ASA in the News
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Allison Hoffman, Staff Writer, LA Times(November 23, 2003) Voters in four congressional districts — three in California, one in Oregon — answered their phones last week to hear a recorded message from Angel McClary Raich, an Oakland mother with an inoperable brain tumor, boldly announcing: 'I'm a medical marijuana patient, and your congressman is threatening my life.' More than 600,000 registered voters in San Bernardino, Simi Valley, Chico and Portland, Ore.
SCOTT VANHORNE, Staff Writer, San Bernardino SunSAN BERNARDINO - Medical marijuana advocates are telling voters to call a local congressman and others who didn't support a measure to end federal raids on patients who use and grow pot. 'We are educating their districts about their voting record, so they can educate their congressmen about compassion,' said Step Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, on Thursday. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, and two other California congressmen were targeted for voting against an appropriations amendment that failed by a 273-to-152 vote in July.
Josh Richman, Staff Writer, Oakland TribuneMedical marijuana activists are trying to hit four Congressmen where they live, contacting their constituents to blast their voting record with phone messages recorded by two Bay Area women. Registered voters in the districts of Wally Herger, R-Marysville; Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley; Joe Baca, D-Rialto; and David Wu, D-Oregon, began receiving phone calls Thursday morning that told them the lawmakers had voted against a bipartisan amendment to cut off funding for federal raids on California's and Oregon's medical marijuana providers and patients.
Steve Kubby, Sierra TimesA new study published in Nature Reviews-Cancer provides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells.
The study by Manuel Guzmán of Madrid Spain found that cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals.
Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco ChronicleU.S. drug czar John P. Walters likes to dismiss the medical-marijuana movement as a cynical effort by the pro-drug-use crowd to hide behind sick people in order to legalize all marijuana use and the use of other drugs. But what Walters doesn't see is how his actions are helping the people he opposes. By enforcing federal marijuana laws to the detriment of sick people, Walters has pushed some skittish pols to take a principled stand which they probably would have preferred to avoid.
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First tokers of Health Canada cannabis call it disgusting, want money back - Americans for Safe Access
Dean Beeby, Canadian PressOTTAWA (CP) - Some of the first patients to smoke Health Canada's government-approved marijuana say it's "disgusting" and want their money back. "It's totally unsuitable for human consumption," said Jim Wakeford, 58, an AIDS patient in Gibsons, B.C. "It gave me a slight buzziness for about three to five minutes, and that was it. I got no other effect from it." Barrie Dalley, a 52-year-old Toronto man who uses marijuana to combat the nausea associated with AIDS, said the Health Canada dope actually made him sick to his stomach.