September 22, 1999
Federal Judge Steps
Aside, Allowing McWilliams to Take His Request Before the 9th Circuit.
federal judge in Peter McWilliams’ federal medical marijuana case has refused
to hear a request for a modification of McWilliams’ bail requirement that
would allow him to use medical marijuana.
“We believe Judge
King is sending our request before the proper forum, and by refusing us a
hearing, he allows us to do so with maximum speed,” said McWilliams’
attorney, Thomas Ballanco. “Traditionally, federal circuit courts handle more
policy-minded issues than individual district courts. The 9th
Circuit—and perhaps the United States Supreme Court—are the proper forums
for our request.”
“I am grateful to
Judge King for allowing us to quickly move to the court that can do me—and
others like me in need of medical marijuana—the most good,” said McWilliams.
“My health fades daily, and time is of the essence. I am thankful Judge King
has allowed us to move ahead.”
says he will file before the 9th circuit as soon as possible, perhaps
as early as next week.