US Marijuana Party

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Marijuana group not high on Patriot Act

Troy Hooper
Aspen Daily News

America's war on terror is leaving some criminal defense attorneys dazed and confused.

In an age when 11 states allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes -- a 12th state, New Jersey, is currently considering it -- and communities across the nation are softening penalties for possessing small amounts of the pungent green plant, conservative legislators are using the Patriot Act to crack down on drugs.

At a National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) legal seminar at The Gant in Aspen this week, Denver attorney Jeralyn Merritt warned defense lawyers from across the country that the Patriot Act is infringing on civil liberties and how its overly broad definitions could impact their clients.


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