Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Feb 142003

Medical Marijuana Awareness Week - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 14, 2003 3:00 AM
Saturday, Feb. 15th
12:00 pm - Press conference in front of Conservatory in Golden Gate Park. Activists announce their plan to implement Prop S and plant 215,000 Marijuana seeds for medical use. Ed Rosenthal, recently convicted in federal court despite his being given permission by city officials to grow medical marijuana , will bless the seeds.

4:20 pm - Medical Marijuana Banner will be dropped from the top of Twin Peaks.

Sunday, Feb.
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 082003

Recent Medical Marijuana Convictions Spur Action from State and Federal Government - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 08, 2003 3:00 AM
In a press conference in San Francisco today, state assembly member Mark Leno released a letter co-authored by state senator Don Perata and signed by 48 of their colleagues in the state assembly and state senate urging the CA congressional delegation to:
1. Secure states rights to regulate and oversee the use and cultivation of medical cannabis
2. Amend the controlled substance act to allow medical necessity defense and
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.
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 042003

Jurors: We've Been Had - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 04, 2003 7:00 PM

J.K. Dineen, SF Examiner,

All landscaper Charles Sackett really wanted to do was go home to Sebastopol and prune his roses. But the soft-spoken foreman of the jury that convicted marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal last week said he couldn't sleep at night if he had. So he joined four jurors Tuesday in front of a bank of cameras to apologize to Rosenthal, and to blast the federal judge and prosecutors Sackett said misled the jury by not allowing the defense to raise issues of state and local medical marijuana laws. The federal government does not recognize state medical marijuana laws.
Feb 042003

Pot case jurors call for new trial - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 04, 2003 7:00 PM

By Claire Cooper -- Bee Legal Affairs Writer,

SAN FRANCISCO -- Seven jurors who convicted a prominent medical marijuana activist called for a new trial Tuesday, rebelling against what they said was a misleading case and intimidating atmosphere. At an unusual rally outside the federal courthouse here, several jurors, defiant and shaken, expressed solidarity with defendant Edward Rosenthal four days after convicting him of running a massive pot-growing operation in West Oakland. Rosenthal is the author of a dozen books about marijuana and a how-to column for pot magazines.
Feb 042003

Medical Marijuana Goes Up Against Federal Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 04, 2003 7:00 PM

Jacob Slauson - LA Times - Letters to the Editor,

I found the details of Rosenthal's trial and conviction on federal marijuana cultivation and conspiracy charges sickening. It read more like a Stalinist show trial than American justice. According to a federal government spokesman: "There is no such thing as medical marijuana." Californians overwhelmingly disagree with his statement. It has become abundantly clear that the so-called war on drugs has in fact become a war on Americans and our civil liberties.