Press Releases

Patient Advocacy Group Appeals HHS Evasion

Posted by · May 20, 2005 4:00 AM

Washington DC – A medical marijuana advocacy group filed an appeal with the Department of Health and Human Services after the agency declined their request to either correct or deny their petition seeking to dismiss government assertions that marijuana is dangerous and medically useless.
Read more

Supreme Court Decision on Medical Marijuana Expected Anytime

Posted by · May 18, 2005 4:00 AM

NATIONWIDE – The United States Supreme Court will render its decision in the Ashcroft v. Raich case any day. In the most-watched case before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, two California women argued that the federal government does not have the right to punish them for using the medical marijuana their doctors recommend and their state says is legal.
 
Americans for Safe Access representatives are available to provide commentary and analysis of the Raich decision.
Read more

Lockyer: CA Courts Must Follow State Over Federal Law

Posted by · May 03, 2005 4:00 AM

SACRAMENTO – In light of a recent statement by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, medical marijuana advocates are calling on him to issue a formal legal opinion requested by numerous public officials over the years. Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group, is asking Lockyer to answer the latest overdue request “to clarify the scope of permissible conduct of California officials,” made by Assemblymember Mervyn Dymally (D-CA) in June 2004 in regards to medical marijuana.
Read more

Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Sues Fresno

Posted by · April 25, 2005 4:00 AM

Fresno, CA - A medical Marijuana advocacy group has filed suit against the city of Fresno for enacting a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The lead plaintiff, William McPike, is suing Fresno with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana organization concerned with what they contend are the illegal permanent bans passed by Fresno and 3 other California municipalities.

Read more

Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Urges HHS Nominee Michael Leavitt Act on Marijuana Petitions with Fairness, Accuracy, and Speed

Posted by · December 13, 2004 3:00 AM

BERKELEY -- The following is a statement on the nomination of Michael Leavitt as New Health and Human Services Secretary by Steph Sherer, executive director, Americans for Safe Access:
"We urge the next secretary of HHS to bring the weight of overwhelming scientific evidence to reclassifying marijuana in the U.S, in recognition of its medical value. This reclassification will increase long overdue access to medical marijuana for seriously ill people here in the U.S.
Read more

Patient Sues Emeryville for Losing His Medical Marijuana

Posted by · December 09, 2004 3:00 AM

EMERYVILLE – James Blair, a spinal injury patient arrested on marijuana cultivation charges a year ago, marked the anniversary of the incident today by suing the City of Emeryville and the Emeryville Police Department. Assisted by the patient advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Blair is suing Emeryville Police Department (EPD) for damages resulting from his wrongful arrest and seizure as well as injunctive relief to force Emeryville to adopt sensible police policies with regard to medical marijuana.
Read more

HHS Stalls on Medical Marijuana Decision

Posted by · December 08, 2004 3:00 AM

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has met the deadline for response to a medical marijuana advocacy organization’s petition calling for corrections to "scientifically flawed statements" contained in the HHS review of the Marijuana Rescheduling petition of 1995 with a 60 day extension request for further review by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The Center wrote that they will be consulting with the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in preparing their response.

Read more

Medical Marijuana Activists Looking Beyond Supreme Court

Posted by · November 26, 2004 3:00 AM

Washington, D.C.   In the most-watched case before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, two California women will argue Monday that the federal government does not have the right to punish them for using the medical marijuana their doctors recommend and their state says is legal. But activists are looking beyond the Court’s decision in Ashcroft vs.

Read more