Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Nov 052002

San Francisco Voters Approve City Cannabis Distribution - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 05, 2002 7:00 PM

Ann Harrison, Agence France-Presse,

San Francisco, CA (AFP)-- The city of San Francisco may soon begin cultivating their own lush crop of world-renowned California marijuana. Voters here have enthusiastically supported a ballot measure directing their city officials to consider growing and distributing medical cannabis.

Proposition S, which passed by 63%, could make San Francisco the first city in US to provide cannabis for sick people. It will also put the city, and the state of California, on a direct collision course with the federal government.

Oct 302002

A Win for Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 30, 2002 7:00 PM

NY Times,

A federal appeals court in California this week struck an important blow for medical marijuana, and for the First Amendment. It held that the government cannot revoke the licenses of doctors who recommend marijuana to their patients. The federal government should now abandon its misguided policy of targeting doctors and sick people to fight marijuana use. The ruling gives new life to the medical marijuana initiative, also known as Proposition 215, which California voters passed in 1996.
Oct 292002

Evidence exonerates man in marijuana case - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 29, 2002 7:00 PM

ZAHEERA WAHID, Orange County Register,

A Laguna Beach man has been cleared of marijuana charges after new evidence revealed that he had a doctor's approval to use the drug, officials said Tuesday. An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday dismissed felony charges of cultivating marijuana and possessing marijuana for sale, said Susan Schroeder, spokeswoman for the county District Attorney's Office. 'I'm relieved that I don't have to go to trial,' said Ross Embry, 53, an HIV patient who said he uses marijuana to combat nausea caused by his medication.
Oct 292002

DEA takes 3 Oregon medical cardholders' plants - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 29, 2002 7:00 PM


The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation (THCF) has reliable evidence that earlier this month an Oregon-licensed medical marijuana garden in Linn County, Oregon serving 3 patients, one a 52 year old quadriplegic man, has had all of its 12 plants seized by a DEA agent, in association with Linn County's 'Valiant Team' (a local drug enforcement squad). We are investigating the incident and will report more fully on this in 24 hours.
Oct 222002


  • October 22, 2002 4:00 AM
WHAT: In response to raids by the Drug Enforcement Administration on medical cannabis patients & dispensaries, a banner reading: DEFEND MEDICAL MARIJUANA will fly above PacBell Park at the beginning of Tuesday’s game.

WHERE: Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2002; 5:00 pm, at beginning of World Series game

WHO: Sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana rights campaign. More details on ASA can be found online at www.safeaccessnow.
Oct 152002

Diary of a Mad County - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 15, 2002 8:00 PM

Matt Coker,

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 Laguna Beach’s Ross Embry, who grew 12 marijuana plants to use and share with neighbors at the Hagan Place apartment complex for fellow HIV patients, pleads not guilty to felony charges of cultivation and possession of pot for sale. If you’re wondering why the 53-year-old is being prosecuted given the state’s Compassionate Use Act, you’re not alone. 'This is ridiculous,' Hilary McQuie, spokeswoman for Americans for Safe Access, tells someone at the Reggie not yet let go. 'He’s a compassionate provider. And 12 plants is a very small number.
Oct 152002

O.C. case a test for medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 15, 2002 8:00 PM

Zaheera Wahid, The Orange County Register ,

LAGUNA BEACH - Ross Embry's AIDS medication causes so much nausea, he says, that the only relief is marijuana. So the 53-year-old resident of Hagan Place, an apartment complex built for HIV patients, grows the plants on his patio and shares it with his neighbors. But Laguna Beach police say Embry doesn't need 25 pounds of marijuana to combat nausea. Officers seized 12 plants - 4 to 8 feet in height - and more than a pound of cut marijuana Sept. 17. Embry will be arraigned today on felony charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.
Oct 092002

San Jose cops off DEA squad - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 09, 2002 8:00 PM

Mark Simon, SF Chronicle ,

San Jose Police Chief William Lansdowne has yanked his officers off the Drug Enforcement Administration task force that raided a Santa Cruz medicinal marijuana club a month ago. Lansdowne said his four officers and one sergeant have better things to do - - such as tackle the methamphetamine epidemic -- than harass local pot clubs, which are operating within state law.
Oct 092002

Stop the Casualties of the Marijuana War! - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 09, 2002 4:00 AM
On September 27th the Preble County SWAT team executed a search warrant at the the residence of Clayton Helriggle, 23, of Lewisburg, Ohio. Just minutes into the drug raid Clayton Helriggle lay dying in the arms of his friend from a shotgun blast to the chest from a SWAT team member’s weapon. Later in the day sheriff deputies found one ounce of marijuana. The Ohio Cannabis Society, feeling that it has a moral obligation to inform the public of the harms of marijuana's prohibition, will hold a rally and march October 19, 2002.
Sep 232002

Medical marijuana activists are arrested - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 23, 2002 8:00 PM

Elizabeth Hume -- Bee Staff Writer,

Nearly 30 advocates for medical marijuana were arrested and cited for public disturbance during a protest at the federal courthouse on Monday. The protest started at noon on the south lawn of the State Capitol. Hundreds of protesters from all over California gathered to make a stance against the federal government's recent raids of medical marijuana suppliers. 'It's culminated in a huge outcry and the anger has really been building,' said Judy Appel, the deputy director of legal affairs for Drugs Policy Alliance.