ASA in the News
Lance Duroni, Law360
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from several medical marijuana advocacy groups challenging the Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to maintain marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the category reserved for the most dangerous substances.
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a San Francisco group's challenge Monday to the federal government's refusal to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana, leaving intact the government's classification of the drug as a dangerous substance with no legitimate uses.
Cody Drabble, Sacramento News & Review
Legal pot and 21st-century student life collide in Sacramento.
David Downs, East Bay Express
If you're a medical marijuana patient, and you are in the middle of a nasty divorce, and you live in a cultural backwater like Michigan or inland California - beware. Government workers will seize your kids over your lawful medical cannabis use, and it'll be a long fight to get them back.
Josh Crank, Lawyers.com
Medical marijuana dispensaries have been raided and shuttered with such regularity in recent years that they spark only the occasional protest. But when Michigan’s Children’s Protective Services took 6-month-old Brielle “Bree” Green from her parents because her mother is a medical marijuana caregiver, activists sprang into action.
Xochitl Peña, The Desert Sun
The city’s medical marijuana ordinance may be amended to require cannabis quality testing before the pot is dispensed to patients — a mandate that could be the only one in California, according to city leaders and medical marijuana advocates.
Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle
With federal authorities demanding more oversight of California's medicinal marijuana dispensaries, the state Legislature is again trying to create order where there has been chaos.
Nick Schou, OC RegisterLast January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit did what everyone predicted it would do and upheld marijuana's longstanding inclusion on the federal government's list of Schedule One narcotics. The ruling came in the wake of a lawsuit filed by Americans For Safe Access (ASA), which presented numerous recent studies suggesting that marijuana has medical benefits and thus should be regulated instead of prohibited.
But ASA hasn't given up yet.
Matthew Renda, Tahoe Daily TribunePaperwork has been filed to force Nevada County to hold a special election that will ask voters to decide the substance of its medical marijuana ordinance enacted last year.
Patricia Smith, president of the Nevada County chapter of Americans for Safe Access, has repeatedly asserted that last May’s county-approved cultivation ordinance is a de facto ban on collective cultivation of the medicinal plant and presents other problems for patients who need the medicine to allay various ailments.