Stories by Ann Harrison

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Posted on: Nov 3, 2005, Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian

California law permits the cultivation of cannabis for medical marijuana patients, but farmers who grow the quasi-legal crop are still hounded by law enforcement.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Medical marijuana patients say they are bloodied but unbowed by yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that the federal government can continue to override state laws permitting medical cannabis use.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

San Francisco's plan to regulate the explosion of medical marijuana dispensaries could become a model for other cities throughout the nation.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2004, Source: AlterNet

California, Nevada, Alaska, Massachusetts, Florida: Marijuana initiatives are burning up the ballots – not just for medical use, but for regulated adult use too.

Posted on: May 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The true costs of prohibition should be measured not just by the billions of dollars spent for enforcement of drug laws, but the overall impact on drug consumption, crime, public health and unseen moral consequences.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

With courts rejecting the government's latest attempt to roll back protections, medical marijuana proponents have the feds on the ropes.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Two medical marijuana patients face life in prison after local prosecutors lured away their defense attorneys to permit federal agents to arrest the couple in court.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Prompted by a lawsuit filed by medical marijuana patients and growers, a Ninth Circuit ruling affirms the medical pot reform laws of seven states.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2003, Source: AlterNet

After receiving a symbolic one-day sentence, Ed Rosenthal vows to overturn marijuana laws.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Santa Cruz became the first public entity to file a lawsuit against federal drug warriors after agents seized 167 plants grown by the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Ed Rosenthal's defense team contends that his right to an impartial jury was violated.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative director Jeff Jones protests his imprisonment by beginning a hunger strike March 3.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Lawyers for convicted medical marijuana grower Ed Rosenthal say he is entitled to a new trial because two jurors in the case received outside legal advice.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2003, Source: AlterNet

At a courthouse press conference, jurors and city officials offered a condemnation of federal drug war tactics and apologies to Rosenthal.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Six of the jurors who convicted Ed Rosenthal on federal marijuana cultivation and conspiracy charges said they made "a terrible mistake."

Posted on: Jan 26, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The legal tactics being used in the Ed Rosenthal trial offer a blueprint of the government's anti-medical marijuana strategy.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

A bitter legal struggle in California pits a respected medical marijuana activist against the federal government.

Posted on: May 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

"I pay taxes, I earn a living, I recycle, I am a good neighbor, and at the end of the day and at the end of work, I like to smoke a joint." A new campaign says it's high time that responsible pot smokers went public.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2002, Source: AlterNet

As the DEA cracks down on the medical marijuana community, the clubs launch a counter-campaign to build public support.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2002, Source: AlterNet

In a major victory for the medical cannabis movement, a federal judge has overturned a ban on medical marijuana ballot initiatives in Washington, D.C.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The DEA touched off a firestorm of protest this week when agents busted up a San Francisco medical marijuana club. Cannabis advocates call the busts a "direct assault" on California voters, who overwhelmingly support medical pot laws.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The information blackout surrounding the 1,147 people detained for questioning after the Sept. 11 attacks has civil liberties groups on the hunt.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The new anti-terrorism bill signed on Oct. 26 may open the door for a wide array of civil rights and liberties violations.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative, what's the next legal strategy for medical marijuana reform?