On November 27, the US Supreme Court said that it would hear an appeal pitting the federal government against the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative. The legal conflict has dragged on since California voters passed a med-pot ballot initiative in 1996.
In 1998, the US Justice Department won an injunction from District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco, prohibiting the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative and other similar medicinal marijuana clubs from distributing cannabis.
In 1999, an appeals court sided with the club.
In July 2000, Judge Breyer said the club could give marijuana only to sick people facing “imminent harm” from serious medical conditions.
The Justice Department appealed to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear their appeal, and voted to prohibit cannabis distribution by the club while the case was being heard.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case this year, with a decision due by the end of June.