ASA in the News

Feb 182003

When a jury should just say no - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 7:00 PM

Judith Appel, Alexandra Cox , Op-Ed, SF Chronicle,

San Francisco Chronicle February 19, 2003 ©2003 San Francisco Chronicle When a jury should just say no Judith Appel, Alexandra Cox Page A - 23 "Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction . . . if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction the charge of the court is wrong.
Feb 182003

U.S. should arrest pain, not people who relieve it - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 7:00 PM

Opinion - San Jose Mercury News,

CALIFORNIANS want marijuana available for use as a medication, but that won't happen until the federal government is forced to stop prosecuting individual residents who provide the drug to the sick and dying. Federal agents are rounding up those working at the behest of local government to provide the herb to victims of cancer, AIDs, and other debilitating diseases. The feds want to make a political statement about illicit drugs. The providers want to bring low-cost relief to those crippled by pain and robbed of appetite.
Feb 182003

Pot activists want DEA out of Oakland building - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 7:00 PM

By Colin Atagi - Oakland Tribune,

OAKLAND -- The fight for access to medical marijuana continued Tuesday across the nation and in downtown Oakland, as demonstrators demanded the eviction of the Drug Enforcement Administration from the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building. Members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and medical marijuana supporters protested government actions preventing patients from using marijuana to treat illnesses. Protesters gathered from noon to 1 p.m. outside the building waiting for the DEA to respond.
Feb 152003

John Ashcroft, meet a cancer victim - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 15, 2003 7:00 PM

Kate Scannell,

I want John Ashcroft to leave his desk, come into the chemotherapy suite and participate in the real consequences of his choices. I want him to meet the bald, frail woman lying in the hospital bed next to mine in the chemotherapy suite. I want this 70-year- old woman to ask him the same medical question she asked me. Because I was a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy at the same hospital where I worked, the women with whom I shared the suite quickly surmised that I was also a doctor.
Feb 152003

Mr. Attorney General, Listen To The Doctors - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 15, 2003 7:00 PM

Kate Scannell, San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

John Ashcroft, meet a cancer victim.

I want John Ashcroft to leave his desk, come into the chemotherapy suite and participate in the real consequences of his choices. I want him to meet the bald, frail woman lying in the hospital bed next to mine in the chemotherapy suite. I want this 70-year-old woman to ask him the same medical question she asked me.

Because I was a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy at the same hospital where I worked, the women with whom I shared the suite quickly surmised that I was also a doctor.

Feb 112003

Peter Schrag: Trust-buster -- Ashcroft kicks the dog once again - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 11, 2003 7:00 PM

Peter Schrag,

A few more victories like the one the feds just got in their prosecution of Ed Rosenthal, Oakland's officially deputized medical marijuana grower, and they may be lucky if they get convictions in the future of even the most hardened dealers. Shortly after they voted to convict, five of the jurors held a press conference to repudiate their own verdict: Had they been allowed to hear testimony that Rosenthal had been growing his pot plants for the medical uses permitted under California's Proposition 215, they said, they would not have convicted.
Feb 102003

Could Marijuana Be Legal in Illinois? - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 10, 2003 7:00 PM

Mark Harris,

"I'm hoping they never do this again to anyone. Because if someone else wasas sick as I was, and has been through what I've been through, they mightnot have been able to live through it. I knew inside of me that for the sakeof my health, I had a right to do what I did." – Brenda Kratovil, on herarrest for marijuana possession I am sitting across the kitchen table from Brenda Kratovil in her Beach Parkhome just a few miles north of Waukegan. It's early in the afternoon andKratovil and her husband have just returned from the nearby Lake CountyCourthouse.
Feb 052003

Only state could shield medical pot - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 05, 2003 7:00 PM

Bob Egelko - SF Chronicle,

When the federal government charged prominent marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal with illegal cultivation, California's medical marijuana law proved useless as a shield. With Rosenthal now convicted and facing prison, and federal charges pending against other purveyors of medicinal pot, some advocates say it's time to strengthen the shield -- ideally, by putting the state government in charge, as either the overseer of marijuana distribution or the official supplier.
Feb 052003

Feb 052003

Judge just followed law in pot trial, experts say - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 05, 2003 7:00 PM

Harriet Chiang,San Francisco Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer ,

When U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer took on the trial of medical marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal, he knew all about the uneasy relationship between federal and state laws. After all, in 1998 Breyer had barred the Oakland pot club from distributing marijuana for medical purposes, ruling that it conflicted with federal laws. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately agreed with Breyer, finding no exception for the medicinal use of marijuana. It was pure coincidence that Breyer would end up with the Rosenthal case because federal cases are randomly assigned.