Press Releases

Statement of Steph Sherer Executive Director, Americans For Safe Access

Posted by · 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. Read more


Posted by · 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. Read more

Stop the Casualties of the Marijuana War!

Posted by · 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. Read more

California Governor Gray Davis Speaks Out Against Federal Busts of Medical Marijuana Clinics Throughout State

Posted by · 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. Read more

Bay Area Activists to Protest at Federal Buildings

Posted by · 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. Read more

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


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


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