ASA in the News
By Kristen Moulton Salt Lake Tribune
Legalizing medical marijuana would open the door to a host of problems, including abuse by children and deaths from psychotic reactions, a Colorado drug-law enforcer warned Utah lawmakers Wednesday.
Jim Gerhardt, vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, provided the Health and Human Services Interim Committee with a litany of woes Utah's neighboring state has experienced since legalizing medical marijuana.
Farm-to-pipe: Petaluma distributor fills niche for medical marijuana patients - Americans for Safe Access
By Eric Gneckow Petaluma360.com
As medical and recreational marijuana use becomes increasingly accepted in the United States, one Petaluma company is carving a niche as southern Sonoma County and northern Marin County’s medical marijuana provider, operating with a business model that eschews the brick-and-mortar dispensary in favor of in-home service.
By David Down East Bay Express
Making extracts of medical cannabis with butane is already illegal in California, but doing it within 300 feet of a home now comes with potentially stiffer penalties. On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 212 which will allow judges who are sentencing butane extract-makers to extra prison time, based on a new aggravating factor: being close to homes.
By Brendan Murray GoLocal Providence
Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called America’s “War on Drugs” a failure and has promised to transform America’s drug policy if elected to the White House.
By Bob Egelko San Francisco Gate
In a newly disclosed memorandum, President Obama’s Justice Department has told federal prosecutors they can file criminal charges against medical marijuana users and suppliers and shut down pot dispensaries, despite a congressional ban on federal interference with medical marijuana laws in California and other states.
By Zara Zhi ireadculture.com
Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the first of a sequence of imminent bills related to medical cannabis, reports East Bay Express. Assembly Bill 258 will be in effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and will inhibit California hospitals from rejecting organ transplants to medical cannabis patients.
By Dennis Romero LA Weekly
There's been mad talk about finally legalizing recreational marijuana in the great state of California.