Press Releases

Not All Students Will Start School This Week

Posted by · 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. Read more

HOLLYWOOD BRIEFING BY DEA CHIEF DRAWS PROTESTS

Posted by · July 09, 2002 4:00 AM

CA, STATEWIDE—The last time Asa Hutchinson visited California, the DEA raided two San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries, seizing property and arresting four prominent activists including nationally renowned author Ed Rosenthal. Tomorrow, Hutchinson returns to the state to brief Hollywood’s top brass just as Rosenthal appears before a Federal Court in San Francisco. Read more

DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will be Met With New Nationwide Protests

Posted by · June 13, 2002 4:00 AM

SAN FRANSISCO – Last week thousands of people who organized under the banner Americans For Safe Access (ASA) disrupted business-as-usual at 50 regional outposts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, including the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. The protests were organized to publicize an expected permanent injunction that was granted yesterday by US District Court Judge Charles Breyer which orders medical marijuana dispensaries in California to stop distributing the medicine to certified patients. Read more

Ohio Protest to Stop the DEAs Expanding War on Medical Marijuana and Patients!

Posted by · June 04, 2002 4:00 AM

June 6th has been declared as a day for a nation-wide action by a coalition of dozens of marijuana reform groups all across the United States. The nation-wide day of action has been called because of the recent raids of the DEA and the federal government on California's legal marijuana medical buyer's clubs and patients that use these buyer's clubs as a source for safe medical marijuana. The Ohio Cannabis Society, the local contact for this action will protest the Ohio Patient Network and North Ohio NORML. Read more

PATIENTS PUSH BACK AFTER DEA RAIDS IN SANTA ROSA

Posted by · June 01, 2002 4:00 AM

NATIONWIDE – Under the banner “Americans For Safe Access”, activists in 55 cities nationwide will attempt to disrupt business-as-usual on June 6th at local outposts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Patients and their supporters vowed to ratchet up the fight for state medical marijuana laws following raids on dispensaries operating in Santa Rosa, California on Wednesday that resulted in two arrests. Read more

Wichita Direct Action

Posted by · May 28, 2002 4:00 AM

News Release May 28, 2002 From: Hemp Industries of Kansas (316) 681 1743 http://www.HempForUS.com A Coalition of marijuana and drug policy reform organizations are joining forces to launch a national day of direct action again the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) on June 6, 2002. At dozens of the 100 DEA offices nationwide, citizens will serve “cease and desist” orders, demanding that the DEA end its war on medical marijuana. Read more

Bush Administration Medical Marijuana Policy Not Compassionate

Posted by · May 21, 2002 4:00 AM

BERKELEY, CA – A summary judgment last week stated that California medical marijuana dispensaries have no Federal constitutional right to distribute the drug to seriously ill people. The decision is the latest in an accelerating crack down by the Bush Administration on state-approved marijuana cooperatives in California and other states. US District Judge Charles Breyer granted the government’s motion for a summary judgment and defendants have until May 24, 2002 to respond. Judge Breyer will make a final ruling on June 7th, 2002 on the case. Read more

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Hangs Massive Banner Defending Medical Marijuana Against Bush Administration Attacks

Posted by · April 17, 2002 4:00 AM

San Francisco – Americans for Safe Access today announced its hanging of a 1200 square foot banner on an empty billboard in San Francisco at Ninth and Brannan Streets. The banner reads, “Ashcroft: No War on Patients! Californians Say YES to Medical Marijuana.” Dangling more than 100 feet above the street, the climbers remain with the banner, which can be seen by vehicles getting on and off the Bay Bridge. Read more