ASA in the News

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.

Jun 262013

CA Medical Marijuana Dispensary Numbers Shrink in Two-Pronged War of Attrition - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 26, 2013 8:00 PM

Phillip Smith, Drug War Chronicle

California medical marijuana dispensaries -- and their patients -- are under a sustained, two-pronged attack, and that is having a dramatic impact on patient access across the state. Under pressure from the federal government on one hand and newly-emboldened local officials on the other, dispensary numbers are shrinking and ever larger swathes of the state that legalized medical marijuana nearly 17 years ago are without anywhere to get medical marijuana.

Mar 132012

Medical marijuana 'compliance checks' anger citizens - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 13, 2012 8:00 PM

Paul Boerger, Mt. Shasta News

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said he plans to meet with detectives who conducted recent medical marijuana “compliance checks” in Dunsmuir to ensure they’re relaying correct information to the public.

Oct 252011

Medical marijuana advocates sue federal prosecutors over crackdown - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 25, 2011 8:00 PM

Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune

Medical marijuana advocates on Thursday sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Northern California's top federal prosecutor, asking a federal court to halt the recent crackdown on dispensaries.

Oct 032011

Marijuana question headed to Palo Alto voters in 2012 - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 03, 2011 8:00 PM

Jason Green, San Jose Mercury News

Palo Alto voters will face several weighty questions in November 2012. Does President Barack Obama deserve another term? How about the four city council members who will be up for re-election?

Apr 272011

Gregoire expected to veto medical pot bill on Friday - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 27, 2011 8:00 PM

Jonathan Martin, Seattle Times

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Friday is expected to veto all or part of a landmark medical-marijuana bill because of federal prosecutors' threat to prosecute state employees who carry it out.