About Americans for Safe Access

The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research.

 ASA was founded in 2002, by medical cannabis patient Steph Sherer, as a vehicle for patients to advocate for the acceptance of cannabis as medicine. With over 100,000 active members in all 50 states, ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA works to overcome political, social and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, research, grassroots empowerment, advocacy and services for patients, governments, medical professionals, and medical cannabis providers.

Ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis means: 

  • International, federal and state laws and regulations recognized cannabis as a legal medicine.
  • Medical professionals recommend medical cannabis options as a frontline treatment option or an adjunct therapy.
  • Patients and their caregivers have the information they need to make educated choices about medical cannabis therapies.
  • Patients and medical professionals can incorporate a diverse group of products and delivery methods to create required personalized treatment regimen.
  • Patients can trust labels on products and that medicines are free of pesticides and contaminates.
  • Medical cannabis treatments are covered by insurance.

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 ASA and our members have moved public policy forward by incorporating strategies across many disciplines. ASA has brought together policy experts, public health experts, attorneys, lobbyists, scientists, industry associations and medical professionals to create the campaigns, projects and programs that have broken down political, social, academic, and legal barriers across the US.


ASA occupies a seat at the table for medical cannabis patients in policy matters.

ASA changed the national dialogue about medical cannabis.

ASA created a global patient network.

ASA has passed local, state, and federal laws.

ASA has fought and won in state and federal courts.

ASA has provided quality legal and medical education for medical cannabis stakeholders.

ASA brought cannabis back into the Herbal Pharmacopeia. 

ASA has created product safety standards for medical cannabis products.

ASA has built the worlds first International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute.

ASA has trained thousands of patient advocates on civil engagement.

ASA has created accredited education programs for doctors, patients, and providers.


Everyday ASA staff are on the frontline of the medical cannabis movement working with our members to shape policy and public opinion moving toward our goals. By participating in this movement, you are helping create the future of medical cannabis in your city, state, and nation. By donating to ASA, you can help ensure that we will reach our goals! 

Until there’s safe access, we are Americans for Safe Access.

Welcome to the movement. 



National Office

1624 U Street NW  
Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20009 
Phone: (202) 857-4272
Fax: (202) 618-6977


California Office

770 L Street
Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95814 
Phone: (916) 449-3975



In This Section

ASA Board

Biographies and information about ASA's board.


Biographies and information about ASA's staff.

ASA Sponsors

Meet the Sponsors of Americans for Safe Access. Through the generous support of our Sponsors we are able to continue to support patients and advocates from across the country.

Job Opportunities

Employment opportunities with Americans for Safe Access.

Links & Partner Organizations

Organizations, chapters and associates that we work with.

2015 Accomplishments

There was a lot to celebrate in 2015. Look at some of the highlights of this year.