Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Apr 032003

GOP Leaders Press Ehrlich To Veto Med. Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 03, 2003 7:00 PM

Tim Craig, Baltimore Sun,

The Bush administration and other top national Republicans are heavily pressuring Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to veto a proposal that would drastically reduce penalties for terminally ill patients who smoke marijuana to ease pain. In recent days, several Republican officials have urged Ehrlich to reconsider his longtime support of medical marijuana, which has become one of the few issues that divide the state GOP. Though Ehrlich, a Republican, has indicated a willingness to consider the bill, some of his advisers are worried about a public split with the White House.
Apr 022003

Rosenthal case shakeup - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 02, 2003 7:00 PM

J.K. Dineen of The Examiner,

In a startling revelation that could mean a new trial for convicted medical-marijuana cultivator Ed Rosenthal, a juror in the case says she violated the law by seeking outside legal advice during the trial and then sharing the information with a fellow juror. The development is another chapter in the bizarre case of Rosenthal, a nationally recognized medical pot advocate whose case pitted state medical marijuana laws against federal laws, which do not allow for any use or cultivation of pot.
Apr 012003

Rosenthal Retrial Possible - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 01, 2003 7:00 PM

J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Examiner,

Rosenthal Retrial Possible Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2003 at 10:15:41 PT By J.K. Dineen of The Examiner Staff Source: Lawyers for medical marijuana champion Ed Rosenthal asked federal Judge Charles Breyer for a new trial Tuesday after two jurors came forward to say their ability to deliberate was compromised by advice from an outside attorney. Rosenthal juror Pamela Klarkowski testified that fellow juror Marney Craig consulted with an attorney friend during the trial who said she could not vote "her conscience.
Mar 312003

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes in Maryland; Ehrlich Voices Support For Reduced Penalties - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 31, 2003 7:00 PM

Lori Montgomery and Craig Whitlock,

The Maryland General Assembly has voted to dramatically reduce penalties for cancer patients and others who smoke marijuana to relieve suffering, and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday that he is inclined to sign the measure. The bill, which passed the House of Delegates last week and won final approval in the Senate yesterday, would set a fine of $100 for using marijuana out of "medical necessity." Possession otherwise carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Mar 262003

Hayward OKs Dispensaries Committee - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 26, 2003 7:00 PM

Michelle Meyers, Daily Review,

The City Council on Tuesday night created an ad hoc committee on medicinal marijuana dispensaries that could put Hayward's slogan to the test. "Hayward calls itself 'The Heart of the Bay' mostly because of its geography," said Councilman Kevin Dowling. "But it also means that we are a compassionate place. We don't want to ask people who are sick to go out and buy marijuana on the street.
Mar 262003

When Finding Relief Means Breaking The Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 26, 2003 7:00 PM

Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun ,

Erin Hildebrandt hasn't had to break the law lately, but she worries that she may be forced to again, for the sake of her health and her family. The 32-year-old Smithsburg woman has Crohn's disease, a chronic and debilitating inflammation of the intestines. It's in remission now. But, not so long ago, her life consisted of shuttling between bedroom, bathroom and doctor's offices, seeking relief from repeated bouts of diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea. At times, she said, "I wasn't able to get out of bed." She tried 30 different medications.
Mar 172003

[Maryland] House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 17, 2003 7:00 PM

Associated Press ,

The Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill today that would dramatically reduce penalties for Marylanders who use marijuana for medical reasons. The bill had bipartisan support and passed 73 to 62. The legislation would allow people charged with possession of small amounts of marijuana to present evidence that they have a medical condition that is helped by smoking marijuana. The maximum penalty for possession of marijuana for medical purposes would be a $100 fine. There would be no jail term. The bill now heads to the Senate.
Mar 142003

Marijuana Advocates Want Law Expanded - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 14, 2003 7:00 PM

Tim Christie, Register-Guard - Orgeon,

Boosters Launch An Initiative Asking Voters To Make Medical Pot More Available. Advocates are proposing big changes to the 4-year-old Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, including establishing dispensaries for distributing the drug, even as federal authorities move to clamp down on such state laws. The supporters, under the name Life with Dignity Committee, filed an initiative with the Secretary of State's Office to amend Oregon's law. Backers need to get about 75,000 signatures to get the measure before voters on the November 2004 ballot.
Mar 112003

[Vermont] Senate To Vote on Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 11, 2003 7:00 PM

Ross Sneyd, Associated Press,

Montpelier, Vt. -- Senators voted Wednesday to make Vermont the ninth state in the country to legalize using marijuana to treat pain and other symptoms of debilitating diseases. A final vote on the initiative, which still could be amended, is scheduled for Thursday. ''It's come so close to being so totally stopped and then it gets a life of its own,'' said a smiling Debbie Ramsdell of Charlotte, who has been lobbying for the law since her husband Bob died of colon cancer.
Mar 062003

Billboard campaign urges support for Oakland pot guru - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 06, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richman , Oakland Tribune,

A Massachusetts-based nonprofit group is placing 150 billboards in Oakland and San Francisco to urge support for convicted marijuana grower and activist Ed Rosenthal. The billboards, of various sizes, have two slogans. One is "Free Ed. Free The Jury. Free America," and the other is "Vote Your Conscience. Free America." The signs are the work of Change the Climate Inc., a Greenfield, Mass., educational nonprofit group. "Change the Climate is a national organization primarily of parents and business people," said executive director Joseph H.