Press Releases

Feb 072013

Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Announces National Conference in Washington DC, Feb. 22-25 - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 07, 2013 3:00 AM
Washington, D.C. -- The country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), formally announced today its National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, "Bridging the Gap Between Public & Policy," to be held in Washington, D.C. on February 22-25, 2013. The conference will highlight medical and legal experts, Members of Congress and other policymakers, as well as a wide array of workshops and panels focusing on scientific research, strategic planning, and skills building.
Feb 042013

California Supreme Court to Hear Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban Case Tuesday in San Francisco - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 04, 2013 3:00 AM
San Francisco, CA -- The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow morning at University of San Francisco in a closely watched case that addresses whether local governments can lawfully ban medical marijuana dispensaries or should instead be compelled to adopt ordinances regulating them. The case, City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, is one of at least six appellate court cases coming down on different sides of the issue.
Jan 312013

Montana Medical Marijuana Cultivator Chris Williams to be Sentenced Friday in Federal Court - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 31, 2013 3:00 AM
Missoula, MT -- Montana medical marijuana cultivator Chris Williams is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in what has become a widely publicized case, illustrating the Obama Administration's aggressive federal enforcement policies in medical marijuana states. Supporters of Williams organized a 3,300-mile bus caravan, called "Journey for Justice," which started out in Los Angeles, picking up people in San Francisco and Portland, and is expected to arrive in Missoula today.
Jan 302013

City of Oakland Battles Obama Administration in Federal Court Over Medical Marijuana Dispensary - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 30, 2013 3:00 AM
San Francisco, CA -- The Obama Administration will argue for the dismissal of a lawsuit Thursday brought by the City of Oakland in an effort to halt the forfeiture of property currently being used by Harborside Health Center, one of the most respected and popular medical marijuana dispensaries in California.
Jan 242013

Medical Marijuana Patient Advocacy Group and Herbal Medicine Industry Collaborate to Enhance Product Safety - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 24, 2013 3:00 AM

Washington, DC -- The Cannabis Committee of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the only national trade association that is focused primarily on herbs and botanicals and herbal products, issued recommendations this week to regulators of dispensaries in California, Colorado, and Massachusetts, and will make similar recommendations in other medical marijuana states over the next few days.

Jan 222013

D.C. Circuit Denies Medical Marijuana Reclassification Challenge, Advocates Vow to Appeal - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 22, 2013 3:00 AM
Washington, DC -- The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling today in the medical marijuana reclassification case, Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. In a 2-1 decision, the Court granted standing in the case -- the right to bring a claim against the federal government -- but denied the legal challenge on the merits, agreeing with the government's assertion that "adequate and well-controlled studies" on the medical efficacy of marijuana do not exist.
Jan 182013

After Being Denied a Medical Marijuana Defense, Another Montana Cultivator was Convicted in Federal Court Yesterday - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 18, 2013 3:00 AM
Missoula, MT -- Montana medical marijuana patient, cultivator and former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jason Washington was convicted yesterday in federal court of two felonies, "conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana" and "possession with intent to distribute marijuana," but was acquitted of another felony possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-related crime.
Jan 172013

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Landmark Medical Marijuana Case, Affirms Legality of Storefront Dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 17, 2013 3:00 AM
San Diego, CA -- The California Supreme Court denied review yesterday of a landmark medical marijuana dispensary case, which drew widespread attention from prosecutors and policymakers across the state. The Fourth District Court of Appeal for California issued a unanimous published ruling on October 24th in the case of People v. Jackson, reversing the conviction of former San Diego dispensary operator Jovan Jackson and establishing a clear defense for Jackson and other medical marijuana providers similarly prosecuted in state court.
Jan 112013

Medical Marijuana Advocates Hail San Diego Mayor's Decision to Stop Crackdown on Dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 11, 2013 3:00 AM
San Diego, CA -- Advocates applauded the recent actions of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in trying to put an end to the years-long crackdown on access to medical marijuana in the city.
Jan 102013

Medical Marijuana Patient Group Gets D.C. Department of Health Contract to Train Dispensary, Cultivation Center Staff - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 10, 2013 3:00 AM
Washington, DC -- The country’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) was awarded a permit by the D.C. Department of Health last week to implement its compulsory training for cultivators and distributors licensed by the District. ASA Foundation was selected to be the Medical Marijuana Certification Provider based on its longstanding experience providing such trainings across the country.