May 19, 1998 |
Spurred by a federal court ruling ordering six Northern California cannabis clubs to close, medical marijuana advocates joined state and local officials Monday in calling for a search for alternative ways to get pot to sick people. State Sen. John Vasconcellos announced that he will sponsor a May 26 summit in Sacramento to study other ways to distribute the drug.
February 4, 1998
State Sen. John Vasconcellos, who has spent the last several months pondering a bid for governor, reluctantly pulled out of the race Tuesday. The man who made his national name by encouraging self-esteem said that in the end he did not have it in him to beg for the money he needed to run a campaign. "I didn't have the stomach to get on the phone and beg," the Silicon Valley Democrat said. "My life is too precious."
September 14, 1997 |
Filling a personality gap and philosophical void, one of Sacramento's most colorful and sometimes controversial figures--state Sen. John Vasconcellos--will launch an exploratory bid this week for California governor. The Santa Clara Democrat said he will spend roughly the next six weeks gauging the potential for what even he concedes would be a longshot bid. "I've been in the belly of the beast for 30 years," said Vasconcellos, 65, who was first elected to the Legislature in 1966.
August 27, 1997 |
Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, the most vocal critic of California's new medical marijuana law, announced his support Tuesday for a $3-million research program intended to settle the decades-long dispute over the drug's benefits and failings for the ill. The decision by the state's conservative top lawman to back a bill by liberal state Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) unifies two political opposites who have clashed repeatedly over medical marijuana.
February 5, 1997 |
Even after voters legalized marijuana as medicine in California last fall, patients in need could hardly expect to find it at the local pharmacy. Instead, they have done as they did before: They have grown their own, tapped the back-alley black market or found one of the smattering of buyers clubs that sell to the medically needy. But if a Bay Area legislator gets his way, the state will step in to guarantee a ready supply of marijuana for patients. A special task force is being proposed by Sen.
February 12, 1996 |
It once was the stuff of snickers, the butt of those "only-in-California" jokes, like hot tubs and vanity plates and goat cheese pizza. But they're not laughing any more. The gospel of self-esteem has gone mainstream, and that makes John Vasconcellos feel good. Nine years ago Assemblyman Vasconcellos hatched a state task force to improve Californians' self-esteem. His theory: People with a strong self-image are more likely to live productive, moral, law-abiding lives.