ASA in the News

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.