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Court Will Not Hear Oral Arguments Over Motion to Dismiss Medical Marijuana Case

San Diego courts will not hear oral arguments concerning a motion by the Department of Justice to dismiss a lawsuit filed by medical marijuana patients and local collectives concerning a flurry of threatening letters sent beginning last October to landlords of commercial properties where marijuana dispensaries were located. Property owners were threatened with criminal prosecution and forfeiture of their buildings unless they moved immediately to evict their tenants.

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joined the feds and sent out his own batch of letters, followed by raids on dispensaries that were able to remain open. “In less than five months the attack from both Federal and local officials, the lawsuits, and raids, caused over 150 legitimate, taxpaying businesses to shutter their doors in San Diego alone,” alleges the San Diego chapter of Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana activist group.

One of the plaintiffs to the lawsuit is Briana Bilbray, a Stage 3 melanoma cancer patient, daughter of Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray and sister of Imperial Beach city councilmember Brian Patrick Bilbray.

“My cancer has a 40 percent chance of reoccurrence and I'm really nervous I'm not going to be able to get it [marijuana], cause the nausea's just unbearable,” Bilbray told the Imperial Beach Patch in November.

“I respect my daughter's right to fight for what she believes in based on her personal experiences. We may not agree with our children on every issue, but Karen and I are very proud parents,” Bilbray’s father said in a statement when the lawsuit was filed.

Because oral arguments will not be heard, the plaintiffs will not be allowed to appear before the judge to argue against the dismissal of the case.

“In the event the Court grants the Government's motion, this case will be ripe for appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which is what we intend to do,” says Lance Rogers, one of the attorneys representing collectives and patients.

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San Diego courts will not hear oral arguments concerning a motion by the Department of Justice to dismiss a lawsuit filed by medical marijuana patients and local collectives concerning a flurry of threatening letters sent beginning last October to landlords of commercial properties where marijuana dispensaries were located. Property owners were threatened with criminal prosecution and forfeiture of their buildings unless they moved immediately to evict their tenants.

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joined the feds and sent out his own batch of letters, followed by raids on dispensaries that were able to remain open. “In less than five months the attack from both Federal and local officials, the lawsuits, and raids, caused over 150 legitimate, taxpaying businesses to shutter their doors in San Diego alone,” alleges the San Diego chapter of Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana activist group.

One of the plaintiffs to the lawsuit is Briana Bilbray, a Stage 3 melanoma cancer patient, daughter of Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray and sister of Imperial Beach city councilmember Brian Patrick Bilbray.

“My cancer has a 40 percent chance of reoccurrence and I'm really nervous I'm not going to be able to get it [marijuana], cause the nausea's just unbearable,” Bilbray told the Imperial Beach Patch in November.

“I respect my daughter's right to fight for what she believes in based on her personal experiences. We may not agree with our children on every issue, but Karen and I are very proud parents,” Bilbray’s father said in a statement when the lawsuit was filed.

Because oral arguments will not be heard, the plaintiffs will not be allowed to appear before the judge to argue against the dismissal of the case.

“In the event the Court grants the Government's motion, this case will be ripe for appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which is what we intend to do,” says Lance Rogers, one of the attorneys representing collectives and patients.

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This is a complete injustice. State's rights apparently mean nothing anymore. The U.S. was a Republic last time I checked. This was voted on and passed by the people of the State of California, I have no idea how the courts can shut that off like some wayward open water valve.

March 1, 2012

"One of the plaintiffs to the lawsuit is Briana Bilbray, a Stage 3 melanoma cancer patient, daughter of Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray and brother of Imperial Beach city councilmember Brian Patrick Bilbray."

How is Briana both a daughter and a brother?

March 1, 2012

It only works in some sort of science fiction alternative universe or in a world where my proofreading is sometimes lacking. Thanks for the catch, tedbohannon!

March 1, 2012

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