Press Releases

Sep 072007

State Civil Court Affirms Right to Cultivate Medical Marijuana Collectively - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 07, 2007 4:00 AM
Chico, CA -- Butte County Superior Court issued a strongly worded ruling Thursday, affirming the right of medical marijuana patients to cultivate collectively. In no uncertain terms, Superior Court Judge Barbara Roberts ruled that seriously ill patients cultivating collectively "should not be required to risk criminal penalties and the stress and expense of a criminal trial in order to assert their rights.
Aug 292007

New Mexico Patient Caught in Crossfire of Federal War Against Medical Marijuana Laws - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 29, 2007 4:00 AM
Carlsbad, New Mexico -- A Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement task force yesterday raided the Carlsbad home of Leonard French, a wheelchair-bound, licensed medical marijuana patient. Although no charges have been filed yet, a press release issued after the raid by the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force stated that charges are expected. The raid and subsequent seizure of French's six medical marijuana plants contradicts statements made by DEA Administrator Karen Tandy after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Gonzales v.
Aug 212007

Medical Marijuana Patients Argue for Right to Unlawfully Seized Property - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 21, 2007 4:00 AM
What: Oral arguments for two medical marijuana "Return of Property" cases in State Appellate Court
When: Thursday, August 23 at 1:30pm
Where: California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, 925 N.
Aug 012007

Seniors Take On Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 01, 2007 4:00 AM
Washington, D.C. -- A Florida medical marijuana patient, Irv Rosenfeld, who receives his medicine from the federal government, was interviewed by the country’s largest television network devoted to retirement programming for a news magazine segment that aired today in millions of homes across the U.S. The program Viewpoint, produced by Retirement Living Television (RLTV), which boasts 29 million viewers, also interviewed Dr. Bertha Madras, the Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Jul 252007

Los Angeles City Council Votes to End Federal DEA Medical Marijuana Raids - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 25, 2007 4:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- As the Los Angeles City Council voted today to move forward with the regulation of medical cannabis (marijuana) dispensaries, federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were conducting raids on at least 6 dispensaries in the greater Los Angeles area. The Council approved the first reading today of a moratorium on new dispensaries in the city, with final approval expected within a week. The moratorium will give the city time to draft regulations that would establish a permit process and guidelines for providers of medical marijuana.
Jul 192007

DEA Raids and Threats Against Landlords Used to Thwart Medical Marijuana Vote in Congress - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 19, 2007 4:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA -- In a calculated attempt to thwart a vote next week in Congress that would strip the Department of Justice (DoJ) of funds used against medical marijuana (cannabis), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over the past week conducted multiple raids on medical cannabis providers and threatened landlords in the Los Angeles area with property seizure. By Tuesday, federal agents had raided at least five medical cannabis dispensaries in the southern California area and handed down numerous indictments.
May 302007

Acquittal and Conviction but No Jail Time for Ed Rosenthal - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 30, 2007 4:00 AM
Oakland, CA -- For those who have not yet heard about the Rosenthal Federal trial, Ed Rosenthal was found guilty of three federal felonies related to the cultivation and distribution of marijuana. On the charges related to the Harm Reduction Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, the jury found Rosenthal not guilty of cultivation and distribution and deadlocked on a conspiracy count, which was subsequently dismissed by the prosecution.
May 242007

Medical Marijuana Group Moves to Hasten Outcome in Federal Lawsuit - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 24, 2007 4:00 AM
San Francisco, CA – A national medical marijuana patients’ rights group filed a motion for summary judgment today in its lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to accelerate a decision in the case. The plaintiff, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), filed a lawsuit in February 2007 challenging statements by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that marijuana has no accepted medical value.
May 032007

Science Magazine Weighs in on Federal Medical Marijuana Lawsuit - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 03, 2007 4:00 AM
Oakland, CA -- Former FDA Commissioner and Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, Dr. Don Kennedy, authored an editorial on medical marijuana in this week's edition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) publication. The AAAS concluded that the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated its own guidelines regarding information quality when it rejected the petition filed by national medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA).