Press Releases

Jul 312008

CA Appellate Court Upholds Medical Marijuana Law - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 31, 2008 4:00 AM
San Diego, CA -- The Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of California issued a published opinion today stating that federal law does not preempt the state's medical marijuana law. The County of San Diego filed suit against the state in February 2006, which was rejected by the Superior Court in December of that year.
Jul 282008

Entrapment is Key Defense in Federal Medical Marijuana Trial - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 28, 2008 4:00 AM

Los Angeles, CA -- A federal trial began Friday against Charles Lynch, 46, a medical marijuana provider from Morro Bay, CA, who had operated a city-sanctioned dispensary for qualified patients and their primary caregivers. Before being raided by federal agents on March 29, 2007, Lynch had operated for 11 months without incident and with the blessing of the Morro Bay City Council, the local Chamber of Commerce, and other community members.

Jun 142008

Medical Student Section of AMA Endorses Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 14, 2008 4:00 AM

Chicago, IL -- The Medical Student Section (MSS) of the American Medical Association (AMA) approved a resolution yesterday urging the AMA to support the reclassification of marijuana for medical use. The AMA is currently holding its annual conference in Chicago and is making a number of policy decisions over the next few days. The MSS
will send the resolution to the AMA House of Delegates for a final vote at its interim meeting in November.
Jun 092008

Advocacy & Rights Groups Defend CA Medical Marijuana Laws - Americans for Safe Access

  • June 09, 2008 4:00 AM
WHAT:  Oral arguments before the California 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego and San Bernardino Counties’ challenge to the state medical marijuana laws.  A media availability with ACLU and ASA attorneys will follow the hearing.

WHO:  Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access, and Adam Wolf, an attorney with the ACLU, will argue before the court tomorrow.

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 10, at 9:00 a.m.
May 282008

California Assembly Votes to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients' Right to Work - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 28, 2008 4:00 AM
Sacramento, CA -- A medical marijuana employment rights bill, which would protect hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients in California from employment discrimination, passed the State Assembly today. AB2279, introduced in February by Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and co-authored by Assemblymembers Patty Berg (D-Eureka), Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Lori Saldaña (D-San Diego), would reverse a January California Supreme Court decision in the case Ross v. RagingWire.
Apr 182008

Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act Introduced in Congress - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 18, 2008 4:00 AM
Washington, D.C. -- Congressional Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced the "Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act," HR 5842, yesterday, a bill co-sponsored by Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Sam Farr (D-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Ron Paul (R-TX). The act would change federal policy on medical marijuana in a number of ways.
Apr 172008

Medical Marijuana Employment Rights Bill Passes Two State Assembly Committees - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 17, 2008 4:00 AM
Sacramento, CA -- A state medical marijuana employment rights bill, which has the support of statewide SEIU and AFSCME and the nearly 1 million workers they represent in California, was approved today by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on a 6-2 vote. AB2279, which protects the rights of hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients in California from employment discrimination, was introduced in February by Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and co-authored by Assemblymembers Patty Berg (D-Eureka), Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Lori Saldaña (D-San Diego).
Apr 012008

LA City Council to Vote to End DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana Providers - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 01, 2008 4:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles City Council will vote Wednesday on a resolution introduced by Council members Dennis Zine, Janice Hahn, and Bill Rosendahl calling for an end to federal interference in California's medical marijuana laws.
Mar 242008

Victims of DEA Raids to Testify at LA City Council Meeting Tuesday at 10am - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 24, 2008 4:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- At least three medical marijuana dispensary operators, who have been forced to close as a result of raids by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will testify before the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday at 10am, during the public comment period. Afterwards, they will march with advocates to the DEA offices downtown for an 11am rally. Virgil Grant, who's medical marijuana dispensaries were raided by the DEA last Thursday, will call on the City Council to end federal interference.
Mar 172008

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Testify at Taxpayers' Hearing in Sacramento - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 17, 2008 4:00 AM
Sacramento, CA -- More than a half-dozen medical marijuana dispensary operators from across the state are expected to testify tomorrow at 1:30pm before the State Board of Equalization (BOE) at its Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Hearing. Dispensary operators from southern and northern California, joined by medical marijuana advocates, will be in Sacramento to discuss the significant contribution of $100 million in annual sales tax revenue to an ailing state budget.