Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Sep 162002

Defiant California City Hands Out Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 16, 2002 8:00 PM

Charlie LeDuff with Adam Liptak, NY Times ,

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 17 — Christopher Krohn, mayor of this laid-back beach town, wore his pinstriped suit to work today because he wanted to appear serious before the television cameras. Mayor Krohn, several City Council members and two former mayors gathered in front of City Hall this afternoon to witness a medical marijuana giveaway in protest of a federal raid two weeks ago on a local cannabis collective.
Sep 162002

Sep 162002

DEA's War on California - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 16, 2002 8:00 PM

Heidi Lypps,

The Crackdown on Medical Marijuana The month of September has seen a dramatic escalation of the War on Drugs in California, with DEA raids on two leading medical marijuana dispensaries. On September 5th, DEA agents arrested Valerie and Michael Corral of WAMM (Wo/Men's alliance for Medical Marijuana) and destroyed 150 marijuana plants intended for use by WAMM's members, most of whom are terminally ill. On September 12, the Petaluma-based Genesis 1:29 medical cannabis dispensary was raided, and Robert Schmidt, the owner, was arrested by the DEA.
Sep 152002

A CRACK HOUSE DIVIDED - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 15, 2002 8:00 PM

Arianna Huffington,

I feel nothing but sympathy and concern for Noelle Bush. Her latest stumble on the rocky road to recovery -- being caught with crack cocaine at a drug rehab center -- shows that she is in desperate need of help. As a parent, I can also easily empathize with the anguish Noelle's father, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, must be experiencing. And I'm in total agreement with his insistence that his daughter's substance abuse problem is 'a private issue.
Sep 102002

Council Invites Marijuana Users to Distribute Pot at City Hall - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 10, 2002 8:00 PM

Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer,

City leaders plan to join medical marijuana users at a pot giveaway at City Hall next week. Their goal is to send a message to federal authorities that, in this town, medical marijuana is welcome. The invitation comes one week after agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency arrested the high-profile owners of a pot farm and confiscated 130 plants that had been grown to be used as medicine.
Sep 082002

Sep 062002

Marijuana raids draw complaints, protests in state - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune,

OAKLAND -- Protesters planted marijuana sprigs in a concrete planter outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building on Friday, decrying federal agents' raid of a medical marijuana facility near Santa Cruz one day earlier. As similar protests occurred in San Francisco and San Jose, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer wrote to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Drug Enforcement Administration director Asa Hutchinson calling Thursday's raid 'a disheartening addition to a growing list of provocative and intrusive incidents of harassment by the DEA in California.
Sep 052002

Attorney General Bill Lockyer Calls for Meeting with Federal Authorities About Unprecedented Medical Marijuana Raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Attorney General Lockyer\'s Office,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (916) 324-5500 (SAN FRANCISCO) – Attorney General Bill Lockyer today requested a meeting with United States Attorney General John Ashcroft and Drug Enforcement Agency Director Asa Hutchinson to discuss the federal government's unprecedented attacks on locally-authorized medical marijuana operations. Over the last several months, the DEA has initiated a string of raids throughout California targeting small, locally- authorized medical marijuana cooperatives.
Sep 052002

Santa Cruz Officials Fume Over Medical Pot Club Bust - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Maria Alicia Gaura, SF Chronicle,

DEA arrests founders, confiscates plants

Federal agents who raided a Santa Cruz medical marijuana collective Thursday didn't encounter any resistance as they kicked in the door, arrested three people and cut down 150 cannabis plants. But the chain-saw-toting agents provoked a furious reaction from high and low in Santa Cruz, where voters have enthusiastically endorsed two measures legalizing medical pot.
Sep 052002

DEA raid sparks medical marijuana protests - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 8:00 PM

MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer,

(09-06) 13:30 PDT SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Medical marijuana advocates outraged by a raid at a local prescription pot supplier protested at federal offices in several cities in Northern California and across the country Friday. 'Medical marijuana patients and advocates around the country realize what's happening in California is absolute terror,' said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, who was heading to the Drug Enforcement Agency office in Oakland to protest.