Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jul 232003

Bill to protect medicinal pot users falls short in House - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 23, 2003 8:00 PM

Edward Epstein,, San Francisco Chronicle

Washington -- A surprisingly strong bid to shield medicinal pot smokers in California and nine other states from federal prosecution was defeated in the House on Wednesday after a spirited debate that centered on states' rights and even reached back to the pre-Civil War "nullification" debate. Proponents of the proposal by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, got 152 votes, compared to the 94 votes for medicinal marijuana in a 1998 House vote.
Jul 232003

More Than One-Third of U.S. House Votes “Yes” on Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 23, 2003 4:00 AM
Washington, D.C. – After a dramatic hour of debate that saw amendment co-sponsor Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) in tears, more than one-third of the U.S. House of Representatives voted today in favor of stopping the federal prosecution of medical marijuana patients and providers.
After appealing to the principles of “compassion and freedom,” Representative Rohrabacher broke down when talking about his mother’s struggle with cancer. He said the federal law that would send her to prison if she used marijuana to relieve her pain was “immoral.
Jul 222003

House of Representatives Voting to Stop Federal Medical Marijuana Raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 22, 2003 4:00 AM
Washington, D.C.– For the first time in five years, the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on the right of states to regulate the medical marijuana issue, an issue that has increasingly pitted the state of California and nine others against the Bush Administration.
Jul 182003

Editorial: War on docs - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 18, 2003 8:00 PM

, Sacramento Bee

What happened to the Republican principle of states' rights? It is missing these days when it comes to medicinal marijuana. President Bush seeks to punish doctors who follow state laws such as California's that allow physicians to recommend marijuana to certain patients with certain conditions. The punishment is a severe one: revoking these doctors' federal prescription licenses. The appellate court ruled in favor of these doctors and against the Bush administration. Bush's lawyers, however, have decided to pursue these doctors all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jul 092003

Aschroft Appeals Conant Decision to US Supreme Court - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 09, 2003 8:00 PM


On Monday, the Solicitor General of the U.S. filed papers in the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that the Court overturn the 9th Circuit's unanimous decision in Conant v. Walters, which supports a doctor's right to openly recommend or approve marijuana as treatment for their patients. By taking this action, the Solicitor General seeks to allow Ashcroft's Justice Department to investigate any physician who mentions the word "marijuana" to patients and to sanction those who approve it for patient use.
Jul 082003

San Diego DA Meets With Drug Czar To Combat Drugs - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 08, 2003 8:00 PM

, The SanDiego Channel

SAN DIEGO -- The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, John Walters, (pictured, left), is in San Diego to talk about his program, "25 Cities Initiative," which will seek to coordinate efforts on reducing drug use in America's largest cites. He is also helping San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announce the formation of a new narcotics division.
Jul 072003

Misplaced priorities - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 07, 2003 8:00 PM

, San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial WITH ALL the Bush administration has on its plate -- the aftermath in Iraq, Israeli-Palestinian discord, homeland security, economic woes -- one might think it has no time to pick on doctors who prescribe medical marijuana. Yet the administration continues to escalate its war on medical marijuana -- and Proposition 215 in particular -- by intimidating physicians who are doing what they think is best for their patients. The White House has asked the U.S.
Jun 302003

New Medical Marijuana Sentencing after Role of SFPD Uncovered - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 30, 2003 4:00 AM
In the first federal sentencing since Ed Rosenthal walked out of court a free man, three medical marijuana defendants, including a noted Hollywood actor, will be sentenced tomorrow in a case which has drawn allegations of San Francisco Police misconduct and caused the judge to order an investigation of SFPD involvement.
Jun 262003

Study: Pot Doesn't Cause Permanent Brain Damage - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 26, 2003 8:00 PM

Deena Beasley, Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Smoking marijuana will certainly affect perception, but it does not cause permanent brain damage, researchers from the University of California at San Diego said on Friday in a study. "The findings were kind of a surprise. One might have expected to see more impairment of higher mental function," said Dr. Igor Grant, a UCSD professor of psychiatry and the study's lead author. Other illegal drugs, or even alcohol, can cause brain damage.