ASA in the News
Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD (Hon), Journal of the American Medical Association
In Gonzalez v Raich, the US Supreme Court held that federal law enforcement authorities could criminally prosecute patients for possessing marijuana prescribed by a physician in accordance with state law.1 The Court did not overturn state medical marijuana laws but did open the door to criminal prosecution under federal drug statutes. The Court also did not foreclose future challenges to federal enforcement on other constitutional grounds (eg, an unwarranted invasion of patient-physician privacy).
Josh Indar, Chico News & ReviewA Butte County medical marijuana patient who is on probation for domestic violence is hoping she won't be made an example of, as she fears county prosecutors are gearing up to "take [her] to war" over her use of medical cannabis.
Shirley Hsu, San Gabriel Valley TribuneNot a week goes by that Julie Garcia doesn't get a migraine.
It's not the type of headache you can take two aspirin for, or draw a hot bath and wait it out.
It's a splitting, unrelenting pain that lasts hours and renders her unproductive for an entire day.
'It's just pounding and pounding ... It's awful. It's really awful,' said Garcia, 36, who's been getting the migraines since she was a teen.
Elaine O\'Connor, Vancouver Province
Pot activist Brian Carlisle had his medical marijuana seized by the Abbotsford police.
John Zicconi , Times Argus
MONTPELIER – A marijuana advocacy group on Monday began offering financial assistance to low-income Vermonters who cannot afford to register for the state's new medical-marijuana program.
Scott Schwebke, Montrose Daily Press
MONTROSE - A Montrose County Sheriff's Office detective says he favors changing a state law that prohibits police from knowing ahead of time who is entitled to grow medical marijuana.
Amy Ettinger, Santa Cruz Sentinel
Breakfast at the Compassion Flower Inn isn’t always 'mellow.' When Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, stayed there two weeks ago he argued that the minimum voting age should be raised to 35.
It’s not unusual for guests at the 'bed, bud and breakfast' to debate politics into the early afternoon, but it’s caffeine that fuels the morning conversation.
'Pot isn’t what drives the topics,' says co-owner Andrea Tischler.