ASA in the News

Nov 272006

Michigan tackles medical, recreational marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 27, 2006 7:00 PM

Associated Press, WOOD TV8 (MI)

Charles Snyder III says his rare disorder, nail patella syndrome, sometimes leaves him in so much pain he'd nearly be bedridden without pain medication -- such as marijuana.

Nov 202006

Tracy pot store to be shut down - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 20, 2006 7:00 PM

Phil Hayworth, Tracy Press (CA)

“Sally” describes herself as a 50-year-old professional in the education field who uses marijuana to relax back muscles that often get so tense that she can’t sleep. Her doctor recently prescribed marijuana for the tension, and she remembers how well it worked 10 years ago when she had cancer and the chemotherapy made her so sick that she had no appetite.
Nov 202006

Boca man credits medical marijuana for his health - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 20, 2006 7:00 PM

Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post

On Monday, Irvin Rosenfeld started his 25th year of smoking nearly a dozen joints a day. Getting busted is the least of his problems. His more than 200 bone tumors were supposed to continue to grow until they left him paralyzed or caused a clot to break loose and kill him. Without his'medicine,' which he's received since 1982, 'I definitely believe that would have happened by now,' the stockbroker with offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale said Monday.
Nov 152006

Gardena joins bans on medical marijuana outlets - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 15, 2006 7:00 PM

Gene Maddaus , Daily Breeze (CA)

Weeks after ordering two medical marijuana dispensaries to close, the Gardena City Council imposed a moratorium on such facilities Tuesday night.

Oct 262006

4 Face Charges After Raid Of Green Cross Dispensary - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 26, 2006 8:00 PM

Ian Hanigan, Daily Breeze

Federal agents raided the Torrance shop and jailed four who allegedly tried to sell marijuana to agents from a countywide task force.

Federal agents seized about 70 pounds of marijuana along with nearly 100 pot plants, a shotgun and a small amount of cash during last week's raid of a medical marijuana dispensary in Torrance, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman said Monday.

Though the DEA claimed no arrests, police working for a county task force jailed four people who arrived later that day to sell cannabis to the co-op.
Oct 042006

Medical Marijuana and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 04, 2006 8:00 PM

Anthony Gregory,

On Tuesday, Drug Enforcement Administration agents swooped down upon the premier medical marijuana club in California’s Bay Area, targeting its dispensary and seven ancillary locations in San Francisco and Oakland. By destroying and confiscating property, seizing medical records, pummeling ATM machines with sledge hammers and jailing fifteen people, the federal agency hopes to teach a lesson, not just to medicinal pot users but to all Americans – this area, as all areas in the country, belongs to the federal government.

Oct 032006

DEA, police serve search warrant at local marijuana dispensary - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 03, 2006 8:00 PM

K Kaufmann and Marie McCain, The Desert Sun

A medical marijuana-laced “tip” left for an employee at Palm Springs’ Spa Resort & Casino in September ended with a search-and-seizure raid on a Palm Springs medical marijuana dispensary on Wednesday.

May 242006

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Medical Marijuana Prohibition - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 24, 2006 8:00 PM

Kenneth Michael White, OP/ED,

Since California first did it in 1996, several other States have decriminalized medical marijuana, even though the Federal Government considers all marijuana to be contraband. Despite the constant threat of Federal criminal sanction, there are thousands of people in the United States who use marijuana for medical purposes. Did these people come to their decision to use medical marijuana in accordance with the teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

May 182006

Marijuana collective sues Butte County officials - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 18, 2006 8:00 PM

Ryan Olson, Chico Enterprise Record

A group of seven people qualified for medicinal marijuana are suing Butte County officials after a sheriff's deputy ordered the destruction of nearly all their plants.

The Oakland-based Americans for Safe Access is filing a lawsuit in Butte County Superior Court on behalf of David Williams and six other plaintiffs. The lawsuit alleges Butte County officials violated the law by refusing to recognize their established collective.

May 022006

County will issue pot cards - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 02, 2006 8:00 PM

Tim Morancan, Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County residents will be able to get county-issued medical marijuana identification cards in the future.

But they won't be able to buy the drug legally here, if county Board of Supervisors Chairman Ray Simon has anything to do with it.