Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jun 062002

Protesters target DEA offices over medical pot crackdown - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Josh Richman - Staff Writer, Oakland Tribune,

OAKLAND -- In a scene echoed in cities from coast to coast, more than 100 protesters decrying a federal crackdown on medical marijuana forced the city's federal office building to close most of its doors Thursday.

The protesters tried to deliver "cease and desist" orders to the Drug Enforcement Administration's office, commanding the DEA to stop raiding medical marijuana clubs, as it has in Los Angeles last October, in San Francisco this February and in Santa Rosa last week.
Jun 062002

RALLY BACKS MEDICAL MARIJUANA - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Lynn Wohlwend, The Capital Times

Eleven years ago, Jacki Rickert began losing weight.

"It got so bad that my daughter said to me, 'Mom, you look like you just walked out of a concentration camp,'" she said.

Rickert was eventually diagnosed with a nervous system disorder. She began using marijuana to stimulate her appetite and now weighs about 90 pounds.

"That might not seem like a lot, but it is to me," she said.
Jun 062002

10 Arrested in Protest Against DEA - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 06, 2002 8:00 PM

Washinton Post,

Ten people were arrested yesterday after they chained themselves to a door of the U.S. Justice Department in a protest against the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Protective Service said.

Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said the late-morning protest at Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW was in response to DEA raids in California targeting the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Jun 052002

Demonstrators Protest Against DEA Raids on Medical Pot Clubs - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

George Harris of KCBS,

(KCBS) - Medical marijuana advocates demonstrated today against recent Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids on Cannabis Clubs. KCBS reporter George Harris in San Francisco says several dozen protesters gathered at the federal building to deliver their own cease and desist order to the DEA.

One man with AIDS said he grows four pot plants and needs cannabis to stay alive.

"I have wasting syndrome. I keep my weight on," he said. "Without it, I would waste away to nothing. I wouldn't be able to take my anti-virals.
Jun 052002

Protestors decry medical marijuana raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Jen Christensen, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network

Ten protesters wanting national legalization for the medical use of marijuana, which counters some side effects of anti-AIDS drugs, were arrested on Thursday for chaining themselves to the Justice Department's front door.

"It was incredible," said Krissy Oechslin, who was at the department protesting. "People were chanting 'cease and desist' and 'stop arresting patients.' Police kept moving us back and then eventually they carried away or dragged the people who wouldn't move back into the paddy wagons.
Jun 052002

Medical Marijuana Backers Stage Protests Across US - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

By Todd Zwillich, Reuters Health,

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - Activists criticizing the US government's partial crackdown on the medical use of marijuana launched a nationwide string of protests at Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) offices Thursday.

Federal police arrested 10 protesters who had chained themselves together here outside of Justice Department headquarters, federal police confirmed.

Activists said they were protesting DEA plans to crack down on "cannabis clubs" in California, cooperatives that grow marijuana and distribute it to patients with AIDS, cancer and other ailments.
Jun 052002

Stop the federal war on medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Andrew Weil, San Francisco Chronicle

TODAY, in dozens of cities and towns across the United States, something remarkable happened: Thousands of people battling cancer, AIDS and other terrible illnesses, their families, friends and supporters delivered cease-and-desist orders to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to stop it from blocking their access to a needed medication.

Their request was so simple, so obviously correct that it is heartbreaking that people -- many very seriously ill -- were forced to deliver their message in this way, with many risking arrest.
Jun 052002

Medical Marijuana: Feds should stop their attack, listen to people - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Terence Hallinan, Desert Post Weekly ,

Today hundreds of people suffering from AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other terrible illnesses, along with their families, friends and supporters, peacefully protested at dozens of Drug Enforcement Administration offices around the country. They came with one simple request: Stop trying to take away our medicine.

As District Attorney of San Francisco, I support their effort, and I implore the DEA to stop its attack on the medical use of marijuana.
Jun 052002

Activists tell DEA it's time to cease and desist - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 05, 2002 8:00 PM

Steve Brown, Desert Post Weekly ,

Medical marijuana activists nationwide are protesting the Drug Enforcement Agency's war on medical marijuana patients and suppliers today at more than 54 DEA offices across the country. Local activists, in conjunction with the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project of Palm Springs/Coachella Valley (MAPP), are presenting a request to Congresswoman Mary Bono's office asking her to do something to stop the DEA's raids on California's legal medical marijuana clubs. After presenting their request, MAPP will join other activists in a protest at DEA offices in Riverside.