ASA in the News

Dec 282005

Medical Marijuana, American Federalism, and the Supreme Court - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 28, 2005 7:00 PM

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD (Hon), Journal of the American Medical Association

In Gonzalez v Raich, the US Supreme Court held that federal law enforcement authorities could criminally prosecute patients for possessing marijuana prescribed by a physician in accordance with state law.1 The Court did not overturn state medical marijuana laws but did open the door to criminal prosecution under federal drug statutes. The Court also did not foreclose future challenges to federal enforcement on other constitutional grounds (eg, an unwarranted invasion of patient-physician privacy).

Nov 222005

Probation or Prohibition? - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 22, 2005 7:00 PM

Josh Indar, Chico News & Review

A Butte County medical marijuana patient who is on probation for domestic violence is hoping she won't be made an example of, as she fears county prosecutors are gearing up to "take [her] to war" over her use of medical cannabis.
May 302005

Migraine sufferer finds relief from marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 30, 2005 8:00 PM

Shirley Hsu, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Not a week goes by that Julie Garcia doesn't get a migraine.

It's not the type of headache you can take two aspirin for, or draw a hot bath and wait it out.

It's a splitting, unrelenting pain that lasts hours and renders her unproductive for an entire day.

'It's just pounding and pounding ... It's awful. It's really awful,' said Garcia, 36, who's been getting the migraines since she was a teen.

Feb 202005

Medical pot user seeking payment for dope seizure - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 20, 2005 7:00 PM

Elaine O\'Connor, Vancouver Province

Pot activist Brian Carlisle had his medical marijuana seized by the Abbotsford police.

Jan 242005

Fee assistance offered by medical marijuana group - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 24, 2005 7:00 PM

John Zicconi , Times Argus

MONTPELIER – A marijuana advocacy group on Monday began offering financial assistance to low-income Vermonters who cannot afford to register for the state's new medical-marijuana program.

Aug 232004

Colorado law conceals medical marijuana users - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 23, 2004 8:00 PM

Scott Schwebke, Montrose Daily Press

MONTROSE - A Montrose County Sheriff's Office detective says he favors changing a state law that prohibits police from knowing ahead of time who is entitled to grow medical marijuana.

May 312004

Santa Cruz ‘bud and breakfast’ is for the mainstream, too - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 31, 2004 8:00 PM

Amy Ettinger, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Breakfast at the Compassion Flower Inn isn’t always 'mellow.' When Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, stayed there two weeks ago he argued that the minimum voting age should be raised to 35.

It’s not unusual for guests at the 'bed, bud and breakfast' to debate politics into the early afternoon, but it’s caffeine that fuels the morning conversation.

'Pot isn’t what drives the topics,' says co-owner Andrea Tischler.

Oct 152002

O.C. case a test for medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 15, 2002 8:00 PM

Zaheera Wahid, The Orange County Register ,

LAGUNA BEACH - Ross Embry's AIDS medication causes so much nausea, he says, that the only relief is marijuana. So the 53-year-old resident of Hagan Place, an apartment complex built for HIV patients, grows the plants on his patio and shares it with his neighbors. But Laguna Beach police say Embry doesn't need 25 pounds of marijuana to combat nausea. Officers seized 12 plants - 4 to 8 feet in height - and more than a pound of cut marijuana Sept. 17. Embry will be arraigned today on felony charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.