Press Releases

Feb 192003

CA Representatives Announce Medical Marijuana Defense Bill - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 19, 2003 3:00 AM
Sacramento: Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) will be honored in Sacramento by the families of medical marijuana growers convicted under federal law for his efforts in the struggle to decriminalize medical marijuana.
Feb 182003

Medical Marijuana Activists to “Evict the DEA” Feb. 18 - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 18, 2003 3:00 AM
Oakland and San Francisco –Activists will “evict the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)” for criminal violations of medical marijuana patients’ and voters’ rights on the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Nationwide Day of Direct Action, Feb. 18. Currently, 40 medical marijuana patients and providers are facing federal charges and legitimate medical marijuana patients continue to be harassed and intimidated by the threat of DEA attacks.

The protests against the DEA precede President Bush’s appointment of a DEA Administrator.
Feb 142003

Medical Marijuana Awareness Week - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 14, 2003 3:00 AM
Saturday, Feb. 15th
12:00 pm - Press conference in front of Conservatory in Golden Gate Park. Activists announce their plan to implement Prop S and plant 215,000 Marijuana seeds for medical use. Ed Rosenthal, recently convicted in federal court despite his being given permission by city officials to grow medical marijuana , will bless the seeds.

4:20 pm - Medical Marijuana Banner will be dropped from the top of Twin Peaks.

Sunday, Feb.
Feb 082003

Recent Medical Marijuana Convictions Spur Action from State and Federal Government - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 08, 2003 3:00 AM
In a press conference in San Francisco today, state assembly member Mark Leno released a letter co-authored by state senator Don Perata and signed by 48 of their colleagues in the state assembly and state senate urging the CA congressional delegation to:
1. Secure states rights to regulate and oversee the use and cultivation of medical cannabis
2. Amend the controlled substance act to allow medical necessity defense and
Dec 132002

Statement of Steph Sherer Executive Director, Americans For Safe Access - Americans for Safe Access

  • December 13, 2002 3:00 AM
In a time of unprecedented intimidation from the Federal Government, Medical Marijuana patients and their providers won a hard fought victory today in the California Supreme Court. In a unanomous decision, the court held on Thursday that medical users who are arrested may have those charges dismissed without a trial if they are acting under the documented advice of a doctor. The decision reasserts what California voters decided when they passed proposition 215—that patients in need should have safe and legal access to medical marijuana.
Oct 222002


  • October 22, 2002 4:00 AM
WHAT: In response to raids by the Drug Enforcement Administration on medical cannabis patients & dispensaries, a banner reading: DEFEND MEDICAL MARIJUANA will fly above PacBell Park at the beginning of Tuesday’s game.

WHERE: Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2002; 5:00 pm, at beginning of World Series game

WHO: Sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana rights campaign. More details on ASA can be found online at www.safeaccessnow.
Oct 092002

Stop the Casualties of the Marijuana War! - Americans for Safe Access

  • October 09, 2002 4:00 AM
On September 27th the Preble County SWAT team executed a search warrant at the the residence of Clayton Helriggle, 23, of Lewisburg, Ohio. Just minutes into the drug raid Clayton Helriggle lay dying in the arms of his friend from a shotgun blast to the chest from a SWAT team member’s weapon. Later in the day sheriff deputies found one ounce of marijuana. The Ohio Cannabis Society, feeling that it has a moral obligation to inform the public of the harms of marijuana's prohibition, will hold a rally and march October 19, 2002.
Sep 182002

California Governor Gray Davis Speaks Out Against Federal Busts of Medical Marijuana Clinics Throughout State - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 18, 2002 4:00 AM
SACRAMENTO-Momentum and outrage continue to build in California and elsewhere in the wake of the Drug Enforcement Administration's September 6 raid of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz, CA. As reported on CNN, and in The New York Times, USA Today and others, WAMM distributed marijuana to cancer, AIDS, and other terminally ill patients on the steps of Santa Cruz city hall yesterday, backed by Mayor Christopher Krohn and several city council members, in a show of support for the patients and caregivers affected by the raid.
Sep 052002

Bay Area Activists to Protest at Federal Buildings - Americans for Safe Access

  • September 05, 2002 4:00 AM
San Francisco, CA – The Drug Enforcement Agency raided another medical marijuana dispensary today in Santa Cruz, California, arresting 2 people and shutting off safe access to life affirming medicine to 300 seriously ill patients. In response to the federal government’s failure to respect local state laws that permit the use of medical marijuana for the seriously ill, activists will engage in protest and civil disobedience at the Oakland and San Francisco Federal Buildings.
Aug 282002

Not All Students Will Start School This Week - Americans for Safe Access

  • August 28, 2002 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON, DC - According to new Department of Education data, over 30,000 college students have been denied federal loans and grants for the 2002-2003 school year due to the 1998 Higher Education Act drug provision. Since the HEA drug provision was first enforced in 2000, a total of 86,898 students have been denied aid. A drug conviction is the only crime that can result in the loss of federal financial aid.