Press Releases

National Medical Marijuana Action Week Begins Sunday, February 15th

Posted by · February 12, 2004 3:00 AM

San Francisco – Patients, doctors and activists will be gathering for fun events and political protests across the country during the 2nd annual National Medical Marijuana Action Week. Activities to raise awareness of the issues facing patients and the injustice of prosecutions range from dance parties and candlelight vigils to press conferences and presentations at Congressional offices.

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Feds Grab Medical Marijuana Patients from California State Courtroom

Posted by · January 15, 2004 3:00 AM

SACRAMENTO - On Tuesday, in a stunning display of duplicitous double dealing, federal agents seized two medical marijuana patients from a California state courtroom after the local prosecutor lured the couple’s defense counsel into the judge’s chambers by moving to dismiss the state charges. The couple now face federal charges mandating minimum sentences of 10 years to life in prison.

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Medical Marijuana Raids Are Unconstitutional, Appeals Court Rules

Posted by · December 17, 2003 3:00 AM

In a decision with far-reaching implications, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case of Raich v. Ashcroft back to the district court for the issuing of an injunction against any further arrests or prosecutions of medical marijuana patients and their providers. Read more

Probation for Directors of West Hollywood Medical Marijuana Center

Posted by · November 24, 2003 3:00 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Despite attempts by federal prosecutors to portray three former directors of a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary as common drug dealers, a federal judge showed leniency today and sentenced them each to one year of probation.
“I don’t know why the federal government is allocating resources to prosecuting medical marijuana cases,” said U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz, in sentencing the three officers of the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center (LACRC).
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Sentencing in Case that Closed West Hollywood Medical Marijuana Center

Posted by · November 21, 2003 3:00 AM

LOS ANGELES -- West Hollywood’s mayor and city council have asked the federal judge for leniency in a high-profile medical marijuana case. Three directors of the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center, a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary that was a model for openness and co-operation with local law enforcement and elected officials, are to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court.
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Campaign Targeting Congressmen on Medical Marijuana Starts Today

Posted by · November 20, 2003 3:00 AM

For the first time, a medical marijuana advocacy group is going after Congressmen where they live. Beginning today, every registered voter in four House Congressional districts will receive a phone call about their Representative’s vote against the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment, which would have stopped federal medical marijuana raids.

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Drug Czar’s Visit to San Francisco Draws Community Protestors Today

Posted by · November 17, 2003 3:00 AM

When the nation’s drug czar arrives in San Francisco today to take on medical marijuana and its supporters, he’ll be facing a tough crowd. As the leading spokesman for the federal government’s stated policy that there is no such thing as medical marijuana, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, John Walters, will be met by an array of community leaders and activists protesting his position.
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Drug Czar Tries to Duck Debate on Medical Marijuana Today

Posted by · November 17, 2003 3:00 AM

Medical marijuana patients and activists are giving the nation’s drug czar another chance to debate them today, by taking their Town Hall Meeting to him at Moscone Center, where he is addressing the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting.
John Walters, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, yesterday refused a challenge from Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, to explain what she called “his myths and misinformation.” Mr.
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