ASA in the News
Jeff Chorney, The Recorder(Tuesday, January 20, 2004) SACRAMENTO -- Medical marijuana advocates are accusing state and federal lawyers of vindictive prosecution for arresting two drug defendants on federal charges while they sat in a Tehama County courthouse.
Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee(Saturday, January 17, 2004) The medical marijuana confrontation between California and the U.S. government took a dramatic turn this week when two people were arrested on federal charges as they sat in a Tehama County courtroom.
Ann Harrison, AlterNet(Saturday, January 17, 2004) California medical marijuana activists are outraged over the arrest last week of two medical marijuana patients who face potential life sentences on federal drug charges after being turned over by local authorities. David Davidson, of Oakland, California and his partner Cynthia Blake, of Red Bluff, California were arrested in a state courtroom in Corning, California on January 13 as they were seeking to dismiss state charges of marijuana cultivation and distribution.
Associated Press, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
OLYMPIA -- A verdict against an admitted Olympia pot grower is drawing fire from medical marijuana advocates.
Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune(Friday, January 16, 2004) An Oakland man who went to state court this week to mount a medical defense to marijuana charges was instead handed over to federal authorities, who have filed charges that could put him and a co-defendant behind bars for the rest of their lives.
Heather Woodward, The OlympianOLYMPIA -- A jury found Monica Ginn guilty Wednesday of charges that she grew and distributed marijuana, sparking ire among medical marijuana advocates.
Jurors also decided Ginn, 53, qualifies for a more severe sentence because her growing operation was within 1,000 feet of a designated school bus stop. She faces up to five years in jail, but her attorneys promised to appeal the case as high as the Washington Supreme Court.
Joe Vargo, The Press-Enterprise
A Temecula couple is kicking off a cannabis acceptance project Saturday they hope will lead to the creation of a dispensary where people with cancer, AIDS and other illnesses can obtain marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Brenda Gazzar, Inland Empire Daily Bulletin
(Thursday, Nov. 27) ONTARIO - A local congressman has been targeted by a medical marijuana advocacy group who opposes his record on the issue.
Registered voters in the district of Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, have received calls in recent days from the Berkeley-based Americans for Safe Access to criticize the congressman's vote against ending federal raids on medical marijuana patients and providers.
Ethan Fletcher, San Francisco Examiner
President George Bush's drug czar John Walters came to San Francisco Monday and wanted to talk drugs, but the only drug San Franciscans wanted to hear about was pot.
Walters, the Director of the National Drug Control Policy, arrived at the Glide Health Services Recovery Center, to promote improved cooperation between the federal government and local drug treatment organizations in the nation's top 25 cities.
Josh Richman, Oakland TribuneBy Josh Richman, Staff Writers Source: Oakland Tribune
San Francisco -- White House drug czar John Walters received a chilly welcome Monday as he brought his 25-city tour to the Bay Area -- dozens of protesters blasted his stance against medical marijuana, and even his host said he'd been disingenuous.