ASA in the News

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.
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 202003

Legislators ask Congress to protect medical pot - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 20, 2003 7:00 PM

Bay City News, reprinted in Benicia News & Vallejo News,

State Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, announced Thursday that 50 California legislators have joined in asking the state's Congressional delegation to push for changes in federal law to protect medical marijuana. "We're here to protect Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996,'' Leno said a news conference on the steps of the Federal Building in San Francisco. "The federal government continues its assault on the will of the people of California,'' the assemblyman said.
Feb 202003

Bipartisan law would emphasize state statutes
House members' bill seeks to give a medical defense - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 20, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richman - Tri-Valley Herald,

Three California members of Congress are preparing a bipartisan bill to let medical marijuana users, growers and providers protect themselves from federal conviction -- a bill sure to face an uphill battle. Reps. Sam Farr, D-Carmel; Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma; and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, are "putting together a bill that would basically say that in states that have medical marijuana statutes, you are able to use as a defense that you were in possession or distributing ... marijuana for medical reasons," said Rochelle Dornatt, Farr's chief of staff.
Feb 202003

Bay Area politicians lobby for medical pot - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 20, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune,

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two Bay Area lawmakers are leading Sacramento's effort to urge California's U.S. senators to secure states' rights to regulate and oversee medical use of marijuana. State Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, and Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, have co-authored a letter signed by 48 legislative colleagues calling for an end to federal meddling in California's and other states' medical marijuana activities.
Feb 192003

Bill Seeks To Provide Medical Pot Defense - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 7:00 PM

By Brian Seals, Santa Cruz Sentinel Staff Writer,

Medical marijuana users and growers in California could cite state law as a defense against federal prosecutors who criminalize their actions, under a bill planned by three federal lawmakers.U.S. Reps. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, and Lynne Woolsey, D-Petaluma, plan to co-sponsor the bill next month with Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, an Orange County Republican. The proposed legislation comes in the wake of stepped-up federal raids on medical marijuana gardens over the past year, including one at a Santa Cruz County cooperative last September.
Feb 192003

State lawmakers craft bill on pot defense - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 7:00 PM

By Josh Richman , STAFF WRITER, Oakland Tribune,

Three California members of Congress are preparing a bipartisan bill to let medical marijuana users, growers and providers protect themselves from federal criminal conviction -- a bill sure to face an uphill battle. Reps. Sam Farr, D-Carmel; Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma; and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, are "putting together a bill that would basically say that in states that have medical marijuana statutes, you are able to use as a defense that you were in possession or distributing ...
Feb 192003

Medical pot bill rejects jail
Growers, suppliers would qualify for acquittal - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 7:00 PM

Bob Egelko, SF Chronicle,

Reacting to the latest wave of federal marijuana prosecutions and raids, a California congressman announced legislation Wednesday that would keep medical marijuana growers and suppliers out of federal prison. The U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration has "no respect for the laws we here in California have established to allow patients to live pain-free lives," said Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel. Farr's bill would apply to California and seven other states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.
Feb 192003

Campus NORML organizes Medical Marijuana Week - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 7:00 PM

Joann Ku, The Daily Illini,

Speakers, brownies and the showing of a documentary called "Grass" were among events celebrating the medical use of marijuana this week. This week, designated as Medical Marijuana Week, was sponsored by the campus chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and SFSDP, Students for Sensible Drug Policy. NORML and SFSDP began the week by selling brownies and passing out event flyers on the Quad on Tuesday and Wednesday. Danielle Schumacher, president of NORML, thought it was a good way to advertise and make a statement.