The Federal Government Recognizes Battle Over Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer, Huffington Post (Op-ed)

Wednesday marked a milestone in the 18-year battle between state and federal law concerning medical marijuana. But to me, and thousands of other Americans, it marks a day that our country has finally acknowledged that our battle exists. I founded Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in 2002, with the explicit goal of stopping federal raids and prosecutions of medical marijuana (cannabis) patients and their providers. I was compelled to found ASA when I discovered that the Federal Government was trying to imprison people like me and those providing people like me with much-needed medicine despite California law. At the time, there were only a dozen or so medical cannabis distribution centers in the country and only about 40,000 legally qualified patients nationwide.