Bryan Epis is FREE!
August 9th, 2004
Bryan James Epis, 37, the first medical marijuana patient convicted in federal court after the passage of California’s Proposition 215, walked out of federal prison in Long Beach at approximately 4:00pm today, thanks to an order this morning by an appeals court in San Francisco.
How Drug War Targets Most Vulnerable, Topic of Boston Meetings
July 23rd, 2004
How America’s Drug War has become an attack on our country’s most disadvantaged is the topic of two talks to be delivered by the Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access. Steph Sherer, a medical marijuana patient, noted activist, and expert on drug policy was invited to address two plenary sessions of the Boston Social Forum, a gathering of several hundred national progressives at the University of Massachusetts.
Medical Marijuana Protest at Oakland California Highway Patrol Office Tuesday
July 12th, 2004
Tuesday at Noon, medical marijuana patients and local activists will be demonstrating in front of the California Highway Patrol headquarters in Oakland. They will be protesting a June 30th incident on Market Street that ended with four suspects being turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency after CHP officers uncovered a marijuana-growing operation there.
Harris Thwarting Democracy Again, Say Medical Marijuana Protesters
July 12th, 2004
At 2:00 pm today, medical marijuana protesters are gathering at a Sarasota Congressional office demanding an end to the federal government's refusal to respect state laws and the will of the people. They are denouncing Rep. Katherine Harris’ vote to continue federal arrests of medical marijuana patients.
Medical Marijuana Protest at Congressman's Office 10am Today
July 9th, 2004
Medical marijuana patients, their families and national advocates will be at the office of Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. today at 10:00 am, protesting his vote to continue imprisoning sick and suffering Americans even in states that have laws protecting them.
Medical Marijuana Demonstration Today at Orlando Congressman's Office
July 7th, 2004
At noon today medical marijuana protesters are gathering at a local Congressional office demanding an end to the federal government's refusal to respect state laws. Congress will be voting today or tomorrow on a bill to stop the federal arrest of patients in states that allow the medical use of marijuana.
Supreme Court Takes Key Medical Marijuana Case
June 28th, 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will take up a landmark California case that recently established a medical exception to the federal prohibition on marijuana. In December 2003, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled in the case of two California women and their caregivers that federal prosecutions of many medical marijuana patients and their caregivers are unconstitutional. That precedent has already affected many other medical marijuana cases.
Medical Marijuana Patient’s Federal Appeal Today
June 16th, 2004
A Chico man will be before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this morning, arguing that his 2002 conviction for conspiring to grow medical marijuana was not only unconstitutional but based on misconduct by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento.
Prison No Place for Pot Patients
June 11th, 2004
Since medical marijuana patient and caregiver Bryan Epis was sentenced in October 2002 to a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison, his case has become the prime example of how far – and how wrong – the federal government can go in prosecuting its war on drugs.
Los Angeles Police Sued Over Medical Marijuana Raids
June 8th, 2004
A South Central grandmother who served in Vietnam is in court Wednesday, suing the Los Angeles Police Department for harassment after they destroyed her supply of medical marijuana four years in a row.
Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Training Public Defenders
May 11th, 2004
Successfully defending medical marijuana patients in court will be the focus of a series of legal trainings in Santa Rosa today. Public defenders and court-appointed attorneys will be on hand at the Sonoma County administration building at noon for the second of 24 sessions presented around the state by the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.
Supreme Court Asked to Overturn Ban on Medical Marijuana Prosecutions
April 21st, 2004
Tuesday the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Raich vs. Ashcroft, which found that the federal ban does not apply to those who use cannabis for medical purposes on their doctors' advice, obtain the medicine without buying it, and get it within their state's borders.
Prison, House Arrest for Couple Who Grew Medical Marijuana
April 13th, 2004
Despite pleas for leniency from the patients they served and the city officials with whom they worked, U.S. District U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz today sentenced a director of a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary to 6 months of house arrest and one-year of probation, while sentencing her husband to federal prison for a year and a day.
Federal Sentencing Tuesday on Medical Marijuana Charges
April 12th, 2004
A Ventura County couple indicted for growing marijuana for a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary that was a model of openness and cooperation with local officials and law enforcement will be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.