorin A to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. Supported- Passed and approved by governor. Hawaii ?HB 2346 adds marijuana to endangering welfare of a minor. Supported- Passed and approved by governor. Kansas ?SB 481 makes Salvia a schedule I drug. Supported-Passed and approved by governor. Louisiana ?HB 514 allows the initial cut-off level for marijuana testing of fifty nanograms per milliliter as provided in R.S. 49:1005(B) to be reduced or modified by any person, firm, or corporation engaged in construction, maintenance,burberry sac, or manufacturing at any refining or chemical manufacturing facility. Supported-Passed and signed by governor. ?HB 46 Reorganizes Schedules I, II, III,chaussure timberland, and V of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law to make those provisions consistent with federal law. Supported-Passed and signed by governor. ?Senate Concurrent Resolution 78 expresses legislative support for the creation of a joint legislative Substance Abuse and Mental Health Caucus. Supported-Senate agreed and the resolution was sent to the Secretary of State who will record the resolution. Mississippi ?SB 2456 makes Salvia a schedule I drug. Supported-Passed and approved by governor. Nebraska ?LB 844- re-criminalized marijuana possession (1978 decriminalized). Supported- Passed. North Carolina ?S 8 sought to expand safe zones/schools and parks. Supported-Passed and signed by the governor. Oklahoma ?HB 3148 seeks to classify Salvia as a Schedule I drug- Supported-Passed and approved by the governor on 6/2/08 South Dakota ?HB 1060 increased penalties for possession with intent to sell to a minor. Supported- Passed. ?SB 69 adds marijuana to list of substances for purposes of child abuse. Supported- Passed. Tennessee ?HB 5828 seeks random student drug testing. S.O.S. supported this bill and it was approved and placed at the back of the budget. Anti-Drug Legislation Failed: Alabama ?SB 15 sought to add Salvia to the list of Schedule I drugs. Supported-Legislature adjourned without taking action. ?SB 8 sought to add the sale of Salvia as sale of a controlled substance. Supported-Legislature adjourned without taking action. Massachusetts ?HB 1321 sought to provide civil liability of drug dealers. Supported-Failed, Legislature did not take action. New York ?A04358 & S02252 sought to increase fines and penalties for the illegal sale or possession of a controlled substance and marihuana; provide for the posting of drug-free school zone signs and provide enhanced penalties for possession or sale of drugs within such zones; defined "designer drug" and "crack"; imposed a mandatory five year minimum sentence and a 25,000 fine on persons convicted of possession or sale of a controlled substance or marijuana while in possession of a firearm. Supported-Died in committee and cannot be carried over to next years session. ?A2670 & S1447 relates to criminal possession of marijuana in or near school grounds. Supported-Senate version was held for consideration in Codes Committee however legislature adjourned without taking action. ?A1534 & S0816 would not allow for candy to resemble marijuana products or taste like marijuana. Supported-Adjourned without taking action. ?A10611 sought to prevent a controlled substance from resembling candy. Supported-legislature adjourned without taking action. ?A2079 sought to create aggravated sale of marijuana. A person would be guilty of aggravated criminal sale of marijuana when he or she stands convicted of criminal sale of marijuana in the fifth degree or criminal sale of marijuana in the fourth degree and, within the previous five year period, has been convicted two or more times, in separate criminal transactions, for which sentence was imposed, of criminal sale of marijuana in the fifth degree or criminal sale of marijuana in the fourth degree. Supported-Adjourned without taking action. North Carolina ?HB 1749 would increase penalties for the sale of drugs near parks. Supported- Legislature adjourned without taking action. ?SB 816 sought to increase penalties for drug trafficking. Supported-Legislature adjourned without taking action. Ohio ?HB 215 sought to classify Salvia as a schedule I drug- Supported-Bill had its first statutory hearing in 2008 and will have to be re-introduced in 2009. Pennsylvania ?SB 584 sought to establish problem-solving courts. Supported-Failed, passed Senate and was not acted on in the House. Anti-Drug Legislation Open: New Jersey ?SB 1060 student drug testing- Support-will carry over to 2009 session if not acted on in 2008. ?AB 1323 criminalizes the sale and distribution of Salvia. Support-carries over to 2009 