Initial Federal Response (synopsis by Tod H Mikuriya, M.D.)
12/30/96 Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey
statement on administration's response to CCUA [pdf]
On November 6, 1996 California
voters passed the Compassionate Use Act. It was expected that state and
local officials would accept, implement, and comply with the will of
the people. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A month later a
covert campaign began to suborn and nullify the vote through discouragement
and harassment of California physicians.
Then Attorney General Dan Lungren and his senior supervising Deputy AG
John Gordnier embarked on a program to carry out the federal covert campaign.
Prevented from directly assaulting physicians by the Conant v. McCaffrey
and Conant v. Walters, they implemented a program to utilize them Medical
Board of California as their surrogates.
Careful to avoid the injunction, medical marijuana was judiciously avoided
in targetting the physicians. The Medical Board and AG's office simply
lied and said it was because of practice standards.
As the major proponent of developing and creating the law, my eligibility
consultative clinics were a red flag for rural local criminal justice
entities. The California Medical Board investigators were only too happy
to follow through with the Gordnier program from the AG's office. This
conspiracy in my case extended to the DEA undercover agent from the Sonoma
county sheriff's department.
Deputy Attorneys General Lawrence Mercer and Jane Simon handling my case
are direct subordinates of Gordnier who were present at my deposition
in the People v. Peron conducted by him in 1997.
The White House Office of Drug Control Policy Executive Office of the
President FAX TRANSMITTAL of
December 5, 1996 [pdf] Subj: Prop 200/215 Interagency
Meeting December 6, 1996 constitutes The Smoking Gun.
This document was submitted with our brief.
Parenthetically, I became aware of this meeting through a phone conversation
with Tom Gorman, senior official in the California Burear of Narcotics
Enforcement who was relieved to be returning to his job in Sacramento.
He was put on temporary leave to run the "No on 215" campaign.
Despite efforts of Congressman Ron Dellums office I was denied attendance
at this meeting. Review of the list of Non Governmental Agency invitees
Improper and illegal conduct by federal, state, and local entities documented
warrants further scrutiny and action.