Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medical Marijuana Providers Sue the Federal Government

Medical marijuana dispensary on Ventura Boulev...
Two dispensary operators in Montana have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government after a series of raids on pot dispensaries in the state.

The owner of Montana Caregivers Association, Christopher Williams and the owner of MCM Caregivers, Randy Leibenguth filed their claim at the U.S. District Court in Missoula Tuesday and claim that the government's raid on their business was unconstitutional.

Williams and Leibenguth claim that because the U.S. Constitution does not expressly grant the government powers over medical marijuana, the government violated the 10th Amendment to overrule Montana's medical marijuana laws.

They also say the government's ultimate goal is to shut down the entire medical marijuana industry.

"The federal government has made clear its intent to threaten and eventually eliminate any business or enterprise related to the medical use of marijuana," Williams and Leibenguth say in the lawsuit.

Although the plaintiffs haven't been charged with a crime, they are asking Judge Donald Molloy to declare the raids unconstitutional and prevent the government from threatening, interfering or prosecuting them for activities allowed under state law.

They are also asking to be compensated for damages, but do not specify an amount.
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