ASA in the News

Jan 012007

Azusa council poised to approve ban on pot dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 01, 2007 7:00 PM

, Associated Press

AZUSA, Calif. -- The city is poised to join several others across California in banning medical marijuana dispensaries.

The City Council planned to vote Tuesday on an ordinance designed to prohibit the so-called "pot clubs." Officials approved the new rule unanimously on its first reading last month.

Dec 192006

Turku man becomes Finland's first legal user of medicinal marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 19, 2006 7:00 PM


     The apartment is nothing like a dingy drug den; no yellowed posters of hemp leaves, the Grateful Dead, or Haile Selassie adorn the walls.
     A wall clock just ticks on one of them.
      Aulis is an ordinary-looking 53-year-old man who appears almost shy, who lives in an apartment in the centre of Turku.
Nov 272006

Board to discuss medical marijuana ID card after tentative ruling supports Prop - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 27, 2006 7:00 PM

Shayla Ashmore, Lassen News (CA)

The medical marijuana identification card program will be back before the Lassen County Board of Supervisors sometime after Jan. 1 due to a San Diego County Superior Court ruling that counties must follow the state’s medical-marijuana laws regardless of federal drug statutes.

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.