Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the countryâ€™s largest medical marijuana advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the U.S. Department of Justiceâ€™s attempt to close down medical marijuana dispensaries in California.
â€œAlthough the Obama Administration is entitled to enforce federal marijuana laws, the Tenth Amendment forbids it from using coercive tactics to commandeer the law-making functions of the State,â€ said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who filed the lawsuit today in San Franciscoâ€™s federal District Court. â€œThis case is aimed at restoring Californiaâ€™s sovereign and constitutional right to establish its own public health laws based on this countryâ€™s federalist principles.â€
The use of marijuana for medical purposes is legal under California law. But the drug is still classified as a Schedule I substance under federal law, a classification reserved for dangerous drugs with no real medicinal value.
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