Blog Voices from the Frontlines

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

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

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 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.
Jun 042002

Ohio Protest to Stop the DEAs Expanding War on Medical Marijuana and Patients! - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 04, 2002 4:00 AM
June 6th has been declared as a day for a nation-wide action by a coalition of dozens of marijuana reform groups all across the United States. The nation-wide day of action has been called because of the recent raids of the DEA and the federal government on California's legal marijuana medical buyer's clubs and patients that use these buyer's clubs as a source for safe medical marijuana. The Ohio Cannabis Society, the local contact for this action will protest the Ohio Patient Network and North Ohio NORML.
Jun 022002

Medical marijuana activists plan massive protest - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 02, 2002 8:00 PM

Lakiesha McGhee, Oakland Tribune,

BERKELEY- Erik Levy said he's been arrested twice for using marijuana for medicinal purposes, and he's willing to give up his freedom again to protect the rights of other patients whose access to the drug is being threatened. Levy and hundreds of activists across the state met over the weekend to prepare for the national 'day of direct action' scheduled for Thursday. On that day, more than a thousand advocates for medical marijuana are planning to picket, rally and risk arrest in 54 U.S.
Jun 012002

PATIENTS PUSH BACK AFTER DEA RAIDS IN SANTA ROSA - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 01, 2002 4:00 AM
NATIONWIDE – Under the banner “Americans For Safe Access”, activists in 55 cities nationwide will attempt to disrupt business-as-usual on June 6th at local outposts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Patients and their supporters vowed to ratchet up the fight for state medical marijuana laws following raids on dispensaries operating in Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday that resulted in two arrests.
May 282002

Wichita Direct Action - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 28, 2002 4:00 AM
News Release May 28, 2002 From: Hemp Industries of Kansas (316) 681 1743 http://www.HempForUS.com A Coalition of marijuana and drug policy reform organizations are joining forces to launch a national day of direct action again the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) on June 6, 2002. At dozens of the 100 DEA offices nationwide, citizens will serve “cease and desist” orders, demanding that the DEA end its war on medical marijuana.
May 212002

Bush Administration Medical Marijuana Policy Not Compassionate - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 21, 2002 4:00 AM
BERKELEY, CA – A summary judgment last week stated that California medical marijuana dispensaries have no Federal constitutional right to distribute the drug to seriously ill people. The decision is the latest in an accelerating crack down by the Bush Administration on state-approved marijuana cooperatives in California and other states. US District Judge Charles Breyer granted the government’s motion for a summary judgment and defendants have until May 24, 2002 to respond. Judge Breyer will make a final ruling on June 7th, 2002 on the case.