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Berkeley Patients Group battles with government over medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Regulatory by Brett Wilkins

Despite a promise made by U.S. President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign that he was “not going to be using Justice Department (DOJ) resources to try to circumvent state laws” governing medical marijuana, the administration is pushing to shut down some medical marijuana dispensaries. In California’s Bay Area, Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), a medical cannabis collective serving patients since 1999, …

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Global Report: United States

In Feature Stories, Global by Chris Hogg

In the United States, medical marijuana is not legal federally but several states (California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and 14 other states) legalized medical marijuana use and production. Although marijuana was long deemed a Schedule 1 controlled drug, respect for its medical benefits was cemented in March 1999. The U.S. National Institute of Medicine released a major 190-page medical marijuana report, …