Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Nov 012014

High stakes, low politics

Patricia Smith, The Union (Op-Ed)

With the election just days away, I know many of us are experiencing voter fatigue. Vote for this, don’t vote for that. Vote for me, don’t vote for my opponent.

Nov 012014

So much to do before Tuesday! - Americans for Safe Access

Ballot measures are not the only time you cast a vote for medical marijuana. But very vote you will cast this election, will be a vote in favor or against. From the floor of Congress, to your State house to City Hall, politicians are making decisions on medical marijuana policy on your behalf everyday.  

Check out ASA's new video on how to use VoteMedicalMarijuana.org to be an informed voter!

This month we revamped VoteMedicalMarijuana.org to educate the public and help voters choose the candidates who best represent their interests. The multi-pronged campaign includes television and web adssurveys distributed to candidates to gauge their support or opposition to sensible cannabis regulations, and a new Election Center, where voters can see the records of incumbents and the positions of candidates from all U.S. House and Senate races, all gubernatorial candidates, all state attorney general candidates, as well as more than 360 state legislative races in California, Florida, and Washington stand on medical marijuana. 

Oct 312014

Compassion, Reason over Florida’s Marijuana-Prohibition Status Quo - Americans for Safe Access

yes_on_2.PNGThe following is a segment from an opinion piece published by the PanAm Post. The complete version can be found here.

This election day, voters in Florida will have the chance to improve the health and well-being of their fellow Floridians by approving Amendment 2, a comprehensive medical-marijuana law. If it passes, Florida will become the 24th state in the country to adopt legal protections and create safe access to medical marijuana for patients with a physician’s recommendation.

If it fails, Florida’s patient population will continue to face a difficult dilemma: obey the law and not have access to medicine that works safely and effectively, or face the consequences of obtaining their medicine from an unregulated black market. Patients who could benefit from using medical marijuana under the recommendation of a physician should not be forced to make this decision.

Oct 312014

Medical Marijuana Is on Every Ballot This Election

Steph Sherer, Huffington Post (Op-Ed)

As the November 4th midterm elections approach, everyone interested in marijuana policy is looking at various voter initiatives across the country: legal adult use of marijuana in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., and a robust medical cannabis law in Florida.  But as interesting as it is to see which parts of the country will be the next to reform their marijuana laws, the reality is that every candidate on every ballot represents a chance to vote on medical marijuana.

Oct 302014

Help Us Secure Safe Access in Florida - Americans for Safe Access

With the help of advocates and supporters all over the state of Florida, medical marijuana is on the ballot as Amendment 2. However, we still have to win at the ballot box during this election to make safe access a reality for patients in the state.

Early voting is underway all across Florida – click here to find your early voting poll locations.

People support Amendment 2 for different reasons: some have told us it’s because of a family member, such as a child or a parent, suffering from a condition that would (or could) be alleviated by medical marijuana. Others have joined because they believe patients should have a safe alternative to harmful, addicting narcotics. Whatever your reason for supporting Amendment 2, we need to be sure we can count on your YES vote. 

Oct 302014

Measure S supporters claim improper use of Nevada County resources in opposition campaign

Keri Brenner, The Union

Measure S supporters are in the process of filing a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission against Nevada County officials, alleging improper use of county resources to oppose the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Oct 292014

Mysterious Burglary Leads to Raid on Activist’s Office Space - Americans for Safe Access

Last week, a well-known local activist and small business owner was effectively shut down when Police raided his office, stole his legal medical cannabis and ordered the electric meter removed. Very little explanation was given.

The bizarre story began very early Tuesday morning when unknown thieves attempted to break into a small medical cannabis grow-site in Imperial Beach, CA.  The building, on Palm Avenue in the small beach town, houses several retail shops and a family-owned insurance business belonging to Marcus Boyd. Marcus is Vice Chair of San Diego Americans for Safe Access, and the legal collective cannabis grow he cared for – hidden away in a unused part of the building-  was the site of the attempted break in.

Oct 282014

War on pot defies science, doctors testify in federal court

David Downs, San Francisco Chronicle

Three medical experts testified in federal court in California Friday and Monday that modern science renders the war on marijuana unconstitutional. Decades of medical research show the drug is not the danger the government has made it out to be, they told a federal judge.

Oct 272014

Should the Feds reclassify marijuana? US judge holds hearing

Daniel Wood, Christian Science Monitor

In a case that some say could change the relationship between the states and the federal government regarding marijuana, a US district judge in Sacramento, Calif., has granted a three-day hearing starting Monday that challenges the federal ban on the substance.

Oct 272014

ASA California Weekly Roundup: October 27, 2014 - Americans for Safe Access

The Farm in West HollywoodContents:

  • Message from the CA Director: No, it's not over yet
  • State & Local News: National, California, Oakland, West Hollywood, Laguna Woods, San Francisco, Mendocino County, San Bernardino County, Lake County, Hanford
  • Public Meetings & Events: Sacramento, Online, Washington DC
  • Court Support: Oroville, Redding, and more
  • Take Action Now: Pardon Dr. Mollie Fry, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego

I got a FaceBook message after ASA reported that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents raided two medical cannabis patients’ collectives in the Los Angeles area on Thursday: “I thought this crap was over???!!” Not yet, I am afraid. Federal interference and intimidation is still a reality in California, and there is reason to believe we will not see a change soon. Outgoing Deputy US Attorney General James M. Cole told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that raids and other federal pressure would continue until California gets its “regulatory act together.”