Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Aug 092004

Bryan Epis is FREE! - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 09, 2004 4:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (Monday, August 9, 2004) – Bryan James Epis, 37, the first medical marijuana patient convicted in federal court after the passage of California’s Proposition 215, walked out of federal prison in Long Beach at approximately 4:00pm today, thanks to an order this morning by an appeals court in San Francisco.
He will be re-united with his 11-year-old daughter, Ashley, tomorrow morning at 10:00am on the steps of the federal courthouse in Sacramento where he was convicted.
Jul 232004

How Drug War Targets Most Vulnerable, Topic of Boston Meetings - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 23, 2004 4:00 AM
BOSTON – How America’s Drug War has become an attack on our country’s most disadvantaged is the topic of two talks to be delivered by the Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access. Steph Sherer, a medical marijuana patient, noted activist, and expert on drug policy was invited to address two plenary sessions of the Boston Social Forum, a gathering of several hundred national progressives at the University of Massachusetts.
 
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Jul 122004

Harris Thwarting Democracy Again, Say Medical Marijuana Protesters - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 12, 2004 4:00 AM
SARASOTA– At 2:00 pm today, medical marijuana protesters are gathering at a local Congressional office demanding an end to the federal government's refusal to respect state laws and the will of the people. They are denouncing Rep. Katherine Harris’ vote to continue federal arrests of medical marijuana patients.
Local patients will be joined at her office by national medical marijuana leaders, a juror who had a change of heart after a high-profile federal trial, and family members of a man serving a ten-year sentence for helping the sick and suffering.
Jul 122004

Medical Marijuana Protest at Oakland California Highway Patrol Office Tuesday - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 12, 2004 4:00 AM
OAKLAND – Tuesday at Noon, medical marijuana patients and local activists will be demonstrating in front of the California Highway Patrol headquarters in Oakland. They will be protesting a June 30th incident on Market Street that ended with four suspects being turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency after CHP officers uncovered a marijuana-growing operation there.
Jul 092004

Medical Marijuana Protest at Congressman's Office 10am Today - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 09, 2004 4:00 AM
FT. LAUDERDALE – Medical marijuana patients, their families and national advocates will be at the office of  Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. today at 10:00 am, protesting his vote to continue imprisoning sick and suffering Americans even in states that have laws protecting them.
Local patients will be joined at Rep. Shaw’s office by the directors of the nation’s largest advocacy group for medical marijuana, a juror who had a change of heart after a high-profile federal trial, and family members of a man serving a ten-year sentence for helping the sick and suffering.
Jul 072004

Medical Marijuana Demonstration Today at Orlando Congressman's Office - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 07, 2004 4:00 AM

ORLANDO – At noon today medical marijuana protesters are gathering at a local Congressional office demanding an end to the federal government's refusal to respect state laws. Congress will be voting today or tomorrow on a bill to stop the federal arrest of patients in states that allow the medical use of marijuana. 

Jul 072004

Congress Voting on Measure to End Medical Marijuana Raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 07, 2004 4:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting today or tomorrow on a bi-partisan bill to stop the federal arrest of patients in states that allow the medical use of marijuana. Last year’s debate was impassioned, with the Republican co-sponsor of the bill breaking down in tears as he recounted his mother’s losing battle with cancer and his obligation to see that she had access to any medication that would help her. 

Jun 282004

Supreme Court Takes Key Medical Marijuana Case - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 28, 2004 4:00 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will take up a landmark California case that recently established a medical exception to the federal prohibition on marijuana. In December 2003, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled in the case of two California women and their caregivers that federal prosecutions of many medical marijuana patients and their caregivers are unconstitutional. That precedent has already affected many other medical marijuana cases.
Jun 162004

Medical Marijuana Patient’s Federal Appeal Today - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 16, 2004 4:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO – A Chico man will be before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this morning, arguing that his 2002 conviction for conspiring to grow medical marijuana was not only unconstitutional but based on misconduct by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento. Bryan James Epis, 37, was the first person associated with a California medical marijuana dispensary to be tried under federal law. He is currently serving a mandatory ten-year sentence in federal prison. 

Jun 112004

Prison No Place for Pot Patients - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 11, 2004 4:00 AM
Since medical marijuana patient and caregiver Bryan Epis was sentenced in October 2002 to a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison, his case has become the prime example of how far – and how wrong – the federal government can go in prosecuting its war on drugs. The injustice of his sentence now gets routine mention in editorials, columns and letters-to-the-editor, and his name has become a rallying cry for a movement that is gaining momentum.