Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Oct 282014

War on pot defies science, doctors testify in federal court

David Downs, San Francisco Chronicle

Three medical experts testified in federal court in California Friday and Monday that modern science renders the war on marijuana unconstitutional. Decades of medical research show the drug is not the danger the government has made it out to be, they told a federal judge.

Oct 272014

Should the Feds reclassify marijuana? US judge holds hearing

Daniel Wood, Christian Science Monitor

In a case that some say could change the relationship between the states and the federal government regarding marijuana, a US district judge in Sacramento, Calif., has granted a three-day hearing starting Monday that challenges the federal ban on the substance.

Oct 272014

ASA California Weekly Roundup: October 27, 2014 - Americans for Safe Access

The Farm in West HollywoodContents:

  • Message from the CA Director: No, it's not over yet
  • State & Local News: National, California, Oakland, West Hollywood, Laguna Woods, San Francisco, Mendocino County, San Bernardino County, Lake County, Hanford
  • Public Meetings & Events: Sacramento, Online, Washington DC
  • Court Support: Oroville, Redding, and more
  • Take Action Now: Pardon Dr. Mollie Fry, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego

I got a FaceBook message after ASA reported that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents raided two medical cannabis patients’ collectives in the Los Angeles area on Thursday: “I thought this crap was over???!!” Not yet, I am afraid. Federal interference and intimidation is still a reality in California, and there is reason to believe we will not see a change soon. Outgoing Deputy US Attorney General James M. Cole told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that raids and other federal pressure would continue until California gets its “regulatory act together.”

Oct 242014

Federal Court to Hear Evidence on Whether Marijuana is Misclassified as a Dangerous Drug with No Medical Value

Sacramento, CA -- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California will hold rare formal hearings beginning Monday, October 27th to determine whether an indictment against Brian Justin Pickard and others for conspiracy to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants violates the U.S. Constitution, and whether marijuana is misclassified by the federal government as a dangerous drug with no medical value.

Oct 232014

Seattle Issues Cease and Desist Notices to 330 Medical Marijuana Businesses, Fails to Offer Solutions for Patients

Seattle, WA -- More than 300 medical marijuana businesses received cease and desist letters from the City of Seattle this week. While the move appears to be consistent with a local law requiring medical marijuana businesses to obtain state-issued licenses by January 1, 2015, those licenses do not yet exist. Patients are concerned that the cease and desist orders are part of a coordinated plan to shut down much-needed businesses and dismantle Washington's 16-year old medical marijuana law.

Oct 232014

City of Seattle to Medical Marijuana Dealers: Get a License or Shut Down

Ellis Conklin, Seattle Weekly

The city of Seattle has sent out cease and desist letters to more than 300 medical marijuana outlets, demanding that businesses engaged in “major marijuana activity” -- involving more than 45 plants or 72 ounces of dried marijuana -- obtain a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. If they do not, they will be shut down by July 1, 2015.

Oct 232014

Seattle sends warning letters to pot shops

Eugene Johnson, Associated Press

The city of Seattle is warning more than 300 medical marijuana businesses that their days could be numbered.

Oct 232014

Can medical marijuana solve our opioid addiction problem?

Nikhil Swaminathan, Al Jazeera America

When Ian Young went to get a massage in August 2008, he had already been living with pain for more than decade. A car accident with a drunk driver in 1997 had left him with lingering discomfort in his neck. Deep tissue massages, along with gym workouts and stretching, were his primary means of treating his pain.

Oct 222014

The Ten Questions Police Use to 'Lock In' Medical Marijuana Patients

David Downs, East Bay Express

This October, advocacy group Americans for Safe Access posted the latest training article from one the main opponents of medical cannabis in the state — the California Narcotics Officers Association. In the summer 2014 edition of the group's quarterly magazine, The California Narcotics Officer, an article detailed some of the more unsavory ways police attempt to discredit and imprison qualified medical cannabis patients.

Oct 222014

Recent Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Gardens in California Cut Off Treatment for Children Living with Epilepsy

Mendocino Co. / Modesto, CA -- As promising results from clinical trials are announced in the use of cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat intractable epilepsy, those lawfully cultivating the plant in California are being raided by local law enforcement. Two gardens destroyed by police in the past two months in Mendocino County and Modesto contained a rare strain of medical marijuana rich in Cannabidiol (or CBD) used by children many of whom do not respond to other drug treatments.