session if not acted on in 2008. Pro-Drug Ballot Initiatives or Petitions Passed: Arkansas ?Fayetteville petition sought to make marijuana law enforcements lowest priority and also included language mandating city officials to write an annual letter to both state and federal legislators notifying them of the citys position and asking them to adopt the same. Opposed-Passed 66. California ?Berkley Patients Access to Medical Cannabis Act of 2008, Measure JJ. Sought to expand non-residential zones where dispensaries can locate, creates an oversight commission to promulgate standards and determine whether relocating or future operators are in compliance, issues zoning certificates to dispensaries that are in compliance,thats 7 months time. apparently, and sought to increase Berkeley possession limits. Opposed-Passed 62. Hawaii ?Hilo ballot ordinance sought to make marijuana law enforcements lowest priority and also prohibits the county from accepting any further state or federal money for marijuana eradication operations. Opposed-Passed 53. This ordinance may be unenforceable because Hawaii and the US have a pre-emptive doctrine that says that legislative bodies, such as county councils, cannot dictate to executive branch agencies, such as police and prosecutors, on how to run their day to day operation. Idaho ?Hailey ballot initiative to legalize the use of medical fraud marijuana. Opposed-Passed 58. ?Hailey ballot initiative to make marijuana law enforcements lowest priority. Opposed- Passed 53. ?Hailey ballot initiative to allow for the industrial use of hemp. Opposed-Passed 56.5. (Hailey city officials have filed lawsuits opposing all three marijuana initiatives) Illinois ?Sugar Grove ordinance would make first time marijuana possession a ticketed offense. Opposed-Passed. Massachusetts ?Question 2 also known as IP 4468 Sensible Marijuana Policy replaces criminal penalties of one ounce of marijuana with a civil fine. Opposed-Passed 65 ? Voters in 15 towns voted on the following ballot question: Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow seriously ill patients, with their doctors written recommendation, to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for their personal medical use? The 15 towns included: Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Townsend, Medfield, Needham, precincts 1 and 2 of Dover, Bedford, Burlington, precinct 3 of Wilmington, Hanson, Pembroke, precincts 2,3,4,5 of Duxbury, and precinct 2 of Halifax. Opposed-Passed 74 to 71 across the different towns. Michigan ?Proposal One: Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. This act legalizes marijuana under the guise of medicine and allows each patient to possess 2.5 ounces of pot and 12 marijuana plants. Opposed-Passed 63. ?Ferndale ballot initiative allows for the distribution of medical marijuana by the National Organization for Positive Medicine. Ferndale passed a medical fraud marijuana initiative in 2005. Opposed-Passed. Vermont ?Burlington Council resolution to explore option for handling small amounts of marijuana. Opposed-Passed. Pro-Drug Ballot Initiatives or Petitions Failed: Arizona ?Petition I-04-2008 Taxation of Decriminalized Marijuana. Opposed-Failed to make ballot. ?Petition drive for medical fraud marijuana funded by MPP. Opposed-Failed, MPP pulled financing. California ?Proposition 5 also known as NORA, George Soros Non Violent Offender Rehabilitation Act sought to decriminalize marijuana and engage addicts in harm promotion strategies, known as harm reduction,chaussures guess, instead of abstinence based treatment programs. Opposed-Failed 60. ?Initiative 07-0064 Cannabis Hemp/Health Initiative sought to legalize the use of cannabis hemp for various reasons including industrial and so-called medical use. Opposed-Failed, groups will try for the 2010 ballot. ?Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting to establish a needle exchange program. Opposed-Failed, Board voted 4-0 against. Idaho ?Hailey ballot initiative to regulate and tax marijuana sale and use. Opposed-Failed Maine ?Summer ballot initiative to make marijuana law enforcements lowest priority. Opposed- Failed to make 2008 ballot. ?Petition to decriminalize marijuana. Opposed-Failed to make 2008 ballot. ?Petition to expand medical marijuana law. Would allow a patient the legal latitude to cultivate and possesses marijuana for personal so-called medical use, required the legislature to designate at least one marijuana outlet store per county, and would also require the state to establish an educational campaign on marijuana as a so-called medicine. Opposed-Failed to make 2008 ballot. Michigan ?Ballot Initiative: