Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jun 062002

Supporters Rally For Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR),

About 30 people rallied in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Eugene on Thursday to protest the federal government's interference in state medical marijuana laws. Protesters want federal authorities to 'respect the legal rights of medical marijuana patients,' said Jonathan Gutstadt of Eugene, the 23-year-old leader of the Hemp Education Network. Similar rallies were planned in as many as 60 other cities Thursday. Drug enforcement agents have raided a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in California in recent months.
Jun 062002

10 Arrested in Protest Against DEA - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Washinton Post,

Ten people were arrested yesterday after they chained themselves to a door of the U.S. Justice Department in a protest against the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Protective Service said.

Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said the late-morning protest at Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW was in response to DEA raids in California targeting the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Jun 052002

Activists tell DEA it's time to cease and desist - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Steve Brown, Desert Post Weekly ,

Medical marijuana activists nationwide are protesting the Drug Enforcement Agency's war on medical marijuana patients and suppliers today at more than 54 DEA offices across the country. Local activists, in conjunction with the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project of Palm Springs/Coachella Valley (MAPP), are presenting a request to Congresswoman Mary Bono's office asking her to do something to stop the DEA's raids on California's legal medical marijuana clubs. After presenting their request, MAPP will join other activists in a protest at DEA offices in Riverside.
Jun 052002

Demonstrators Protest Against DEA Raids on Medical Pot Clubs - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

George Harris of KCBS,

(KCBS) - Medical marijuana advocates demonstrated today against recent Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids on Cannabis Clubs. KCBS reporter George Harris in San Francisco says several dozen protesters gathered at the federal building to deliver their own cease and desist order to the DEA.

One man with AIDS said he grows four pot plants and needs cannabis to stay alive.

"I have wasting syndrome. I keep my weight on," he said. "Without it, I would waste away to nothing. I wouldn't be able to take my anti-virals.
Jun 052002

Protestors decry medical marijuana raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Jen Christensen, / Network

Ten protesters wanting national legalization for the medical use of marijuana, which counters some side effects of anti-AIDS drugs, were arrested on Thursday for chaining themselves to the Justice Department's front door.

"It was incredible," said Krissy Oechslin, who was at the department protesting. "People were chanting 'cease and desist' and 'stop arresting patients.' Police kept moving us back and then eventually they carried away or dragged the people who wouldn't move back into the paddy wagons.
Jun 052002

Medical Marijuana Backers Stage Protests Across US - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

By Todd Zwillich, Reuters Health,

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Activists criticizing the US government's partial crackdown on the medical use of marijuana launched a nationwide string of protests at Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) offices Thursday.

Federal police arrested 10 protesters who had chained themselves together here outside of Justice Department headquarters, federal police confirmed.

Activists said they were protesting DEA plans to crack down on "cannabis clubs" in California, cooperatives that grow marijuana and distribute it to patients with AIDS, cancer and other ailments.
Jun 052002

Medical Marijuana: Feds should stop their attack, listen to people - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Terence Hallinan, Desert Post Weekly ,

Today hundreds of people suffering from AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other terrible illnesses, along with their families, friends and supporters, peacefully protested at dozens of Drug Enforcement Administration offices around the country. They came with one simple request: Stop trying to take away our medicine.

As District Attorney of San Francisco, I support their effort, and I implore the DEA to stop its attack on the medical use of marijuana.
Jun 052002

Stop the federal war on medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Andrew Weil, San Francisco Chronicle

TODAY, in dozens of cities and towns across the United States, something remarkable happened: Thousands of people battling cancer, AIDS and other terrible illnesses, their families, friends and supporters delivered cease-and-desist orders to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to stop it from blocking their access to a needed medication.

Their request was so simple, so obviously correct that it is heartbreaking that people -- many very seriously ill -- were forced to deliver their message in this way, with many risking arrest.
Jun 042002

Calif, US medical marijuana laws clash - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 04, 2002 8:00 PM

Hil Anderson, United Press International ,

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- A legal clash over states' rights and the use of medical marijuana has led to the launching of a hunger strike by activists trying to head off the forfeiture of their small office building to the federal government. The Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Cooperative was closed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in October, and workers there learned last week that the Justice Department was moving to take over the West Hollywood building where they had set up shop as a provider of medical marijuana to nearly 2,000 patients.