ASA in the News

Mar 082011

Medical marijuana: What are renters' rights? - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 08, 2011 7:00 PM

Lily Leung, San Diego Union-Tribune

Landlord attorneys and tenants’ advocates in San Diego County and throughout the state have for more than a decade dealt with a sticky subject that many want to avoid and few know how to address.
Feb 072011

Medical marijuana sellers can't take their money to the bank - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 07, 2011 7:00 PM

Susan Ladika, CreditCards.com

Conflict between state and federal laws over the legality of marijuana has left owners of medical marijuana dispensaries finding that their financial services can go up in smoke. They're caught in a legal gray area that makes big banks wary or downright hostile.

Dec 082009

La Puente, South El Monte take first steps to regulating medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 08, 2009 7:00 PM

James Wagner, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

LA PUENTE -- The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to allow six medical marijuana dispensaries to open their doors.
Oct 212009

Medical marijuana patients can travel with pot from SFO, other Bay Area airports - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 21, 2009 8:00 PM

Mike Rosenberg, San Mateo County Times

Considering the haziness surrounding medical marijuana laws, it may be surprising that some of the most uptight places in the Bay Area — local airports — are also some of the most laid back when it comes to medical pot patients.
Apr 072009

Top prosecutor, advocacy attorney debate medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 07, 2009 8:00 PM

Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune

SAN FRANCISCO — Sparks flew Wednesday as Northern California's top federal prosecutor squared off in a debate against a national medical marijuana advocacy group's attorney.

May 212008

Marijuana in Sacramento: healing power of pot - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 21, 2008 8:00 PM

Nick Miller, Sacramento News & Review

It’s early spring in Sacramento. Trees are filling out with leaves; buds are beginning to flower. The morning air is fresh, crisp, clean. A security guard at a downtown medicinal-marijuana dispensary checks IDs from behind a security door. A customer slips a card through the slot. The metal screen unlocks.

Jan 082008

Perris passes emergency ordinance to ban pot dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 08, 2008 7:00 PM

Julissa McKinnon, Press Enterprise (CA)

The Perris City Council took the first step Tuesday night to quash any medical marijuana dispensaries that might be budding in town.

Dec 112007

SELF-HELP LAW: California pot laws, Part 2 - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 11, 2007 7:00 PM

Marc Komer, Willits News (CA)

Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, was enacted by the voters and took effect on November 6, 1996. This law fundamentally changed who can be arrested for possessing marijuana in this state.

Sep 102007

San Mateo County may regulate pot dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 10, 2007 8:00 PM

Michael Manekin, San Mateo County Times (CA)

Two weeks after the DEA raided three San Mateo medical marijuana dispensaries that the county district attorney said violated state law, the County Counsel's office is preparing guidelines for the distribution of medical marijuana.

A model ordinance which the county and cities could adopt to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana would be good government, said San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill.

Jul 312007

Counties, cities set their own marijuana limits - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 31, 2007 8:00 PM

Paul Boerger, Mt. Shasta News (CA)

It hasn't happened in Siskiyou County yet, but elected officials in other California counties and cities have passed ordinances governing how many marijuana plants and how much processed plant a legitimate user of medical marijuana may possess at one time.

Such ordinances are provided for in Senate Bill 420, which also mandates that counties create a medical marijuana identification card system for the purposes of confirming that the holder is a legitimate user. Siskiyou County has yet to take that step, as well.