Failed Berkeley MJ Measure Returned To Ballot

Failed Berkeley MJ Measure Returned To Ballot
Posted by CN Staff on September 27, 2007 at 17:33:10 PT
By Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle 
Berkeley, CA -- An Alameda County judge has voided election results for a failed 2004 Berkeley medical marijuana measure, ordering it returned to the ballot next year because county election officials failed to hand over data from voting machines, attorneys in the case said today.In a ruling Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith also said county officials should pay attorneys' fees and reimburse a medical marijuana group more than $22,000 for the costs it incurred during a disputed recount shortly after the November 2004 election.
Smith said county officials had failed to retrieve backup data from electronic voting machines, logs of activity on the machines and other records as she had specifically ordered.Instead, the county ignored the request and returned the devices to their manufacturer, Diebold Election Systems, after the measure's advocates had sued the county seeking access to the data, the judge said."Why the county did so is anybody's guess," the judge wrote. "But the result is absolutely certain: The information on those machines is lost completely."Smith ordered the Berkeley measure returned to the ballot in November 2008 but said she first wanted to review the exact text of it. By Oct. 19, city officials must provide the court with any minor changes to the measure."Local election officials have been trying to reassure the public that their own oversight will protect the integrity of the ballot," said Gregory Luke, an attorney for Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group that sued the county shortly after the election."Now we see that not only are the machines vulnerable, but some election officials cannot be counted on to protect the vote," Luke said.Complete Title: Judge Orders Failed Berkeley Marijuana Measure Returned To Ballot Snipped:Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: Thursday, September 27, 2007Copyright: 2007 Hearst Communications Inc.Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #8 posted by whig on September 28, 2007 at 15:34:36 PT
Alameda County is not going to appeal, unless they want to be prosecuted for election fraud.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on September 28, 2007 at 07:17:18 PT
Oakland Tribune: Judge Puts Pot Back on Ballot
Not yet known if county will appeal judge's order in Berkeley caseBy Chris Metinko, Staff WriterSeptember 28, 2007An Alameda County Superior Court judge has nullified the results of a hotly-contested 2004 election due to mishandling of a recount by Alameda County election officials, and ordered Berkeley's Measure R  a citizen-sponsored medical-marijuana initiative  back on the ballot for a re-vote in 2008. URL:
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Comment #6 posted by Storm Crow on September 28, 2007 at 06:50:57 PT
You might find these interesting-IDF TO TREAT SHELL SHOCK WITH CANNABIS	Study: Marijuana Eases Traumatic Memories	Medical Marijuana: PTSD Medical Malpractice for the Wounded - Another Walter Reed Scandal and Cannabis: A Clinician Ponders Mechanism of Action Eases Post Traumatic Stress extinguish bad memories in the brain high helps banish bad memories
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on September 27, 2007 at 20:37:08 PT
Feds Raid Pot-Laced-Candy Factory 
By Paul Elias, Associated Press Writer Friday September 28, 2007SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal agents said Thursday that they shut down a factory that made marijuana-laced barbecue sauce, chocolate-covered pretzels and other ``enhanced'' snacks intended for medical users of the drug. The Drug Enforcement Agency said it arrested three people Wednesday and is looking for a fourth who operated Oakland-based Tainted Inc. Agents also seized 460 marijuana plants and other laced products including candy bars, cookies, marshmallow pies, ice cream, peanut butter, jelly, energy drinks and ``Rice Krispy treats.'' Complete Article:,,-6955240,00.html
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Comment #4 posted by OverwhelmSam on September 27, 2007 at 20:09:27 PT
Another Great Reason To Sue The Police
Not only should the Dallas Police Department be sued for trillions, but how come the District Attorney is not filing charges against these "Police Officers"?"A Former Dallas Police Officer Says Her Partner Had No Right To Search A Car For Drugs"
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on September 27, 2007 at 19:33:06 PT
I didn't post in on CNews but I do post it in a comment.
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Comment #2 posted by OverwhelmSam on September 27, 2007 at 19:11:26 PT
Marijuana Great for Iraqi Veterans Suffering PTSD
This story was not posted here, but it's great that our veteran's returning from the ravages of war can seek relief from marijuana. POT AND THE IRAQ VETERAN We're Back From the War. We Can't Sleep. We're Getting Divorced. If Marijuana Is Good for Post-Traumatic Stress, Who Are We to Deny Its Medicinal Properties? Can medical marijuana help returning soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan war deal with post-traumatic stress disorder? 
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on September 27, 2007 at 18:05:56 PT
Oh, My
Sorry, unrelated...CFR's Hart Suggests False Flag Event For Iran War:'s letter is at the bottom of the page. 
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