Medical and Recreational Peace Initiative. This initiative would allow anyone 18 or older to use marijuana on private property and would also permit cultivation of marijuana on residential properties. Opposed-Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care was unable to submit required signatures by deadline Missouri ?Joplin petition that sought to decriminalize marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. Opposed-Failed to collect enough signatures to obtain ballot access; according to Sensible Joplin, a legalization group, they were 531 signatures short. Oregon ?IP 124 would allow for the creation of pot dispensaries. Opposed-on 7/2/08 initiative was withdrawn by chief petitioners. ?IP 130 (was previously IP 121) would allow for persons 21 years and older to privately consume,nike shox, possess, cultivate cannabis; prohibited transfer for consideration. Opposed-Failed, didnt qualify for the 2008 ballot. South Dakota ?Initiative Petition to lower the drinking age to 19 for drinks containing 3.2 alcohol or less. Opposed-failed to make ballot. Vermont ?Burlington Council ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana. Opposed-Failed. Pro-Drug Ballot Initiatives or Petitions Open: Maine (2009) ?Petition to expand medical marijuana law. Seeks to create ID program and nonprofit dispensaries. Oppose-Open, approved for circulation and is currently gathering signatures for the 2009 ballot. Oregon (2010) ?Oregon Cannabis Tax Act IP 136. Oppose-Open, OCTA has begun to collect signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot. ?IP 28 Marijuana dispensary program. Oppose-Open, filed on 6/30/08 for the 2010 ballot. Anti-Drug Ballot Initiatives or Petitions Passed: California ?Mendacino County Measure B; sought to repeal Mendacino County Measure G (2000). Measure B sought to bring the county back to the state limit, presently 6 mature plants and 8 ounces of processed marijuana per patient, replacing the higher 25-plant limit that had existed in Mendocino County since 2000. Supported-Passed with 52.15. Anti-Drug Ballot Initiatives or Petitions Open: Oregon (2010) ?Oregon Crimefighting Act IP 131-Supported. SOS was working with allies in Oregon to get this on the November 2008 ballot however due to a change in the signature gathering laws in Oregon and time constraints we are looking to gather more support and continue for the 2010 ballot. Lawsuits: California ? Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate District Division One State of California. Counties of San Diego and San Bernardinos lawsuit against the sate of California to protect the county from issuing marijuana ID cards. Supported-Failed, court of appeals ruled that San Diego and San Bernardino counties have no legal authority to resist the identification card program. Both counties took the appeal to the State Supreme Court where it was it was rejected on Thursday,What other evidences, Oct. 16th 2008. San Diego supervisors vowed to appeal for a fourth time this time to the U.S. Supreme Court. Support-Open. ?California Supreme Court. Roger Mentch, a Santa Cruz man, appealed his cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale charges to the state supreme court. He claimed that he should be immune to the law because he was the primary caregiver to the patients that he supplied. Opposed-Failed-the California Supreme Court ruled that criminal defendants are not entitled to a defense as Proposition 215 (Prop 215) caregivers if their primary role is only to supply marijuana to patients. Idaho ?City of Hailey. Hailey city officials filed lawsuit opposing the marijuana initiatives passed for voters earlier in 2008. Support-Open. Montana ?Court of Appeal, Montana state Supreme Court. Defendant, Timothy Nelson, charged with criminal possession or manufacture of dangerous drugs in 2007, appealed a ruling by District Court Judge Laurie McKinnon who ordered a three year deferred sentence subject to 20 conditions. Those conditions included that Nelson comply with all city, county, state, and federal laws and that he not possess or use illegal drugs, or any drugs, unless prescribed by a licensed physician. The Department of Corrections would not allow Nelson to smoke marijuana while under their supervision,nike shox, but would allow him to use the pill form of marijuana. Nelson appealed his case to the state Supreme Court. Opposed-Passed-The state Supreme Court ruled that the District Court unlawfully denied Nelson the right and privilege to use a lawful medical treatment for relief from a debilitating condition under the Montana Medical Marijuana Act.

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