Files lawsuit against recent Federal crackdown on mmj.
Suits challenge crackdown by feds on pot shops
By Cathy Locke
Published: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 – 4:40 pm
Lawsuits were filed Friday in federal courts in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in a move to block efforts by U.S. attorneys to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries in California.
“A massive organized effort is now going to be launched to bring the issue to federal courts across the state to get some judges to look at this,” said San Francisco lawyer Matt Kumin, one of the attorneys representing plaintiffs in the lawsuits.
The El Camino Wellness Center, a Sacramento dispensary, is one of the plaintiffs in the suit filed in Sacramento, said P.J. Johnston, a spokesman for the statewide legal effort.
California’s four U.S. prosecutors, declaring that the state’s medical marijuana law “has been hijacked by profiteers,” last month announced investigations and prosecutions of dispensaries, growers and investors throughout the state’s medical marijuana market.
We would like to share an important message sent from our Executive Director on Oct 7th 2011:
Yesterday, 4 US Attorney’s held a Press Conference here in Sacramento. They threatened action against medical cannabis providers. They did say that they will not come after medical patients.
Let me assure you, El Camino Wellness Center has no plans to close. We are here to serve patients the same way we have for 3 years. No matter what the threats are, we will continue to fight for the right to provide medicine in a safe environment for our many patients and caregivers. I want to personally thank all of you for your support. We will be here for all of you. — Thank you, S. Kumar Executive Director El Camino Wellness Center www,elcaminowellnesscenter.com “A Community of Compassion”