ASA in the News

Oct 262006

4 Face Charges After Raid Of Green Cross Dispensary - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 26, 2006 8:00 PM

Ian Hanigan, Daily Breeze

Federal agents raided the Torrance shop and jailed four who allegedly tried to sell marijuana to agents from a countywide task force.

Federal agents seized about 70 pounds of marijuana along with nearly 100 pot plants, a shotgun and a small amount of cash during last week's raid of a medical marijuana dispensary in Torrance, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman said Monday.

Though the DEA claimed no arrests, police working for a county task force jailed four people who arrived later that day to sell cannabis to the co-op.
Oct 042006

Medical Marijuana and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 04, 2006 8:00 PM

Anthony Gregory, LewRockwell.com

On Tuesday, Drug Enforcement Administration agents swooped down upon the premier medical marijuana club in California’s Bay Area, targeting its dispensary and seven ancillary locations in San Francisco and Oakland. By destroying and confiscating property, seizing medical records, pummeling ATM machines with sledge hammers and jailing fifteen people, the federal agency hopes to teach a lesson, not just to medicinal pot users but to all Americans – this area, as all areas in the country, belongs to the federal government.

Oct 032006

DEA, police serve search warrant at local marijuana dispensary - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 03, 2006 8:00 PM

K Kaufmann and Marie McCain, The Desert Sun

A medical marijuana-laced “tip” left for an employee at Palm Springs’ Spa Resort & Casino in September ended with a search-and-seizure raid on a Palm Springs medical marijuana dispensary on Wednesday.

May 242006

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Medical Marijuana Prohibition - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 24, 2006 8:00 PM

Kenneth Michael White, OP/ED, opinioneditorials.com

Since California first did it in 1996, several other States have decriminalized medical marijuana, even though the Federal Government considers all marijuana to be contraband. Despite the constant threat of Federal criminal sanction, there are thousands of people in the United States who use marijuana for medical purposes. Did these people come to their decision to use medical marijuana in accordance with the teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

May 182006

Marijuana collective sues Butte County officials - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 18, 2006 8:00 PM

Ryan Olson, Chico Enterprise Record

A group of seven people qualified for medicinal marijuana are suing Butte County officials after a sheriff's deputy ordered the destruction of nearly all their plants.

The Oakland-based Americans for Safe Access is filing a lawsuit in Butte County Superior Court on behalf of David Williams and six other plaintiffs. The lawsuit alleges Butte County officials violated the law by refusing to recognize their established collective.

May 022006

County will issue pot cards - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 02, 2006 8:00 PM

Tim Morancan, Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County residents will be able to get county-issued medical marijuana identification cards in the future.

But they won't be able to buy the drug legally here, if county Board of Supervisors Chairman Ray Simon has anything to do with it.

May 012006

San Pablo extends moratorium on cannabis clubs - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 01, 2006 8:00 PM

Tom Lochner, Contra Costa Times

The San Pablo City Council on Monday extended for a second year a moratorium on the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries, or cannabis clubs. But the council signaled it does not want the issue to drag on for much longer, ordering the city staff to schedule a study session on the matter within a "reasonable" period.

Apr 192006

Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked Marijuana Is a Medicine - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 19, 2006 8:00 PM

, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Claims have been advanced asserting smoked marijuana has a value in treating various medical conditions. Some have argued that herbal marijuana is a safe and effective medication and that it should be made available to people who suffer from a number of ailments upon a doctor's recommendation, even though it is not an approved drug.

Jan 112006

Turlock Council approves ban on medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 11, 2006 7:00 PM

Abby Souza, Turlock Journal (CA)

Don't expect to buy any pot for medicinal uses from any store in Turlock for the next 45 days.

Dec 292005

Legal pot use can make jobs go up in smoke - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 29, 2005 7:00 PM

Kimberly Trone, Press-Enterprise

Donna Dixon found out the hard way that a state law allowing her to use marijuana for glaucoma didn't keep her from getting fired from a casino job after a positive drug test.