ASA in the News

Oct 072013

High Court Rejects Appeal To Reclassify Marijuana

  • October 07, 2013 12:00 PM

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.

Oct 072013

High court allows ban on marijuana prescriptions

  • October 07, 2013 12:00 PM

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.

Oct 032013

Should adult students be allowed to use medical marijuana at California colleges?

  • October 03, 2013 12:00 PM

Cody Drabble, Sacramento News & Review

Legal pot and 21st-century student life collide in Sacramento.

Oct 012013

Government Seizing Kids Over Parents' Medical Pot

  • October 01, 2013 12:00 PM

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.

Sep 302013

Infant Removed from Home, Parents Over Medical Marijuana

  • September 30, 2013 12:00 PM

Josh Crank,

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.

Sep 122013

Palm Springs rethinks marijuana dispensary rules

  • September 12, 2013 12:00 PM

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.

Sep 092013

Bill would increase state's oversight of pot clubs

  • September 09, 2013 12:00 PM

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.

Jul 252013

Cannabis for Elders: A Precarious State

  • July 25, 2013 12:00 PM

Liana Aghajanian, New America Media

Those who stand to benefit most from medical marijuana have the hardest time getting it.

Jul 152013

Americans For Safe Access Appeal Bogus Medical Marijuana Ruling - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 15, 2013 8:00 PM

Nick Schou, OC Register

Last 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.

Jul 142013

Nevada Co. medical marijuana backers seek ordinance change - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 14, 2013 8:00 PM

Matthew Renda, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Paperwork 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.