Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Sep 052002

Activists Nabbed in Raid of Medical Marijuana Site - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 8:00 PM

By Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune,

Advocates pledge protests today in response to arrests, destruction of pot plants Federal agents raided a medical marijuana collective near Santa Cruz and arrested two well-known activists Thursday, the first such action in Northern California since February's raids in Oakland and San Francisco. But by day's end, Valerie and Michael Corral -- who helped write the state's medical marijuana law -- were home. An official source said the federal prosecutors had declined to charge them, forcing the Drug Enforcement Administration to let them go.
Sep 052002

Santa Cruz Officials Fume Over Medical Pot Club Bust - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Maria Alicia Gaura, SF Chronicle,

DEA arrests founders, confiscates plants

Federal agents who raided a Santa Cruz medical marijuana collective Thursday didn't encounter any resistance as they kicked in the door, arrested three people and cut down 150 cannabis plants. But the chain-saw-toting agents provoked a furious reaction from high and low in Santa Cruz, where voters have enthusiastically endorsed two measures legalizing medical pot.
Sep 052002

DEA raid sparks medical marijuana protests - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 8:00 PM

MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer,

(09-06) 13:30 PDT SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Medical marijuana advocates outraged by a raid at a local prescription pot supplier protested at federal offices in several cities in Northern California and across the country Friday. 'Medical marijuana patients and advocates around the country realize what's happening in California is absolute terror,' said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, who was heading to the Drug Enforcement Agency office in Oakland to protest.
Sep 052002

Bay Area Activists to Protest at Federal Buildings - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 4:00 AM
San Francisco, CA – The Drug Enforcement Agency raided another medical marijuana dispensary today in Santa Cruz, California, arresting 2 people and shutting off safe access to life affirming medicine to 300 seriously ill patients. In response to the federal government’s failure to respect local state laws that permit the use of medical marijuana for the seriously ill, activists will engage in protest and civil disobedience at the Oakland and San Francisco Federal Buildings.
Aug 282002

Not All Students Will Start School This Week - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 28, 2002 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON, DC - According to new Department of Education data, over 30,000 college students have been denied federal loans and grants for the 2002-2003 school year due to the 1998 Higher Education Act drug provision. Since the HEA drug provision was first enforced in 2000, a total of 86,898 students have been denied aid. A drug conviction is the only crime that can result in the loss of federal financial aid.
Aug 272002

DEA Launches Exhibit Proclaiming Drugs = Terrorism - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 27, 2002 8:00 PM

Bill Berkowitz,

Every day Mary Lucey takes AIDS medications to stay alive. Without medical marijuana she gets so nauseous she can't keep the pills down. Lucey, a veteran activist and Interim AIDS Coordinator for the city of Los Angeles, serves on the board of the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center. When the LACRC was raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration in October, 2001, Lucey lost her safe, reliable source of medicine.
Aug 162002

Medical marijuana: Help without the high - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 16, 2002 8:00 PM

Jennifer Thomas, USA Today,

As the battle over medical marijuana intensifies, researchers are quietly trying to come up with a way to dodge the bullets. Their aim: Develop a form of the drug that will treat pain but not get you high. In laboratories and greenhouses around the world, they are are experimenting with pills, inhalers, patches and even suppositories that would deliver marijuana's pain-killing effects without the psychoactivity.
Aug 092002

Researchers seek answers on medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 09, 2002 8:00 PM

Jennifer Thomas, USA Today,

When Irvin Rosenfeld was a boy, he was stricken with a rare disease that caused tumors to grow on his bones, leaving him in constant, crippling pain. He underwent several surgeries to remove the tumors, but new ones grew back. He was prescribed all sorts of painkillers and muscle relaxants, but still he ached. Then, as a college student, Rosenfeld smoked marijuana for the first time. Almost immediately, he felt better than he had in years. Now a 48-year-old stockbroker in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Aug 092002

10-year sentence in medical pot case - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 09, 2002 8:00 PM

Denny Walsh -- Bee Staff Writer,

Bryan James Epis, the first person associated with a California medical marijuana dispensary to be tried in federal court for growing pot, was sentenced Monday in Sacramento to a mandatory 10 years in prison. Epis, 35, insists the crop in his Chico house was only for himself and four other seriously ill people whose physicians had recommended the drug in conformance with California's 1996 Compassionate Use Act. But he ran head- on into federal law that makes no allowance for medical necessity.
Aug 072002

Cheney talks tough on Iraq
He tells S.F. crowd he's healthy, dodges Halliburton questions - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 07, 2002 8:00 PM

Carla Marinucci & John Wildermuth, SF Chronicle,

After months out of the spotlight, Vice President Dick Cheney, in two California appearances Wednesday, spoke strongly about the possibility of war with Iraq and reassured supporters about his health while sidestepping questions about his actions as former CEO at Halliburton Co. Calling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's renewed efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction a 'growing threat,' Cheney said President Bush is 'looking at all the options' with regard to using military force in the region.