Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jun 062002

Making case for marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Mike Snyder, Houston Chronicle,

On a blazing afternoon this week, about 20 people assembled in front of a nondescript office building on the West Loop. They held up signs, shouted slogans and denounced the federal government's raids of marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized medical marijuana use.
Jun 062002

Inland rallies seek medical pot OK - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

MARK HENRY, TINA BENNETT and MICHAEL FISHER of THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE ,

Inland residents with spinal injuries, AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and other ailments delivered a simple message Thursday: It's time to let doctors prescribe marijuana as a way to relieve their pain and suffering.

Jun 062002

Medical-pot backers protest to feds - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Brian Seals, Santa Cruz Sentinel ,

Medical marijuana proponents on Thursday protested increased action against pot clubs by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration during the past year.

As part of a nationwide protest, about 35 medical-marijuana users from Santa Cruz were among a group asking the agency to end enforcement against medical-marijuana clubs. Some 47 "cease and desist" requests were slid under the doors of DEA offices in San Jose, said Valerie Corral, executive director of WAMM, an area medical marijuana cooperative.
Jun 062002

RALLY BACKS MEDICAL MARIJUANA - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Lynn Wohlwend, The Capital Times

Eleven years ago, Jacki Rickert began losing weight.

"It got so bad that my daughter said to me, 'Mom, you look like you just walked out of a concentration camp,'" she said.

Rickert was eventually diagnosed with a nervous system disorder. She began using marijuana to stimulate her appetite and now weighs about 90 pounds.

"That might not seem like a lot, but it is to me," she said.
Jun 062002

Protesters target DEA offices over medical pot crackdown - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Josh Richman - Staff Writer, Oakland Tribune,

OAKLAND -- In a scene echoed in cities from coast to coast, more than 100 protesters decrying a federal crackdown on medical marijuana forced the city's federal office building to close most of its doors Thursday.

The protesters tried to deliver "cease and desist" orders to the Drug Enforcement Administration's office, commanding the DEA to stop raiding medical marijuana clubs, as it has in Los Angeles last October, in San Francisco this February and in Santa Rosa last week.
Jun 062002

Protestors Ask DEA to Change Drug Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Chris Nichols, Berkeley Daily Planet

To Francisco Garcia marijuana is a medicine that helps ease the pain in the Vietnam veteran's aching leg. But to federal drug enforcement officials, smoking marijuana is a federal crime because pot is an illegal drug. Garcia was among demonstrators in front of the Oakland Federal Building yesterday who rallied for the freedom to use marijuana medicinally, like state law allows. 'I'm here because I truly believe in my medicine,' Garcia said. 'I don't see any harm in it. The marijuana helps the throbbing in my leg go away so I can get some rest and some sleep.
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

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

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 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.