June 2008 Entries
The Rules Committee of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners has delayed its June 24 meeting and rescheduled for Tuesday, July 8. My petition will be considered at that time.
In the meantime, an intervenor motion has been filed (see text of motion below):
Before the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners
Iowa Department of Health
Upon the Petition of Carl Olsen
In the Matter of the Rescheduling of
Marijuana Pursuant to Iowa Code Section
124.201 and 657 IAC, Chapter 26.
Agency Docket No._______________
Petition and Motion for Intervention
abc and xyz, Petitioners, Intervenors
Come now the Petitioners/Intervenors and respectfully state:
This is a petition and intervention by 2...
Here we go again. The city of San Diego and the county of San Bernardino, CA, are claiming the California Medical Marijuana Initiative is not valid because it conflicts with federal drug law (see article in the June 10 North County Times). The ACLU is defending this one. Let's see if the ACLU mentions the fact that Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006), absolutely gives the state of California the absolute right to determine accepted medical practice in the state of California.
A June 9, 2008, story in the Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that local police and federal agents are telling the local citizens that federal agents do not have to obey state medical marijuana laws. According to Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006), the states, and not the federal government, have the authority under the federal drug law to determine accepted medical practice. Both the local police and the federal agents are acting like criminals. The question is whether the local citizens will keep complaining to elected officials or take the matter to court.
Congressman Ron Paul is co-sponsoring HR5842 (The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2008), which claims, "To provide for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States".
Congressman Paul claims to be a constitutional expert but his legal skills are dismal. This act assumes that states do not already have the right to determine accepted medical practice. Worse yet, it singles out marijuana as if marijuana were the only thing states should have the right to regulate. As a constitutionalist and former Libertarian, Congressman Paul should be ashamed of putting his name on anything that...
Much thanks to Alex from Drug Law Blog for honorable mention on his valuable blog. Alex does a terrific job of reviewing medical marijuana cases in the California courts and Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
I called the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners today to find out what will happen next with my Marijuana Rescheduling Petition and had the good fortune to be transferred to the Executive Director. The Executive Director asked me if I had any more documents to file and I said my Memorandum of Law was the only document I planned to file at this time. The Executive Director told me that the rules committee would review my petition on Tuesday, June 24. The full board will meet on July 29 & 30.