Judge in CMRC Case Grants Feds Access to All Medi-Pot Patient Files

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that all of the estimated 6,000 patient and client files seized from the offices of the California Medical Research Center (CMRC) shall remain in the hands of federal prosecutors. Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr., overruled a magistrate’s order that allowed the government access to some of the files only after an independent, court-appointed “special master” had reviewed them for relevance to an ongoing criminal investigation. J. David Nick, attorney for the facility’s proprietors – attorney Dale Schafer and physician Marion “Molly” Fry – will appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Federal agents raided the offices of the CMRC in El Dorado County on September 28, seizing 32 marijuana plants, computers and thousands of medical records from the center’s members. Fry, a medical marijuana patient, and her husband were not arrested in the raid and have yet to be formally charged with a crime.
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