Area activists arrested in D.C.

October 05, 2004

, Oakland Tribune

Four Bay Area activists were among more than a dozen arrested Tuesday for civil disobedience on the steps of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., as they protested federal marijuana policy.

Steph Sherer of Oakland, executive director of Berkeley-based Americans for Safe Access; Stacey Swimme of Oakland; and John Shaw and Alex Franco, both of San Francisco, were taken into custody but released later in the day.

Several dozen protesters had turned out to demand the federal government acknowledge marijuana has medical use and change its policies.

Americans for Safe Access on Monday filed a legal petition with HHS claiming the department is violating the Data Quality Act, which requires federal agencies to use sound science in developing policies and disseminating information.

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