Press Releases

Anniversary of Landmark Sentencing Draws National Protests

Posted by · June 02, 2004 4:00 AM

On the anniversary of a landmark federal sentencing, medical marijuana patients and activists across the country are rallying at the offices of members of Congress Friday, demanding an end to federal prosecutions.

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Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Training Public Defenders

Posted by · May 04, 2004 4:00 AM

Los Angeles – Successfully defending medical marijuana patients in court will be the focus of a series of legal trainings kicking off in Los Angeles tomorrow. Public defenders and court-appointed attorneys will be on hand at the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors building tomorrow evening at 5:30pm for the first of 24 sessions presented by the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA).

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Supreme Court Asked to Overturn Ban on Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Posted by · 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.

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Veterans Demand VA Provide Better Access to Medical Marijuana

Posted by · 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.

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