Press Releases

Dec 132005

NATIONWIDE PROTESTS DECRY DEA MEDICAL CANNABIS RAIDS - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 13, 2005 3:00 AM

NATIONWIDE -- Over two hundred medical marijuana patients and advocates protested DEA raids on 13 medical marijuana dispensaries outside the Federal Building in San Diego today, and further protests are planned in thirteen other cities nationwide at 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Dec 042005

Time Magazine Touts Cannabis As ‘Legitimate Medical Trend’ - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 04, 2005 3:00 AM

OAKLAND – Today’s issue of Time magazine reports that new research on the medical use of marijuana is one of the most significant medical developments of 2005. This article comes just one week after the final deadline for response to a legal challenge brought by a medical marijuana advocacy group that asks the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to stop claiming there is no medical use for marijuana.

Oct 262005

Oct 052005

ADVISORY: Local Bans on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Draw Lawsuits - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 05, 2005 4:00 AM

San Francisco, CA – Lawsuits over local bans on medical marijuana dispensaries will greet some of the elected officials gathering in San Francisco for the annual League of California Cities conference. Americans for Safe Access (ASA), an Oakland-based medical marijuana patient-advocacy group, will be announcing legal action against three California cities on the opening day of the convention. The ASA press conference will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 6, in front of the convention at Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St.

Aug 282005

ASA Compels CHP to Revise Medical Marijuana Policy - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 28, 2005 4:00 AM

CALIFORNIA -- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is unveiling new procedures for handling medical cannabis, thanks to action by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana patient advocacy organization. ASA research has shown that one-quarter of all medical cannabis arrests and seizures in California have been at the hands of CHP officers, but a suit filed against them by ASA for failure to uphold state law has resulted in a fundamental change in how officers are to treat patients and caregivers.

Jul 152005

Nationwide Memorials Grieving Suicide of MedPot Patient Who Faced Prison - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 15, 2005 4:00 AM
Nationwide --- On Tuesday, July 19, medical marijuana patients, doctors and
advocates will be memorializing the life of a well-known patient - activist
who committed suicide by demanding Congress take immediate action to avert
such tragedies.

On Monday, July 11, San Diego medical marijuana patient and advocate, Steve
McWilliams, committed suicide while awaiting federal sentencing.
Jul 132005

PATIENT GROUP FILES INJUNCTION TO STOP CHP SEIZURES OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 13, 2005 4:00 AM

OAKLAND – Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana patient advocacy group, today filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The injunction seeks an accelerated decision from the court in putting an end to the CHP's policy of seizing marijuana from qualified patients. The injunction is a follow-up to ASA’s lawsuit filed against the CHP on February 15, 2005.

Jul 112005

California Raids on Medical Marijuana Caregivers Stir Protests - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 11, 2005 4:00 AM
CALIFORNIA – In the past 6 weeks, California law enforcement agencies
have participated in or spearheaded raids on medical marijuana
dispensing collectives in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and
Sacramento. Advocates are concerned that state and local law enforcement
are making a habit of ignoring the Compassionate Use Act by notifying
the DEA when marijuana is implicated in a state or local investigation,
thereby nullifying a medical defense in federal court.
Jul 082005

STATE OFFICIALS ORDER MMJ ID PROGRAM HALT DESPITE LEGAL OPINIONS - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 08, 2005 4:00 AM
California – Medical marijuana patients and supporters across the state
called in protest to Governor Schwarzenegger, after learning that the
California Department of Health Services (DHS) suspended implementation
of the long-awaited voluntary ID program for patients and caregivers.