Press Releases

Feb 212008

State Bill Protects Employment Rights of Medical Marijuana Patients - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 21, 2008 3:00 AM
Sacramento, CA -- Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and several co-authors introduced a bill yesterday that would protect the rights of hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients in California from employment discrimination. The bill leaves intact existing state law prohibiting medical marijuana consumption at the workplace and protects employers from liability by carving out an exception for safety-sensitive positions.
Jan 242008

CA Supreme Court Denies Medical Marijuana Patients' Right to Work - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 24, 2008 3:00 AM
Sacramento, CA -- The California Supreme Court ruled against medical marijuana patient Gary Ross today in his fight against employment discrimination. In a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court claimed that Ross could not rely on the Fair Housing and Employment Act or the state's medical marijuana law to prevent discrimination at the workplace. The Court did indicate in its decision that the state legislature had not adequately clarified employment rights of medical marijuana patients.
Dec 182007

Medical Marijuana Patients, City of San Diego Reject County's Claim of Federal Preemption - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 18, 2007 3:00 AM
San Diego, CA -- A group of medical marijuana patients from across California filed a legal brief today using two new legal arguments that oppose San Diego County's attempt to overturn state law. The patients' brief, filed by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a nationwide medical marijuana advocacy organization, came only days after the City of San Diego filed an amicus, "friend of the court," brief in support of patients and in opposition to the county's legal challenge.
Nov 282007

Appellate Court Strongly Vindicates Patients' Right to Medical Marijuana Seized by Police - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 28, 2007 3:00 AM

Santa Ana, CA -- A California Appeals Court ruled today in favor of Felix Kha, a medical marijuana patient from Garden Grove seeking the return of his 8 grams of medical marijuana that was seized by police. In a ruling that rejects law enforcement’s claim that federal law preempts the state’s medical marijuana law, the court asserted “we do not believe the federal drug laws supersede or preempt Kha’s right to the return of his property.

Nov 192007

New Study Finds Marijuana Compound Inhibits Breast Cancer Growth - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 19, 2007 3:00 AM

San Francisco, CA -- A new study announced today by the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (CPMCRI) found that a non-psychoactive, naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant (marijuana) called cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits the activity of breast cancer cells “in vitro” and in animals.

Nov 022007

CA Supreme Court to Hear Medical Marijuana Right to Work Case - Americans for Safe Access

  • November 02, 2007 4:00 AM

Sacramento, CA -- Gary Ross, a 45-year old disabled veteran and a medical marijuana patient living in Carmichael, California, is at the forefront of a landmark employment case, with significant ramifications for patients in California and across the country. Ross was fired in September 2001 for failing an employer-mandated drug test while working as a systems engineer for RagingWire Telecommunications, Inc. The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Ross v. RagingWire case on Tuesday, November 6 at 9am in Sacramento.

Oct 092007

Advisory: Hundreds to Rally in LA, Urge Governor to End Medical Marijuana Raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 09, 2007 4:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- Hundreds of patients and advocates are expected to rally in front of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Los Angeles office on Thursday, October 11, calling on him to stand up for patients’ rights and defend the state’s medical marijuana law by urging the Bush Administration to end the raids on patients and providers. The rally is being organized by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a national medical cannabis (marijuana) advocacy organization.
Oct 032007

Medical Marijuana Edible Maker to Turn Himself Over to Federal Authorities Thursday - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 03, 2007 4:00 AM

Oakland, CA -- Medical cannabis (marijuana) edible producer Michael Martin, 33, will turn himself over to federal authorities Thursday in response to an arrest warrant issued last week. Martin received word of the September 26 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raid on Tainted, Inc. while on vacation, and is not considered a fugitive as reported earlier by government and media. This event will coincide with a lively demonstration at the Oakland federal building calling for an end to medical cannabis raids and justice for Michael Martin.

Sep 272007

Federal Agents Deny Thousands of Patients Access to Edible Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 27, 2007 4:00 AM

Oakland, CA -- The federal interference with California’s medical marijuana program escalated yesterday with raids in Oakland on a supplier of edible medicinal products.

Wednesday’s paramilitary-style raids by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) involved five locations the DEA says are connected to Tainted, Inc., a well-known supplier of edible medical cannabis products available in dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries across the state.

Sep 212007

Congressional Vote Thursday Maintains State Control over Medical Marijuana Laws - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 21, 2007 4:00 AM
Washington, D.C. -- Both Houses of the U.S. Congress voted this week, with the Senate voting yesterday, to pass the "Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007," without a medical marijuana amendment that was objectionable to advocates. In April, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), a staunch medical marijuana opponent, introduced an amendment to the legislation requiring that, "State-legalized medical marijuana be subject to the full regulatory requirements of the Food and Drug Administration.