Friday, March 6, 2009
When a California driver's license was revoked because she used marijuana for medicinal purposes, Americans for Safe Access sprang into action to rectify the wrong by filing a lawsuit against the DMV.
After all, pursuant to Proposition 215, the compassionate use of medical marijuana was approved by voters in the State of California.
Shortly after the litigation commenced, the DMV restored the woman's license, but dug in their heels when it came to admitting wrongdoing.
In fact, the DMV went one step further.
In a training manual, agency employees instructed to treat medical marijuana like any other prescription drug.
In view of the pending lawsuit, perhaps?
When queried about that stickling point, a spokesman for the DMV brushed off any suggestion of deceitful conduct, and sworn up and down that the licensing bureau never had a policy to remove driving privileges from medical marijuana patients.
The changes in the manual were part of a planned update, they asserted.
Joe Alford, Chief Counsel of Americans for Safe Access, was pleased with the outcome.
"Drivers will no longer have their licenses suspended or revoked simply because of their status as medical marijuana patients."