ASA in the News

May 212008

Marijuana in Sacramento: healing power of pot - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 21, 2008 8:00 PM

Nick Miller, Sacramento News & Review

It’s early spring in Sacramento. Trees are filling out with leaves; buds are beginning to flower. The morning air is fresh, crisp, clean. A security guard at a downtown medicinal-marijuana dispensary checks IDs from behind a security door. A customer slips a card through the slot. The metal screen unlocks.

Jan 082008

Perris passes emergency ordinance to ban pot dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 08, 2008 7:00 PM

Julissa McKinnon, Press Enterprise (CA)

The Perris City Council took the first step Tuesday night to quash any medical marijuana dispensaries that might be budding in town.

Dec 112007

SELF-HELP LAW: California pot laws, Part 2 - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 11, 2007 7:00 PM

Marc Komer, Willits News (CA)

Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, was enacted by the voters and took effect on November 6, 1996. This law fundamentally changed who can be arrested for possessing marijuana in this state.

Sep 102007

San Mateo County may regulate pot dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 10, 2007 8:00 PM

Michael Manekin, San Mateo County Times (CA)

Two weeks after the DEA raided three San Mateo medical marijuana dispensaries that the county district attorney said violated state law, the County Counsel's office is preparing guidelines for the distribution of medical marijuana.

A model ordinance which the county and cities could adopt to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana would be good government, said San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill.

Jul 312007

Counties, cities set their own marijuana limits - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 31, 2007 8:00 PM

Paul Boerger, Mt. Shasta News (CA)

It hasn't happened in Siskiyou County yet, but elected officials in other California counties and cities have passed ordinances governing how many marijuana plants and how much processed plant a legitimate user of medical marijuana may possess at one time.

Such ordinances are provided for in Senate Bill 420, which also mandates that counties create a medical marijuana identification card system for the purposes of confirming that the holder is a legitimate user. Siskiyou County has yet to take that step, as well.

Jul 262007

Pot-dispensary crackdown activates search for options - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 26, 2007 8:00 PM

David Olson, Press-Enterprise (CA)

As the number of medical-marijuana dispensaries in the Inland area dwindles, patients are looking for other options while their advocates try to shield them from arrest.

Jun 192007

Planners oppose marijuana dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 19, 2007 8:00 PM

, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA)

FONTANA - The city Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend that the city ban medical-marijuana dispensaries as a land use.

Other area cities, including Yucaipa, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont and Pomona, have taken temporary measures to block dispensaries. Medical marijuana has been prohibited in Grand Terrace, Upland, Montclair and Ontario.

Jun 192007

Medical marijuana violation arrests soar in Siskiyou - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 19, 2007 8:00 PM

Paul Boerger, Mt. Shasta News (CA)

Siskiyou County Public Defender Lael Kayfetz has been with the department for nearly two years and she says in the last year arrests and citations for violation of medical marijuana recommendation holders has “quadrupled.”

Jun 092007

Cannabis helps treat allergic reactions - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 09, 2007 8:00 PM

, New Zealand Herald

A cannabis folk remedy has been resurrected by scientists who found that active ingredients in the drug reduce allergic reactions.

Mar 182007

U.S. Judges Kill the Ninth Amendment - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 18, 2007 8:00 PM

Fred E. Foldvary, Editorial, The Progress Report

As reported by the Associated Press, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed on March 14, 2007 that the Ninth Amendment to the United States is now null and void, and that the federal government of the United States of America has no moral legitimacy.

The judges did not explicitly express those statements in their ruling, but that is the implication. The case involved a woman whose life, according to her doctor, can only be preserved with medical marijuana. The judges ruled that the federal government may nevertheless prosecute her for violating federal laws regarding drugs.