ASA in the News

High court allows ban on marijuana prescriptions

Posted by · 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.

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Government Seizing Kids Over Parents' Medical Pot

Posted by · 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.

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Infant Removed from Home, Parents Over Medical Marijuana

Posted by · 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.

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Palm Springs rethinks marijuana dispensary rules

Posted by · 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.

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Americans For Safe Access Appeal Bogus Medical Marijuana Ruling

Posted by · 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.

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Nevada Co. medical marijuana backers seek ordinance change

Posted by · 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.

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CA Medical Marijuana Dispensary Numbers Shrink in Two-Pronged War of Attrition

Posted by · 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.

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