Fed Judge Dismisses Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

Pot club advocates dealt a legal blow.

By Richard Faustino
|  Thursday, Mar 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:22 AM PDT
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Fed Judge Dismisses Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

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The standoff between cities, states and the federal government over medical marijuana and its legal status continues.

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A Federal Judge has thrown out one of five lawsuits to stem the tide of crackdowns on medical marijuana clubs, according to the Sacramento Bee.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. ruled against a suit filed last November by Sacramento-based El Camino Wellness Center and an AIDS patient who uses medical marijuana.  The suit targeted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, D.E.A. chief Michelle Leonhart and the U.S. attorney in Sacramento, Benjamin Wagner.

Wagner and other state attorneys have said they are not targeting people who are ill but are focusing on pot clubs who make ten's of thousands of dollars per day in cash transactions. They want to reel in the unregulated profits made by merchants and growers. Wagner has said many clubs in Sacramento charge incredibly high markups on pot.  

Most of the harvesting of medical marijuana grown in California takes place in the Central Valley.  And Federal agents will be focusing their efforts there in the coming weeks. Federal regulations makes it illegal to sell or grow marijuana even if state voters approve the measure.

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