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Mar 102015

Thank the Cosponsors of the Senate CARERS Act - Americans for Safe Access

The introduction of the CARERS Act by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Paul (R-KY), and Gillibrand (D-NY) is a historic moment in the medical marijuana movement. For the first time ever, we now have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in the U.S. Senate. The bill would allow state programs to continue without federal inference, reschedule marijuana out of Schedule I, remove CBD from the scheduling, create access to banking services for legal marijuana business, end the Public Health service review process and NIDA monopoly that blocks research, and allows VA doctors to write recommendations in states that have a medical marijuana program. 

Given the unprecedented nature of the bill, please take a movement to call Senators Gillibrand (D-NY), Paul (R-KY), and Booker (D-NJ) and thank them for bringing the issue of medical marijuana before the U.S. Senate.

Showing a Senate leader appreciation will help build a valuable relationship between these offices and the patient advocate community. This is the best way you can show your support.  

Simply call the Congressional Switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask for the office of any of the bill sponsors!
Feb 212015

Don't Roll Back Legal Access in Richmond, CA - Americans for Safe Access

The Richmond City Council has postponed a vote, originally scheduled for March 3, to bring the number of available dispensary permits in the city from six down to three. If you live or work in Richmond, the City Council needs to hear from you. Use the talking points below to write a personalized email or make a short phone call to the the members of the City Council. Tell them not to lower the number of dispensaries in Richmond.

Click here for contact information.

Remember that you are most effective when you are brief and courteous!

Feb 162015

Washington: Urge lawmakers to protect medical cannabis patients by passing House Bill 2058

The House of Representatives has introduced a patient-friendly alternative to Senate Bill 5052, which substantially restricts safe, affordable access to medical cannabis.

House Bill 2058 is a far better proposal than other legislation we have seen this session, and the language in this bill is what we want to see sent to the Governor’s desk. In addition to strengthening protections against patient discrimination, HB 2058 would establish a dedicated framework for licensing of medical cannabis producers, processors and dispensers who currently provide safe products and quality care to seriously ill patients. 

The bipartisan proposal reintroduces the regulatory system originally passed by the 2011 Legislature. Unfortunately, under threat of federal intervention, then-Governor Christine Gregoire vetoed 36 sections of the bill. HB 2058 would simply restore the vetoed provisions first passed in 2011.

Take action to preserve safe, affordable access by contacting legislators TODAY!

Feb 022015

Tell you Virginia state legislators to support safe access to medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

There are currently three bills concerning medical marijuana before the Virginia legislature. While each of these proposals would be an improvement to the current situation, these bills each fall short from providing Virginian's with safe and legal access to medical marijuana therapy. 

We encourage every patient advocate in Virginia to send a message to their elected officials in Richmond expressing general support three bills introduced this session, HB 1445, HB 1605, and SB 1235, but that each of the bills falls short by not creating a safe and legal system in which patients can obtain their medicine. Please feel free to customize the language, and to add a brief personal story you've experienced on how medical cannabis has improved your life or the lives of those around you. Patients with conditions other than cancer, glaucoma, or epilepsy are particularly encouraged to share their stories.

Click here to email your Virginia state legislators!

It is important for medical marijuana advocates to let the General Assembly know about the shortcomings in the current proposals. Even if patient advocates are not successful in improving the legislation this session, we will be in a better position to improve the law next session. 
Dec 162014

Thank Congress for passing CJS to protect patients!

Congress took an unprecedented step on December 12th, 2014 to help protect medical cannabis patients in states with medical programs already in place. Passing both houses of Congress, an omnibus spending bill had an amendment introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-R) that would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering in the implementation of state medical cannabis laws.

Patient advocates argue, with concurrence from law enforcement, that this historic measure will dramatically impact DOJ enforcement, including ending federal medical marijuana raids, arrests, criminal prosecutions, and civil asset forfeiture lawsuits, as well as providing prisoners with a way to petition for their release.

Click here to thank your Members of Congress for passing this historic measure to protect patients!

Oct 012014

Petition to add conditions to Connecticut's MMJ program

On behalf of the Connecticut Chapter of Americans for Safe Access, I’d like to formally announce our chapter’s newest initiative, amending the list of “Debilitating Illnesses” that qualify under the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program to include:

  1. Arthritis/ Osteoarthritis
  2. Insomnia
  3. Depression/Anxiety
  4. Chronic Pain

Click here to sign the petition!

Oct 012014

Help Make Sure the Next U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Supports Medical Cannabis!

U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan resigned recently and our U.S. Senators are now considering who to recommend as her replacement. It is very important that Senators Murray and Cantwell recommend a replacement who has at least as much respect for the state medical cannabis program as former U.S. Attorney Durkan. Please take a moment to fill out the following letter to both Senators Murray and Cantwell to make sure they recommend a U.S. Attorney who will help preserve the rights of medical cannabis patients in Washington State.

Click here to email Senators Murray and Cantwell!

Aug 152014

Peace for Patients: End the War on Medical Cannabis Patients

sign_letter.jpgPeace for Patients is a campaign to end the war on medical cannabis patients. To date, 20 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing patients to access medical cannabis under the recommendation of their doctor. Over one million people in the US are legally using medical cannabis and 85% of Americans support the US of medical cannabis. Yet the federal government continues to use precious resources to wage a war on these medical cannabis programs and in the its path disrupts the lives of patients, displaces workers, tramples on state and local governments and takes individuals away from their families.

Join the Peace for Patients Campaign by calling on Congress to stop the war on patients and resolve the conflict between federal and state laws once and for all. Sign the Petition TODAY!

Aug 082014

Support SB 1262 in the California Assembly - Americans for Safe Access

UPDATE 08/14/2014 - SB 1262 was held in committee today and will not pass this year. Please help by participating in another action alert!

The California Assembly will soon vote on SB 1262, a bill to regulate doctors who write medical cannabis recommendations and people and businesses that commercially cultivate, process, test, and sell it. Research conducted by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and our experience of almost twelve years of regulation at the city and county level show that regulations preserve safe, legal, and dignified access to medicine for patients; while reducing crime and complaints in neighborhoods. That is a win-win situation for most Californians.

Send an email to your California Assembly Member today asking him or her to vote yes on SB 1262.

Jun 042014

Urge your Senator to pass CJS Medical Marijuana Amendment

Every year, The Senate approves a series of appropriations bills that formally sets the budget for various governmental departments and agencies. The Commerce, Justice, Science, and other Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill determines the budget of the DOJ and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the coming fiscal year.

The US House of Representatives voted late Thursday (May 30, 2014) night to cut off funding for federal medical cannabis raids, arrests, and prosecutions in states where it is legal. This is arguably the biggest victory yet in the contemporary fight for medical cannabis rights. By a vote of 219 to 189, the Republican-dominated House approved the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice (CJS) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015. Forty-nine Republicans and 179 Democrats voted in favor of the amendment.

As historic as this vote was, the same CJS amendment must still be introduced in the Senate and pass there as well. We're doing our part by lobbying on Capitol Hill, but we desperately need your help contact your Senators and asking for their support to this amendment.

CALL AND EMAIL your Senators today and urge them to support the 2015 CJS Medical Marijuana Amendment