Press Releases

ADVISORY: Local Bans on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Draw Lawsuits

Posted by · 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.

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ASA Compels CHP to Revise Medical Marijuana Policy

Posted by · 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.

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Nationwide Memorials Grieving Suicide of MedPot Patient Who Faced Prison

Posted by · 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. Read more

PATIENT GROUP FILES INJUNCTION TO STOP CHP SEIZURES OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Posted by · 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.

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California Raids on Medical Marijuana Caregivers Stir Protests

Posted by · 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. Read more

STATE OFFICIALS ORDER MMJ ID PROGRAM HALT DESPITE LEGAL OPINIONS

Posted by · 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. Read more

MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT-CAREGIVER SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON

Posted by · July 06, 2005 4:00 AM

San Francisco -- Robert Schmidt, a medical marijuana dispensary operator, cultivator, patient, and researcher was sentenced today by Judge Stephen Breyer to 41 months in federal prison, and 3 years supervised probabtion. Mr Schmidt's dispensary in Sonoma County, named Genesis 1:29, was shut down by federal agents in a raid in September 2002.
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Advocates Welcome State-Issued Medical Marijuana ID Cards

Posted by · May 25, 2005 4:00 AM

Sacramento -- California Department of Health Services today launched a pilot medical marijuana ID card program as outlined by a law passed by the California legislature in 3 California counties Amador, Del Norte, and Mendocino. Trinity County will begin its program in a couple of weeks. A wider state roll-out of the piloted system will commence this summer on August 1.
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