Press Releases

Jun 212013

U.S. Mayors Demand Change to Federal Policy, End to Crackdown on Medical Marijuana in Their Cities - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 21, 2013 4:00 AM

Las Vegas, NV -- As mayors from across the country gather today in Las Vegas for the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, the federal government's crackdown on medical marijuana is expected to be discussed and debated over the weekend. A resolution "in support of states setting their own marijuana policies without federal interference" was introduced in advance of the conference by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and co-sponsored by eight other mayors from across the country. Deliberation on the resolution comes days after medical marijuana advocates issued an alarming report detailing how the Obama Justice Department has spent nearly $300 million to undermine medical marijuana laws in the U.S.

Jun 132013

Report: Obama Justice Department Has Spent Nearly $300 Million on Aggressive Medical Marijuana Enforcement - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 13, 2013 4:00 AM

Washington, DC -- Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) issued a report today, detailing the costs associated with the federal government's years-long enforcement effort in states that have adopted medical marijuana laws. Notably, the report, which is entitled "What's the Cost?" states that since 1996 nearly half a billion dollars ($500 million) has been spent by the Justice Department -- over three presidential administrations -- to investigate, raid, arrest, prosecute, and imprison hundreds of medical marijuana patients and their providers. The report is intended for Congressional legislators in an effort to lobby for federal policy reforms, and is part of the Peace for Patients campaign recently launched by ASA.

May 272013

Several Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Surrender to Federal Authorities to Serve Lengthy Prison Sentences - Americans for Safe Access

Detroit, MI -- Several Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers are being forced to surrender to federal authorities over the next few days to serve out lengthy prison terms, after being convicted in federal court without any opportunity to defend themselves on medical necessity or state law grounds. Some defendants went to trial while others pleaded guilty when they saw no opportunity to defend their actions under state law. Advocates are staging a press conference at the federal courthouse in Detroit Tuesday at Noon to draw attention to the Obama Administration's ongoing imprisonment of state lawful medical marijuana patients and providers

May 272013

Several Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Surrender to Federal Authorities to Serve Lengthy Prison Sentences - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 27, 2013 4:00 AM

Detroit, MI -- Several Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers are being forced to surrender to federal authorities over the next few days to serve out lengthy prison terms, after being convicted in federal court without any opportunity to defend themselves on medical necessity or state law grounds. Some defendants went to trial while others pleaded guilty when they saw no opportunity to defend their actions under state law.

May 232013

New Hampshire Legislature Votes Overwhelmingly to Approve Statewide Medical Marijuana Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 23, 2013 4:00 AM
Concord, NH -- The New Hampshire Senate voted 18-6 today to approve HB 573, bringing the state closer to passing the country's next medical marijuana law. The New Hampshire House overwhelmingly approved a similar version of the bill in March by a 286-64 vote, making this the third time in four years that the legislature has passed a medical marijuana law. The previous two bills were vetoed by then-Governor John Lynch, but HB 573 is expected to be signed by Governor Maggie Hassan after the bill is finalized in a House/Senate conference committee.
May 222013

Los Angeles Voters Overwhelmingly Adopt Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulations at the Ballot Box - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 22, 2013 4:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- An overwhelming sixty-three percent of Los Angeles voters passed Measure D yesterday, bringing long-awaited regulations to the city's medical marijuana dispensaries. Measure D, which was placed on the ballot earlier this year by the Los Angeles City Council, will provide "limited immunity" to more than a hundred dispensaries currently operating in the city.
May 172013

After Senate Vote, Illinois Now Waits on Governor Quinn to Become the 19th Medical Marijuana State - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 17, 2013 4:00 AM
Springfield, IL -- The Illinois Senate voted 35-21 today to pass HB1, the "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act," which creates a framework to protect physicians and certain qualified medical marijuana patients from arrest and prosecution. Today's vote comes a month after the Illinois House voted 61-57 in favor of HB1. The bill now goes to Governor Quinn and if he signs it, Illinois would become the country's 19th medical marijuana state.
May 112013

Medical Marijuana Advocates Protest U.S. Attorney General Holder's Speech in Berkeley - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 11, 2013 4:00 AM

Berkeley, CA -- As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a commencement speech this morning for UC Berkeley law school graduates, a plane flew overhead with a banner that read "Holder: End Rx Cannabis War. #Peace4Patients," in protest against recent actions by the Justice Department (DOJ) in the Bay Area.

May 082013

DOJ Files Forfeiture Lawsuit Against One of California's Oldest Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 08, 2013 4:00 AM
Berkeley, CA -- One of California's oldest medical marijuana dispensaries, Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), was served with a lawsuit Friday in an attempt to seize the property in which it operates and to ultimately shut the facility down. In the forfeiture complaint, which is similar to one filed against Oakland's Harborside Health Center last July, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag makes no mention of local or state law violations.
May 082013

Massachusetts Public Health Council Votes to Approve Regulations for Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 08, 2013 4:00 AM

Boston, MA -- The Massachusetts Public Health Council voted today to approve final regulations issued by the Department of Public Health (DPH) for the implementation of the state's first medical marijuana program. Today's approved regulations are the work of weeks of deliberation, during which DPH sought input from medical marijuana patients and other stakeholders, which allowed the patient community to successfully voice its concerns.