No Civil suit

When the American Civil Liberties Union interceded on behalf of Michigan resident and medical marijuana patient Joseph Casias, it placed itself squarely in the middle of the MMJ debate. Casias is a former Wal-Mart Associate of the Year, who was terminated after failing a post-injury drug test. The ACLU's case is still pending, but it could set the legal standard for employer treatment of patients nationwide.

Now, some local citizens have taken a similar route, asking the Colorado ACLU (aclu-co.org) to file suit against the state to have "[House Bill] 1284 removed from our legislation, and have an injunction served on every aspect that it has changed of Amendment 20," says a form letter posted on connect2cannabis.com.

For more, we e-mailed the union's Denver location.

"Our office has received a dozen or so e-mails from patients and caregivers asking us to take action against 1284," writes communications director Erik Maulbetsch. "We were in favor of the bill insofar as it established MMJ dispensaries as legal under state law, yet we recognized that 1284 contained several provisions that needlessly restricted patient access."

That said, the ACLU has no plans to push the matter into court. "We only have two attorneys on staff," Maulbetsch notes, adding that there are full-time MMJ lobbying organizations like Sensible Colorado who can take up the fight.

"Nevertheless, the ACLU is strongly in favor of medical marijuana and drug law reform in general," writes Maulbetsch. "We're also currently supporting an effort to force the DEA to stop blocking needed scientific research on MMJ."

Bud shake

Westword reported Tuesday that a Denver special issues committee has moved a proposition to City Council that would limit the number of plants a residential caregiver could grow. Currently, the law states a caregiver may grow up to 30 plants. The new regulations, spearheaded by Councilor Jeanne Robb, would limit that total to 12. Council is expected to take up the issue next month.

• The website celebstoner.com last week reported that California beer makers are among the main financial backers of the fight against marijuana legalization in the state. The California Beer and Beverage Distributors have contributed $10,000 to the effort to beat Proposition 19.

Not all brewing companies are happy about it. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. released a statement saying, "The CBBD does not represent Sierra Nevada's political interests in any way." Stone Brewing Co. also opposes the CBBD's stance, says the Huffington Post.


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