Press Releases

Oct 132003

Medical Marijuana Rights Clarified in Law Signed by Davis - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 13, 2003 4:00 AM
SACRAMENTO – After seven years of legal limbo, the California legislature has acted to clarify and expand the rights of its citizens to obtain, possess and use marijuana for medical purposes, and Governor Gray Davis has now signed it into law.
SB 420 establishes a voluntary patient ID system with a 24/7 call-in number for law enforcement to ensure that patients need not fear arrest or intimidation.
Sep 242003

Denied Any Defense, Medical Marijuana Suppliers Plead Guilty - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 24, 2003 4:00 AM
LOS ANGELES – Arrested for growing marijuana for a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary that was a model of openness and cooperation with law enforcement, Judy Osburn, 50, one of the directors of the center, and her husband, Lynn, a 54-year-old Vietnam veteran, have reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that could leave them free on bail pending appeal or even result in no jail time.
Sep 232003

Recall Candidates Prepared to Fight Feds for Medical Cannabis Patients - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 23, 2003 4:00 AM
The one issue all the major gubernatorial candidates in the California recall agree on is that marijuana should be legally available to those who are medically helped by it. When asked about medical marijuana in a televised debate, Arianna Huffington and Tom McClintock took it one step further by saying that they would actively “fight federal restrictions.”
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Sep 222003

Medical Marijuana Vigils, Rallies in Sacramento and Across the Nation - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 22, 2003 4:00 AM
SACRAMENTO – A candlelight vigil tonight on the north steps of the California state capitol building in Sacramento commemorates the anniversary of the incarceration of Bryan Epis, who was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for helping patients in Chico get marijuana to treat their suffering.
Part of a national day of remembrance for Mr. Epis and other patients and providers lost to the struggle for access to medical marijuana, today’s vigil is the prelude to an afternoon rally tomorrow, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.
Sep 182003

Medical Marijuana Message On L.A. Newstands Now - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 18, 2003 4:00 AM
Los Angeles – Americans for Safe Access has launched a campaign to educate Los Angelenos about U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft’s attacks on their medical rights. “Coming to a Courtroom Near You” reads the headline over an image of a gagged doctor with a heavily armed DEA agent standing at the ready in the background.
Sep 162003

Medical Marijuana Rights to Be Argued in Federal Appellate Court - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 16, 2003 4:00 AM
In a hearing with momentous implications for federal drug laws, four medical marijuana dispensaries challenging the constitutionality of federal laws prohibiting their operation will have their chance in front of a federal appeals court on Wednesday morning.
Aug 282003

California Gubernatorial Candidates Questioned on Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 28, 2003 4:00 AM
Thursday, August 28, 2003 – The leading candidates for governor in California’s hotly contested recall race were given surveys and briefing books on medical marijuana today. Americans for Safe Access, the nation’s leading organization of patients, doctors and advocates, is seeking to find out how many other candidates will join Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arianna Huffington in publicly defending California’s Compassionate Use Act.
Aug 122003

Judge Says Defendant Caught in “Tug of War” Over Marijuana Laws - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 12, 2003 4:00 AM
Santa Ana – A “bold, precedent-setting decision” is what U.S. District Judge David O. Carter had said he would make yesterday in the sentencing of an Orange County man who had been growing in his garage the marijuana he used to treat his chronic back pain. Instead, the judge continued the sentencing hearing for the third time, giving federal prosecutors a fourth chance to produce any evidence that Michael Teague was selling the herb to others at the time of his arrest in April, 2002.
Aug 112003

Judge Says He May Set Bold Medical Marijuana Precedent Today - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 11, 2003 4:00 AM
Santa Ana – A “bold, precedent-setting decision” is what U.S. District Judge David O. Carter has said he will make today in the sentencing of an Orange County man who had been growing in his garage the marijuana he used to treat his chronic back pain. Federal prosecutors want five years in prison for Michael Teague, 33, but Judge Carter has challenged them to produce evidence that Teague ever sold any of it. Otherwise, he says he’s ready to set precedent for Southern California.
Jul 292003

SF Supervisors Urge Leniency for Hollywood Actor, Two Others - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 29, 2003 4:00 AM
San Francisco – Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have signed a letter requesting leniency for three medical marijuana patients appearing in federal court tomorrow for an unprecedented third day of sentencing hearings.  The Supervisors ask Judge William Alsup to take into consideration the city’s “resolution declaring San Francisco a sanctuary for medical cannabis use, cultivation, and distribution,” which urges “the San Francisco Police Department not to assist in the arrest of any patients, physicians, dispensaries, and caregivers.