Press Releases

Apr 212004

Supreme Court Asked to Overturn Ban on Medical Marijuana Prosecutions - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 21, 2004 4:00 AM

San Francisco –  The government wants to roll back the decision by a federal appeals court that the prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional when used to prosecute people who use it medicinally. Tuesday the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Raich vs. Ashcroft, which found that the federal ban does not apply to those who use cannabis for medical purposes on their doctors' advice, obtain the medicine without buying it, and get it within their state's borders.

Apr 122004

Feb 192004

Veterans Demand VA Provide Better Access to Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2004 3:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO –  At noon today, veterans and medical marijuana activists in San Francisco will be asking doctors working for the Veteran’s Administration to help provide better access to medical marijuana. Veterans report that many VA doctors resist giving recommendations out of fear of retaliation from the federal government, which oversees veteran healthcare.

Feb 182004

National Day of Action for Medical Marijuana Activists Today - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2004 3:00 AM

San Francisco –  Patients, doctors and activists are gathering at noon today at the offices of their Representatives to the U.S. House to either praise or protest them, as part of the 2nd annual National Medical Marijuana Action Week. Each of the targeted members of Congress will receive a certificate either thanking or condemning their votes on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment, recent federal legislation which would have de-funded DEA raids on medical marijuana patients.  

Feb 162004

Medical Marijuana Changes to be Challenged at Oakland City Council - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 16, 2004 3:00 AM
Oakland – Medical marijuana activists are asking Oakland City Council to reconsider new regulations that would limit access to medical marijuana. The second reading of the new restrictions is scheduled for Tuesday night’s council meeting, following a rally and press conference held by activists on the steps of City Hall.
 
At issue is a proposal to rollback the number of medical marijuana dispensaries the city allows to operate, as well as cut by 75% the number of plants dispensaries, and possibly patients, would be allowed to maintain.