Blog Voices from the Frontlines

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


  • 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 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.
Apr 172002

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Hangs Massive Banner Defending Medical Marijuana Against Bush Administration Attacks - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 17, 2002 4:00 AM
San Francisco – Americans for Safe Access today announced its hanging of a 1200 square foot banner on an empty billboard in San Francisco at Ninth and Brannan Streets. The banner reads, “Ashcroft: No War on Patients! Californians Say YES to Medical Marijuana.” Dangling more than 100 feet above the street, the climbers remain with the banner, which can be seen by vehicles getting on and off the Bay Bridge.
Mar 172002

A Big Victory for Medical Marijuana In LA - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 17, 2002 7:00 PM

Mikki Norris, YaHooka Forums

A Big Victory for Medical Marijuana In LA
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Feb 032002

Angry Rosenthal Jurors Call For New Trial - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 03, 2002 7:00 PM

Ann Harrison - Alternet,

In an extraordinary condemnation of federal drug war tactics, five jurors who convicted medical cannabis grower Ed Rosenthal of federal marijuana cultivation and conspiracy charges, held a press conference yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 4) to apologize and to call for a new trial. The jurors said they were outraged to discover that Rosenthal had been deputized by the city of Oakland, Calif. to grow medical cannabis for patients under California's Compassionate Use Act (Prop. 215).