Press Releases

May 242007

Medical Marijuana Group Moves to Hasten Outcome in Federal Lawsuit - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 24, 2007 4:00 AM
San Francisco, CA – A national medical marijuana patients’ rights group filed a motion for summary judgment today in its lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to accelerate a decision in the case. The plaintiff, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), filed a lawsuit in February 2007 challenging statements by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that marijuana has no accepted medical value.
May 032007

Science Magazine Weighs in on Federal Medical Marijuana Lawsuit - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 03, 2007 4:00 AM
Oakland, CA -- Former FDA Commissioner and Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, Dr. Don Kennedy, authored an editorial on medical marijuana in this week's edition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) publication. The AAAS concluded that the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated its own guidelines regarding information quality when it rejected the petition filed by national medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA).
Mar 142007

Federal Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Provider Vindictively Prosecuted - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 14, 2007 4:00 AM

San Francisco -- Federal District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled today that author and medical marijuana activist Edward Rosenthal was vindictively prosecuted, and dismissed charges of tax evasion and money laundering. The remaining marijuana charges against Rosenthal are virtually identical to those pursued against him in his prior 2003 trial. With an admission in court by the U.S.

Feb 122007

New Study of Medical Cannabis Shows Scientific Value for Patients with Neuropathic Pain - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 12, 2007 3:00 AM

(Washington) - National HIV/AIDS and advocacy groups including the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) today called for congressional hearings in response to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on medical cannabis and neuropathic pain, published in the peer reviewed journal Neurology.  The study is the first of its kind

Feb 012007

HIV/AIDS Groups Support Medical Marijuana Patient’s Case - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 01, 2007 3:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco patient who is attempting to get police to return his medical marijuana got a legal boost yesterday from three HIV/AIDS organizations, including the nation’s oldest, and a leading drug policy group. The organizations filed a “friend of the court” brief with the state’s Court of Appeal for the First District, arguing that state law enforcement agencies should be compelled to respect the rights of patients to possess cannabis.
Jan 042007

Medical Marijuana Patient Reports for Federal Prison - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 04, 2007 3:00 AM
Another medical marijuana patient was incarcerated in federal prison today. Stephanie Landa, 60, reported to federal authorities in San Francisco to begin a 41-month sentence for her part in growing medical cannabis as part of a patient collective there. At least another 91 Californians are facing a similar fate, as medical-marijuana related arrests and prosecutions have escalated since 2005, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled federal charges may be brought against patients and their caregivers and providers, despite state laws protecting them.
Dec 072006

Medical Marijuana Patients Win Big as Court Upholds State Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 07, 2006 3:00 AM

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Superior Court today handed a critical victory to medical marijuana patients nationwide, affirming the ability of states to exempt qualified patients from criminal penalties, despite federal policy that prohibits all marijuana use.

Dec 042006

Medical Cannabis Laws get Nod from California Supreme Court - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 04, 2006 3:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO-Last week the California Supreme Court further clarified the state's medical cannabis laws with a ruling that makes clear there are no conflicts between the initiative passed by voters in 1996 and the law passed by the legislature in 2003.

Nov 222006

Guilty Verdict in First Federal Medical Marijuana Trial in 3 Years - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 22, 2006 3:00 AM
FRESNO -- A jury took less than a day to find a medical cannabis patient guilty of violating federal marijuana laws. Dustin Costa, 60, a prominent medical cannabis activist and former Marine, was found guilty of manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana for distribution, and possession of a firearm. Mr. Costa's sentencing date has not been set, but he could face in excess of 20 years in prison. Mr. Costa indicated he will appeal his conviction to the Ninth Circuit Court.
Nov 092006

Public Health Group Confers Award on Medical Marijuana Exhibit - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 09, 2006 3:00 AM

Americans for Safe Access, the national medical cannabis advocacy group, yesterday took home a third-place award for “Best New Exhibitor Booth” from the American Public Health Association.