ASA in the News

Mar 032003

Oakland pot activist spared from prison - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richman-Oakland Tribune,

The federal magistrate judge who last week sentenced a prominent Oakland medical marijuana activist to 90 days behind bars for leafletting potential jurors reversed himself Monday, ordering probation instead. Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative executive director Jeff Jones, 28, went to Sacramento on Monday expecting to surrender himself and start serving his prison time. Many supporters were shocked that Jones, an earnest and well-respected activist with no prior offenses, was being sent to prison at all. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A.
Mar 032003

Medical marijuana bill goes to full House - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

(Santa Fe-AP) ,

A proposal to allow the medical use of marijuana by New Mexicans with certain illnesses is heading to the House for debate. The measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 9-1 vote Monday. The legislation would make marijuana possession and use legal under state law for patients seriously ill with cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS and certain spinal cord injuries. Those patients, or their caregivers, would be protected from prosecution under state law. However, opponents warned that they could be subject to federal drug charges.
Mar 032003

Primary Power: California figures to be a major player in the presidential nomination process - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

By Steve Geissinger and Lisa Friedman - Staff Writers,

For the first time since the Vietnam War era, California will play a pivotal role in choosing a presidential nominee one year from today - March 2, 2004. The most populous state in the nation - a bastion of Democrats in a country leaning Republican - has not had the chance to play such an important part in picking a presidential nominee since George McGovern beat Hubert Humphrey in 1972. McGovern went on to claim the nomination but lost in a landslide to Richard Nixon.
Mar 032003

House to Debate Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

By STEVE TERRELL | The New Mexican ,

bill to legalize marijuana as a treatment for New Mexicans suffering from debilitating medical conditions is headed for debate on the House floor. Despite a barrage of pointed questions from a longtime foe of liberalizing drug laws, the House Judiciary voted 9-1 Monday to recommend passage of House Bill 242. "What are we saying to the young people?" asked former northeastern New Mexico legislator David Salman, who testified for the bill.
Feb 272003

Medical pot use backer gets jail - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 27, 2003 7:00 PM

Danny Walsh, Sacramento Bee,

Angry that a medical marijuana activist blames a fellow judge for disrupting a major pot trial in Sacramento federal court, a magistrate judge sent the activist to prison for three months Thursday. Jeff Jones, a nationally known champion of medical marijuana, was found guilty at a non-jury trial in December of attempting to influence the trial of fellow medical pot advocate Bryan Epis. U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski ordered Jones, 38, to pay restitution of $3,925, the cost of bringing the first prospective jurors to court for the Epis trial.
Feb 272003

Oakland pot club director gets 3-month prison term - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 27, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richmond, Oakland Tribune,

Federal judge rejects probation in sentencing Jeff Jones for handing out leaflets Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative executive director Jeff Jones, one of the California medical marijuana movement's most respected figures, was sentenced Thursday to 90 days behind bars for handing out leaflets near a courthouse. U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski of Sacramento apparently ignored a report recommending probation, instead ordering Jones, 28, into federal custody for the misdemeanor. He will start serving his time Monday.
Feb 242003

Jury Rights: Reconsidering Relevance - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 24, 2003 7:00 PM

Clay S. Conrad -,

Edward Rosenthal was prosecuted for growing and distributing medical marijuana in compliance with the California Compassionate Use Act. At his Federal trial, District Court Judge Charles Breyer refused to let the jury learn that Rosenthal was growing marijuana for medical use. Breyer ruled evidence concerning medical marijuana was irrelevant, because federal law does not recognize medical uses for marijuana. Implicit in the ruling was a concern that evidence about medical marijuana would lead to jury nullification.
Feb 242003

Former Dallas Cowboy Lauds His 20 Year Marijuana Use - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 24, 2003 7:00 PM

Michael Hess,

BBSNews - 2003-02-22 -- Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Mark Stepnoski has smoked marijuana for the past twenty years. For thirteen of those years he was a highly rated center in the NFL according to an AP wire story filed on Saturday. It seems that in spite of a sports star getting busted for "drugs" every other day or so, Stepnoski managed to lead a fit and successful life showing that the most horrendous consequences of marijuana use lie in its current legal status.
Feb 242003

'It's medicinal' vies against 'It's illegal' - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 24, 2003 7:00 PM

Daniel B. Wood - Christian Science Monitor,

LOS ANGELES – At the "Sixties Paraphernalia" shop on Victory Blvd. here, you can glimpse the past of US marijuana use - hash pipes, "bongs," cigarette papers - and catch an earful about its future. "The federal government is still stuck in the pre-Beatles days of 'reefer madness,' " says Skip Stanley, a bearded biker who also holds a graduate degree in sociology. He cites a recent poll showing nearly 80 percent support for medicinal marijuana use, and notes nine states have approved such use.
Feb 242003

Montana grapples with medical marijuana issue - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 24, 2003 7:00 PM

By COURTNEY LOWERY, Lee Enterprises-Casper Star Tribune,

HELENA -- Larry Rathbun spent 22 months in Montana State Prison for trying to ease the pain and the spasms that are inherent with multiple sclerosis. The nine plants that sent him to prison, he said, were the same kind of plants that helped him in his fight against the wheelchair -- marijuana. With out it, in prison, he lost that battle. "I walked into Deer Lodge and rolled out," he told the House Judiciary Committee Friday in support of House Bill 506 , which would legalize the use of medicinal cannabis, or marijuana. in the state of Montana. Rep.