ASA in the News

Jul 262003

More doctors need to join the brave few - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 26, 2003 8:00 PM

Hilary McQuie, San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

Hilary McQuie

Every day people call me asking how to get legal. They suffer from many different ailments -- cancer, AIDS, arthritis, glaucoma, MS, chronic pain and others -- but the commonality is that they have all talked to their doctors about using marijuana to treat either their condition or its symptoms. And while their physicians have agreed that using marijuana might help, each of the doctors has declined to sign the recommendation necessary to getting access to a medical marijuana dispensary.

So I refer them to one of the doctors courageous enough to stand behind patients.

Jul 232003

Bill to protect medicinal pot users falls short in House - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 23, 2003 8:00 PM

Edward Epstein,, San Francisco Chronicle

Washington -- A surprisingly strong bid to shield medicinal pot smokers in California and nine other states from federal prosecution was defeated in the House on Wednesday after a spirited debate that centered on states' rights and even reached back to the pre-Civil War "nullification" debate. Proponents of the proposal by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, got 152 votes, compared to the 94 votes for medicinal marijuana in a 1998 House vote.
Jul 182003

Editorial: War on docs - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 18, 2003 8:00 PM

, Sacramento Bee

What happened to the Republican principle of states' rights? It is missing these days when it comes to medicinal marijuana. President Bush seeks to punish doctors who follow state laws such as California's that allow physicians to recommend marijuana to certain patients with certain conditions. The punishment is a severe one: revoking these doctors' federal prescription licenses. The appellate court ruled in favor of these doctors and against the Bush administration. Bush's lawyers, however, have decided to pursue these doctors all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jul 092003

Aschroft Appeals Conant Decision to US Supreme Court - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 09, 2003 8:00 PM


On Monday, the Solicitor General of the U.S. filed papers in the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that the Court overturn the 9th Circuit's unanimous decision in Conant v. Walters, which supports a doctor's right to openly recommend or approve marijuana as treatment for their patients. By taking this action, the Solicitor General seeks to allow Ashcroft's Justice Department to investigate any physician who mentions the word "marijuana" to patients and to sanction those who approve it for patient use.
Jul 082003

San Diego DA Meets With Drug Czar To Combat Drugs - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 08, 2003 8:00 PM

, The SanDiego Channel

SAN DIEGO -- The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, John Walters, (pictured, left), is in San Diego to talk about his program, "25 Cities Initiative," which will seek to coordinate efforts on reducing drug use in America's largest cites. He is also helping San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announce the formation of a new narcotics division.
Jul 072003

Misplaced priorities - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 07, 2003 8:00 PM

, San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial WITH ALL the Bush administration has on its plate -- the aftermath in Iraq, Israeli-Palestinian discord, homeland security, economic woes -- one might think it has no time to pick on doctors who prescribe medical marijuana. Yet the administration continues to escalate its war on medical marijuana -- and Proposition 215 in particular -- by intimidating physicians who are doing what they think is best for their patients. The White House has asked the U.S.
Jun 262003

Study: Pot Doesn't Cause Permanent Brain Damage - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 26, 2003 8:00 PM

Deena Beasley, Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Smoking marijuana will certainly affect perception, but it does not cause permanent brain damage, researchers from the University of California at San Diego said on Friday in a study. "The findings were kind of a surprise. One might have expected to see more impairment of higher mental function," said Dr. Igor Grant, a UCSD professor of psychiatry and the study's lead author. Other illegal drugs, or even alcohol, can cause brain damage.
Jun 222003

The Stupidity of Federal Drug Policy - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 22, 2003 8:00 PM

Jim Hightower, AlterNet,

Let's hear it for Ed Rosenthal! He's a marijuana grower - but before you can say "drug dealer," let me say that he grows his marijuana to be sold for medical purposes, supplying patients under doctor supervision and who need the medicine to treat severe and chronic pain, cancer-induced nausea, and other ailments.
May 142003

How Not to Write a Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 14, 2003 8:00 PM

CHRIS THOMPSON, East Bay Express,

The choreography certainly was impressive. On the morning of February 12, 2002, officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration simultaneously raided a San Francisco cannabis club called the Harm Reduction Center, the private homes of Bay Area medical pot activists, and a West Oakland warehouse where High Times columnist and author Ed Rosenthal grew hundreds of plants for critically ill patients.