Blog Voices from the Frontlines

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.
Mar 062003

House Rejects Medical-Pot Bill - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 06, 2003 7:00 PM

Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican ,

Although the state House of Representatives passed a medical-marijuana bill two years ago, the House overwhelmingly rejected a similar bill Thursday. A majority of Democrats and a huge majority of Republicans defeated House Bill 242 with a 46-20 vote Thursday. The House vote effectively killed the bill, since no similar measure is before the Senate. The mother of a 26-year-old cancer patient who died last year was angered by the vote.
Mar 032003

House to Debate Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

By STEVE TERRELL | The New Mexican ,

bill to legalize marijuana as a treatment for New Mexicans suffering from debilitating medical conditions is headed for debate on the House floor. Despite a barrage of pointed questions from a longtime foe of liberalizing drug laws, the House Judiciary voted 9-1 Monday to recommend passage of House Bill 242. "What are we saying to the young people?" asked former northeastern New Mexico legislator David Salman, who testified for the bill.
Mar 032003

Primary Power: California figures to be a major player in the presidential nomination process - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

By Steve Geissinger and Lisa Friedman - Staff Writers,

For the first time since the Vietnam War era, California will play a pivotal role in choosing a presidential nominee one year from today - March 2, 2004. The most populous state in the nation - a bastion of Democrats in a country leaning Republican - has not had the chance to play such an important part in picking a presidential nominee since George McGovern beat Hubert Humphrey in 1972. McGovern went on to claim the nomination but lost in a landslide to Richard Nixon.
Mar 032003

Charges Dropped Against Pot Activist - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

Associated Press,

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- An activist accused of disrupting a medical marijuana trial won't be spending three months in federal prison after all, a magistrate decided Monday. U.S Magistrate Judge Peter Nowinski had ordered Jeff Jones, executive director of Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative, jailed for three months Thursday after he was found guilty in December of trying to influence jurors trying the case against fellow activist Bryan Epis. Nowinski also ordered Jones, 38, to pay restitution of $3,925, the government's cost of replacing the jury pool that presiding U.S.
Mar 032003

Pot activist's prison term is thrown out - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

By Denny Walsh -- Sac Bee,

In a remarkable reversal Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski threw out the three-month prison term he imposed last week on medical marijuana activist Jeff Jones and placed him on probation for three years. The participants in the proceedings, as well as about 20 others seated in the courtroom, sat stunned as Nowinski announced his change of mind. In a scene as dramatic as any in the history of Sacramento's federal court, the judge took the bench and said, "I've given the matter a great deal of thought over the weekend.
Mar 032003

Medical marijuana bill goes to full House - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

(Santa Fe-AP) ,

A proposal to allow the medical use of marijuana by New Mexicans with certain illnesses is heading to the House for debate. The measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 9-1 vote Monday. The legislation would make marijuana possession and use legal under state law for patients seriously ill with cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS and certain spinal cord injuries. Those patients, or their caregivers, would be protected from prosecution under state law. However, opponents warned that they could be subject to federal drug charges.
Mar 032003

Oakland pot activist spared from prison - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 03, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richman-Oakland Tribune,

The federal magistrate judge who last week sentenced a prominent Oakland medical marijuana activist to 90 days behind bars for leafletting potential jurors reversed himself Monday, ordering probation instead. Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative executive director Jeff Jones, 28, went to Sacramento on Monday expecting to surrender himself and start serving his prison time. Many supporters were shocked that Jones, an earnest and well-respected activist with no prior offenses, was being sent to prison at all. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A.
Feb 272003

Medical pot use backer gets jail - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 27, 2003 7:00 PM

Danny Walsh, Sacramento Bee,

Angry that a medical marijuana activist blames a fellow judge for disrupting a major pot trial in Sacramento federal court, a magistrate judge sent the activist to prison for three months Thursday. Jeff Jones, a nationally known champion of medical marijuana, was found guilty at a non-jury trial in December of attempting to influence the trial of fellow medical pot advocate Bryan Epis. U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski ordered Jones, 38, to pay restitution of $3,925, the cost of bringing the first prospective jurors to court for the Epis trial.
Feb 272003

Oakland pot club director gets 3-month prison term - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 27, 2003 7:00 PM

Josh Richmond, Oakland Tribune,

Federal judge rejects probation in sentencing Jeff Jones for handing out leaflets Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative executive director Jeff Jones, one of the California medical marijuana movement's most respected figures, was sentenced Thursday to 90 days behind bars for handing out leaflets near a courthouse. U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski of Sacramento apparently ignored a report recommending probation, instead ordering Jones, 28, into federal custody for the misdemeanor. He will start serving his time Monday.