ASA in the News

Nov 242003

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Phone Campaign Targets Lawmakers Who Oppose Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 22, 2003 7:00 PM

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.
Nov 202003

Advocacy group targets anti-pot House members - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 20, 2003 7:00 PM

SCOTT VANHORNE, Staff Writer, San Bernardino Sun

SAN 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.
Nov 202003

Local Medical Marijuana Campaign Targets Congress - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 20, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richman, Staff Writer, Oakland Tribune

Medical 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.
Nov 092003

New Study Explains How Pot Kills Cancer Cells - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 09, 2003 7:00 PM

Steve Kubby, Sierra Times

A 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.
Sep 282003

States' rights a solution to pot debate - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 28, 2003 8:00 PM

Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle

U.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.
Sep 182003

More Than Just Memories: Cheryl Miller Memorial Project in DC Next Week - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 18, 2003 8:00 PM

Phil Smith,

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) sufferer and veteran medical marijuana campaigner Cheryl Miller passed away in June, but her husband, friends, and fellow medical marijuana patients are honoring her memory in a way she would have liked. On Monday and Tuesday in Washington, DC, the Cheryl Miller Memorial Project will bring together dozens of patients and supporters from around the country, not only to remember Cheryl, but also to agitate, demonstrate, and lobby Congress and the national Multiple Sclerosis Foundation to move forward on medical marijuana.
Sep 172003


  • September 17, 2003 8:00 PM


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First tokers of Health Canada cannabis call it disgusting, want money back - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 31, 2003 8:00 PM

Dean Beeby, Canadian Press

OTTAWA (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.