Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Oct 232014

Seattle Issues Cease and Desist Notices to 330 Medical Marijuana Businesses, Fails to Offer Solutions for Patients

Seattle, WA -- More than 300 medical marijuana businesses received cease and desist letters from the City of Seattle this week. While the move appears to be consistent with a local law requiring medical marijuana businesses to obtain state-issued licenses by January 1, 2015, those licenses do not yet exist. Patients are concerned that the cease and desist orders are part of a coordinated plan to shut down much-needed businesses and dismantle Washington's 16-year old medical marijuana law.

Oct 232014

Seattle sends warning letters to pot shops

Eugene Johnson, Associated Press

The city of Seattle is warning more than 300 medical marijuana businesses that their days could be numbered.

Oct 232014

Can medical marijuana solve our opioid addiction problem?

Nikhil Swaminathan, Al Jazeera America

When Ian Young went to get a massage in August 2008, he had already been living with pain for more than decade. A car accident with a drunk driver in 1997 had left him with lingering discomfort in his neck. Deep tissue massages, along with gym workouts and stretching, were his primary means of treating his pain.

Oct 232014

City of Seattle to Medical Marijuana Dealers: Get a License or Shut Down

Ellis Conklin, Seattle Weekly

The city of Seattle has sent out cease and desist letters to more than 300 medical marijuana outlets, demanding that businesses engaged in “major marijuana activity” -- involving more than 45 plants or 72 ounces of dried marijuana -- obtain a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. If they do not, they will be shut down by July 1, 2015.

Oct 222014

The Ten Questions Police Use to 'Lock In' Medical Marijuana Patients

David Downs, East Bay Express

This October, advocacy group Americans for Safe Access posted the latest training article from one the main opponents of medical cannabis in the state — the California Narcotics Officers Association. In the summer 2014 edition of the group's quarterly magazine, The California Narcotics Officer, an article detailed some of the more unsavory ways police attempt to discredit and imprison qualified medical cannabis patients.

Oct 222014

Recent Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Gardens in California Cut Off Treatment for Children Living with Epilepsy

Mendocino Co. / Modesto, CA -- As promising results from clinical trials are announced in the use of cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat intractable epilepsy, those lawfully cultivating the plant in California are being raided by local law enforcement. Two gardens destroyed by police in the past two months in Mendocino County and Modesto contained a rare strain of medical marijuana rich in Cannabidiol (or CBD) used by children many of whom do not respond to other drug treatments.

Oct 212014

From Seed to Smoker: The Medical Marijuana Process

Danny Kerry, Capital News Service

After Maryland is given the OK from the federal government, patients will be able to walk into a dispensary, show their card to the retailer and pick up their medical marijuana prescription.

Oct 202014

ASA California Weekly Roundup: October 20, 2014 - Americans for Safe Access

Voter registration formContents:

  • Message from the CA Director: Are you ready for November 4?
  • State & Local News: California, Lake County, Mendocino County, Anaheim, San Diego, San Jose, 
  • Public Meetings & Events: Redlands, Fresno, online, and more
  • Court Support: Oroville, Redding, and more
  • Take Action Now: Register to Vote, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco and Nevada County

Today is the deadline to register to vote at your current address for the November 4 election. Are you registered? It matters.

Oct 162014

Advocates Launch "Vote Medical Marijuana" Ahead of November Elections to Help Educate Supporters, Public

Washington, DC -- The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online TV advertisement to launch its groundbreaking, election-cycle voter education campaign "Vote Medical Marijuana." The ad will also air on this Sunday's morning cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Washington State. The campaign features an interactive online voter's guide at that provides information on political candidate positions as well as voting statistics and a report card for each Member of Congress and certain state elected officials.

Oct 152014

Marijuana dispensaries look to curb crime

Sarah Bruley, Yale Daily News

When licensed marijuana dispensaries began opening in August, Connecticut patients were optimistic they could legally access medical marijuana. But state officials say new laws have not significantly curbed illegal use of the drug in recent months.