No restraining order against Ashcroft |

No restraining order against Ashcroft

William Ferchland

A federal judge didn’t grant a restraining order against Attorney General John Ashcroft for an El Dorado County doctor who recommends medical marijuana, a lawyer said.

Laurence Lichter, a San Francisco attorney who represents doctor Mollie Fry, said a federal judge “didn’t see a need to grant the temporary restraining order.”

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, who made previous decisions protecting California doctors who recommend medical marijuana, set a September 18 hearing in San Francisco.

It will determine whether Fry can get her Drug Enforcement Administration certificate so she can prescribe medication. It would also help decide whether she can be shielded from federal prosecution, Lichter said.

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