Press Releases

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Protests Wednesday Noon in SF, Sacto over DEA Raids

Posted by · September 04, 2004 4:00 AM

ROSEVILLE – Federal agents descended on the foothill town of Roseville yesterday to raid one of the Sacramento area’s only licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Local advocates are calling for noon protests Wednesday at the federal buildings in Sacramento and San Francisco.
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Bryan Epis is FREE!

Posted by · August 09, 2004 4:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (Monday, August 9, 2004) – Bryan James Epis, 37, the first medical marijuana patient convicted in federal court after the passage of California’s Proposition 215, walked out of federal prison in Long Beach at approximately 4:00pm today, thanks to an order this morning by an appeals court in San Francisco.
He will be re-united with his 11-year-old daughter, Ashley, tomorrow morning at 10:00am on the steps of the federal courthouse in Sacramento where he was convicted.
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How Drug War Targets Most Vulnerable, Topic of Boston Meetings

Posted by · July 23, 2004 4:00 AM

BOSTON – How America’s Drug War has become an attack on our country’s most disadvantaged is the topic of two talks to be delivered by the Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access. Steph Sherer, a medical marijuana patient, noted activist, and expert on drug policy was invited to address two plenary sessions of the Boston Social Forum, a gathering of several hundred national progressives at the University of Massachusetts.
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Medical Marijuana Protest at Oakland California Highway Patrol Office Tuesday

Posted by · July 12, 2004 4:00 AM

OAKLAND – Tuesday at Noon, medical marijuana patients and local activists will be demonstrating in front of the California Highway Patrol headquarters in Oakland. They will be protesting a June 30th incident on Market Street that ended with four suspects being turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency after CHP officers uncovered a marijuana-growing operation there.
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