Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Feb 192003

Campus NORML organizes Medical Marijuana Week - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 7:00 PM

Joann Ku, The Daily Illini,

Speakers, brownies and the showing of a documentary called "Grass" were among events celebrating the medical use of marijuana this week. This week, designated as Medical Marijuana Week, was sponsored by the campus chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and SFSDP, Students for Sensible Drug Policy. NORML and SFSDP began the week by selling brownies and passing out event flyers on the Quad on Tuesday and Wednesday. Danielle Schumacher, president of NORML, thought it was a good way to advertise and make a statement.
Feb 192003

State lawmakers craft bill on pot defense - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 7:00 PM

By Josh Richman , STAFF WRITER, Oakland Tribune,

Three California members of Congress are preparing a bipartisan bill to let medical marijuana users, growers and providers protect themselves from federal criminal conviction -- a bill sure to face an uphill battle. Reps. Sam Farr, D-Carmel; Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma; and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, are "putting together a bill that would basically say that in states that have medical marijuana statutes, you are able to use as a defense that you were in possession or distributing ...
Feb 192003

Bill Seeks To Provide Medical Pot Defense - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 7:00 PM

By Brian Seals, Santa Cruz Sentinel Staff Writer,

Medical marijuana users and growers in California could cite state law as a defense against federal prosecutors who criminalize their actions, under a bill planned by three federal lawmakers.U.S. Reps. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, and Lynne Woolsey, D-Petaluma, plan to co-sponsor the bill next month with Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, an Orange County Republican. The proposed legislation comes in the wake of stepped-up federal raids on medical marijuana gardens over the past year, including one at a Santa Cruz County cooperative last September.
Feb 192003

CA Representatives Announce Medical Marijuana Defense Bill - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 3:00 AM
Sacramento: Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) will be honored in Sacramento by the families of medical marijuana growers convicted under federal law for his efforts in the struggle to decriminalize medical marijuana.
Feb 182003

Pot activists want DEA out of Oakland building - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 7:00 PM

By Colin Atagi - Oakland Tribune,

OAKLAND -- The fight for access to medical marijuana continued Tuesday across the nation and in downtown Oakland, as demonstrators demanded the eviction of the Drug Enforcement Administration from the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building. Members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and medical marijuana supporters protested government actions preventing patients from using marijuana to treat illnesses. Protesters gathered from noon to 1 p.m. outside the building waiting for the DEA to respond.
Feb 182003

U.S. should arrest pain, not people who relieve it - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 7:00 PM

Opinion - San Jose Mercury News,

CALIFORNIANS want marijuana available for use as a medication, but that won't happen until the federal government is forced to stop prosecuting individual residents who provide the drug to the sick and dying. Federal agents are rounding up those working at the behest of local government to provide the herb to victims of cancer, AIDs, and other debilitating diseases. The feds want to make a political statement about illicit drugs. The providers want to bring low-cost relief to those crippled by pain and robbed of appetite.
Feb 182003

When a jury should just say no - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 7:00 PM

Judith Appel, Alexandra Cox , Op-Ed, SF Chronicle,

San Francisco Chronicle February 19, 2003 ©2003 San Francisco Chronicle When a jury should just say no Judith Appel, Alexandra Cox Page A - 23 "Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction . . . if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction the charge of the court is wrong.
Feb 182003

When a jury should just say no - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 7:00 PM

Judith Appel, Alexandra Cox , Op-Ed, SF Chronicle,

San Francisco Chronicle February 19, 2003 ©2003 San Francisco Chronicle When a jury should just say no Judith Appel, Alexandra Cox Page A - 23 "Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction . . . if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction the charge of the court is wrong.
Feb 182003

Medical Marijuana Activists to “Evict the DEA” Feb. 18 - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 3:00 AM
Oakland and San Francisco –Activists will “evict the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)” for criminal violations of medical marijuana patients’ and voters’ rights on the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Nationwide Day of Direct Action, Feb. 18. Currently, 40 medical marijuana patients and providers are facing federal charges and legitimate medical marijuana patients continue to be harassed and intimidated by the threat of DEA attacks.

The protests against the DEA precede President Bush’s appointment of a DEA Administrator.
Feb 152003

John Ashcroft, meet a cancer victim - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 15, 2003 7:00 PM

Kate Scannell,

I want John Ashcroft to leave his desk, come into the chemotherapy suite and participate in the real consequences of his choices. I want him to meet the bald, frail woman lying in the hospital bed next to mine in the chemotherapy suite. I want this 70-year- old woman to ask him the same medical question she asked me. Because I was a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy at the same hospital where I worked, the women with whom I shared the suite quickly surmised that I was also a doctor.