Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jul 102002


  • July 10, 2002 8:00 PM

by Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee Staff Writer,

Bryan James Epis doesn't strike one as a person likely to be found in the vortex of a national controversy. His soft, friendly features, mellow demeanor and low-key conversational manner leave an impression of inner peace rather than outer turmoil. But the husky, 35-year-old son of a well-to-do Silicon Valley woman finds himself a poster boy for pro-medical marijuana forces -- and in a fight for his freedom that could end with 10 years behind bars. His famous lawyer, J.
Jul 102002

Here come the feds - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 10, 2002 8:00 PM

Timpothy Linch, Guest Comment - Sacramento News and Review ,

A fascinating trial is under way in this community and the constitutional issues at stake are much more important than the political storm surrounding the Pledge of Allegiance ruling. The federal government is trying to throw a man named [Bryan] James Epis in jail for 10 years, and the government is going to extraordinary lengths to win the case at all costs. Every citizen should pay close attention to what the feds are trying to pull here. Epis is accused of being a 'marijuana dealer' and faces a minimum term of 10 years in prison.
Jul 092002


  • July 09, 2002 4:00 AM
CA, STATEWIDE—The last time Asa Hutchinson visited California, the DEA raided two San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries, seizing property and arresting four prominent activists including nationally renowned author Ed Rosenthal. Tomorrow, Hutchinson returns to the state to brief Hollywood’s top brass just as Rosenthal appears before a Federal Court in San Francisco.
Jun 132002

DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will be Met With New Nationwide Protests - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 13, 2002 4:00 AM
SAN FRANSISCO – Last week thousands of people who organized under the banner Americans For Safe Access (ASA) disrupted business-as-usual at 50 regional outposts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, including the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. The protests were organized to publicize an expected permanent injunction that was granted yesterday by US District Court Judge Charles Breyer which orders medical marijuana dispensaries in California to stop distributing the medicine to certified patients.
Jun 072002

Medicinal Marijuana Is Up In Smoke - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 07, 2002 8:00 PM

Bruce Mirken,

Yesterday's article 'Hill protests target marijuana, oil policies' may have left readers unclear as to why 10 of my associates chose to be arrested protesting at the Justice Department. As the arrestee pictured alongside your article, allow me to explain. Since last October, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration repeatedly has raided medical marijuana distribution centers operating legally under California law.
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

Inland rallies seek medical pot OK - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM


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

Supporters Rally For Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR),

About 30 people rallied in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Eugene on Thursday to protest the federal government's interference in state medical marijuana laws. Protesters want federal authorities to 'respect the legal rights of medical marijuana patients,' said Jonathan Gutstadt of Eugene, the 23-year-old leader of the Hemp Education Network. Similar rallies were planned in as many as 60 other cities Thursday. Drug enforcement agents have raided a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in California in recent months.
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

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.