Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jul 112005

California Raids on Medical Marijuana Caregivers Stir Protests - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 11, 2005 4:00 AM
CALIFORNIA – In the past 6 weeks, California law enforcement agencies
have participated in or spearheaded raids on medical marijuana
dispensing collectives in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and
Sacramento. Advocates are concerned that state and local law enforcement
are making a habit of ignoring the Compassionate Use Act by notifying
the DEA when marijuana is implicated in a state or local investigation,
thereby nullifying a medical defense in federal court.
Jul 082005

STATE OFFICIALS ORDER MMJ ID PROGRAM HALT DESPITE LEGAL OPINIONS - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 08, 2005 4:00 AM
California – Medical marijuana patients and supporters across the state
called in protest to Governor Schwarzenegger, after learning that the
California Department of Health Services (DHS) suspended implementation
of the long-awaited voluntary ID program for patients and caregivers.
Jul 062005

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT-CAREGIVER SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 06, 2005 4:00 AM
San Francisco -- Robert Schmidt, a medical marijuana dispensary operator, cultivator, patient, and researcher was sentenced today by Judge Stephen Breyer to 41 months in federal prison, and 3 years supervised probabtion. Mr Schmidt's dispensary in Sonoma County, named Genesis 1:29, was shut down by federal agents in a raid in September 2002.
Jun 302005

PATIENT- ADVOCATES SERVE SUIT ON FRESNO FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY BAN - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 30, 2005 4:00 AM
FRESNO, CA – Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana
patient-advocacy group, served a lawsuit today against the city of Fresno
for restricting medical marijuana dispensing collectives from operating as
enumerated in California law. (To read the lawsuit, go to
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.
May 302005

Migraine sufferer finds relief from marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 30, 2005 8:00 PM

Shirley Hsu, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Not 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.

May 252005

Advocates Welcome State-Issued Medical Marijuana ID Cards - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 25, 2005 4:00 AM
Sacramento -- California Department of Health Services today launched a pilot medical marijuana ID card program as outlined by a law passed by the California legislature in 3 California counties Amador, Del Norte, and Mendocino. Trinity County will begin its program in a couple of weeks. A wider state roll-out of the piloted system will commence this summer on August 1.
May 202005

Patient Advocacy Group Appeals HHS Evasion - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 20, 2005 4:00 AM
Washington DC – A medical marijuana advocacy group filed an appeal with the Department of Health and Human Services after the agency declined their request to either correct or deny their petition seeking to dismiss government assertions that marijuana is dangerous and medically useless.
May 182005

Supreme Court Decision on Medical Marijuana Expected Anytime - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 18, 2005 4:00 AM
NATIONWIDE – The United States Supreme Court will render its decision in the Ashcroft v. Raich case any day. In the most-watched case before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, two California women argued that the federal government does not have the right to punish them for using the medical marijuana their doctors recommend and their state says is legal.
 
Americans for Safe Access representatives are available to provide commentary and analysis of the Raich decision.
May 032005

Lockyer: CA Courts Must Follow State Over Federal Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 03, 2005 4:00 AM
SACRAMENTO – In light of a recent statement by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, medical marijuana advocates are calling on him to issue a formal legal opinion requested by numerous public officials over the years. Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group, is asking Lockyer to answer the latest overdue request “to clarify the scope of permissible conduct of California officials,” made by Assemblymember Mervyn Dymally (D-CA) in June 2004 in regards to medical marijuana.
Apr 252005

Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Sues Fresno - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 25, 2005 4:00 AM

Fresno, CA - A medical Marijuana advocacy group has filed suit against the city of Fresno for enacting a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The lead plaintiff, William McPike, is suing Fresno with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana organization concerned with what they contend are the illegal permanent bans passed by Fresno and 3 other California municipalities.