Press Releases

Feb 032009

Medical Marijuana Advocates Urge New Attorney General to End DEA Raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 03, 2009 3:00 AM
Washington, DC -- On the day that Eric Holder was sworn in as the next U.S. Attorney General, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted raids on multiple medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. No arrests were made, but typical of such raids, money and medical marijuana were seized from the facility. Advocates are urging the new head of the Department of Justice to respect existing medical marijuana laws and end federal raids in California and other states.
Jan 222009

DEA Raids Dispensary, Exploits Transition as President Obama Takes Office - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 22, 2009 3:00 AM
Oakland, CA -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided a medical marijuana dispensary today in South Lake Tahoe, California, in the first days of the new Obama Administration. Even though President Barack Obama had made repeated promises during his election campaign to end federal raids in medical marijuana states, many high-ranking Bush Administration officials have yet to leave office.
Jan 052009

Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Filed to Force Implementation of ID Card Program - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 05, 2009 3:00 AM
Vallejo, CA -- Medical marijuana patient advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed a lawsuit today against Solano County for failing to implement the state-mandated identification card program. State legislation adopted in 2003 mandated that all counties in California implement an identification card program meant to assist law enforcement and provide greater protections for medical marijuana patients and their caregivers.
Dec 292008

CA City Charged with Contempt for Refusing to Uphold Medical Marijuana Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 29, 2008 3:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- Medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed legal briefs today accusing the City of Montebello of contempt of court. A request for the Los Angeles Superior Court to issue contempt proceedings was filed in response to the refusal by the City of Montebello to return medical marijuana and other property wrongfully seized by its local police department. On October 15, 2004, local police seized marijuana plants, growing equipment, and personal correspondence from the Montebello home of Terry Walker.
Dec 012008

U.S. Supreme Court: State Medical Marijuana Laws Not Preempted by Federal Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 01, 2008 3:00 AM

Washington, DC -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a landmark decision today in which California state courts found that its medical marijuana law was not preempted by federal law. The state appellate court decision from November 28, 2007, ruled that "it is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws." The case, involving Felix Kha, a medical marijuana patient from Garden Grove, was the result of a wrongful seizure of medical marijuana by local police in June 2005.

Nov 192008

Medical marijuana lawsuit filed against Department of Motor Vehicles - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 19, 2008 3:00 AM

Merced, CA -- A lawsuit was filed today by medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) against the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on behalf of Rose Johnson, a 53-year-old patient from Atwater. Despite Ms. Johnson's clean driving record, not having caused an accident in 37 years of driving, the DMV revoked her license on July 26, 2008 because of her status as a medical marijuana patient. The DMV refused to renew Ms.

Nov 052008

ASA Congratulates President-Elect Obama on Historic Victory - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 05, 2008 3:00 AM

Washington, D.C. -- Americans for Safe Access (ASA) congratulates Sen. Barack Obama on his election as our Nation's 44th President and looks forward to working with him and his Administration over the next four years to end federal raids on medical cannabis patients and providers and to support policy changes that ensure safe access for individuals who use cannabis to control symptoms of HIV/AIDS, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and other serious or chronic diseases.

Oct 162008

California Supreme Court Denies Review of San Diego Medical Marijuana Case - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 16, 2008 4:00 AM
San Francisco, CA -- The California Supreme Court refused to review a landmark medical marijuana case today that will require all counties to implement the state identification program. The County of San Diego filed suit against the State of California in February 2006, arguing that state law was preempted by federal law. That argument was rejected by the San Diego Superior Court in December of 2006 and was also later denied by the Fourth District Court of Appeals on July 31, 2008.
Oct 032008

Federal Court Hearings on Medical Marijuana Spark Protests in Los Angeles - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 03, 2008 4:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- A federal court hearing for a re-trial in the Modesto medical marijuana dispensary case of Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes will occur on October 6 at 2pm at 2500 Tulare Street in Fresno, CA. If federal District Court Judge Oliver Wanger denies the defendants' motion for a new trial, a sentencing hearing will directly follow. Because of their conviction on charges of "continuing criminal enterprise," both Scarmazzo and Montes face an additional 20 years in prison for providing medical marijuana to patients, activity which is legal under state law.
Sep 022008

Medical Marijuana Edible Maker to be Sentenced in Federal Court - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 02, 2008 4:00 AM

Oakland, CA -- Medical marijuana edible producer Michael Martin, 34, will be sentenced on Wednesday at the Oakland Federal Courthouse at 1301 Clay Street. A press conference at 2pm will precede the sentencing hearing, where Mr. Martin, his attorneys, Sara Zalkin and Tony Serra, and Americans for Safe Access Chief Counsel Joe Elford, will address the media. The sentencing hearing comes after a plea agreement was reached in March, stemming from a September 26, 2007 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raid on Tainted, Inc. Mr.