ASA in the News

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.

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.