Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Federal Judge Lifts US Injunction on Marin Alliance (CA) for Medical Marijuana
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 19th..
US District Court Judge Charles Breyer lifted the federal injunction against the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in light of the Congressional Appropriations Act precluding expenditure of DOJ funds against medical marijuana operations that are compliant with state law.
The court ruled, "As long as Congress precludes the Dept of Justice from expending funds in the manner proscribed by Section 538 [of the appropriations act], the permanent injunction will only be enforced against MAMM insofar as that organization is in violation of California "State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana" See 2015 Appropriations AC Sec. 538; Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)."
The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana had been the oldest operating medical dispensary anywhere prior to being shut down by US Attorney Melinda Haag in a 2011 federal crackdown against dispensaries in Northern California.
FULL TEXT OF JUDGE BREYER'S DECISION: