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As preparations begin for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drug policy (UNGASS 2016) we at Americans For Safe Access and the International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition are calling on medical cannabis patients around the world to contact their UN Ambassador and encourage them to reconsider international drug policy and the outdated 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The UN must take action to address the clear disparity between their policy and the medical, scientific and legal realities. We've developed an example letter for folks to work from and made it simple to contact our UN Ambassodor via email. So please lend your name to support access for medical cannabis patients not only in the US but across the world.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) issued “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” this month. The annual report evaluates the array of differing state medical cannabis programs across the country from a perspective often overlooked in policy debates: the patients’ and provides policy makers with model legislation and regulations. With dozens of states already seeing legislative and regulatory proposals in 2016, this groundbreaking report will provide state lawmakers with timely tools they need to improve their medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.
The report uses a point system to grade each medical marijuana law on: 1) patients' rights and protection from discrimination, 2) access to medicine, 3) ease of navigation, 4) functionality, and 5) product safety protocols. The report found that while many states have important elements helpful to patients, no state has yet established an ideal, comprehensive program.
Tell your state legislators how their MMJ program compares to other states
The California legislature adopted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) last year. The bill will license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in the state, but it also contains a provision that affects patients and caregivers who cultivate their own medical cannabis.
The MMRSA requires a state and local license for individual patients who cultivate more than 100 square feet of medical cannabis or for primary caregivers who cultivate medical cannabis in more than 500 square feet (for up to five patients). The licensing requirements apply, even if all of the cannabis is for the patient’s personal medical cannabis use and not for sale.
AB 261 by Assembly Member Allen (R-Huntington Beach) would have prevented retailers from selling “drug paraphernalia,” including all of the tools that legal medical cannabis patients need to administer their medicine. Pipes, bongs, vaporizers, and more might have been illegal to sell if AB 261 passed. Fortunately, the bill has been withdrawn for the time being. ASA will continue to monitor new bills to see if a similar measure is introduced in the future.
Thanks to everyone who signed the petition!
Read more about AB 261 at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2016_legislation
AB 26 by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer (D-LA) will require that medical cannabis businesses seeking a license to operate under the Medical marijuana Regulation and Safety Act provide compliance training for employees. ASA strongly supports robust training for the professionals serving legal medical cannabis patients in California. Sign this petition to support quality and service in the medical cannabis industry.
Read more about AB 26 at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2016_legislation
ASA is calling on members and friends in all fifty-eight counties and 482 cities in California to get active in the fight for local regulations and against bans on medical cannabis.
You can use our new Local Access Project, an Internet portal designed to support advocates working to adopt local medical cannabis ordinances and stop bans on dispensaries and cultivation. This is an important part of ensuring that there are enough licensed cultivators, dispensers, and other businesses to serve legal patients in California.
The Local Access Project combines ASA resources and trainings you need to make a real difference in your hometown. The new web pages contain:
- Detailed information about new state laws
- An important memo from ASA to City Councils and Boards of Supervisors
- A model ordinance to license local cultivation and protect patient cultivation
- Tips on making a campaign plan and fundraising
- Research, reports, advocate training, and more
Attention Iowa: Email Senator Grassley Urging him to Call for a Hearing on the CARERS Act - Americans for Safe Access
The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in Congress. Introduced in the Senate by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the bipartisan legislation would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical marijuana laws. Unfortunately, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, is blocking the bill from moving forward by not giving the bill the hearing that it deserves.
An Iowa mother and activist, Erin Miller, recently wrote an op-ed calling for Sen. Grassley to hold a hearing or vote in the Judiciary committee on the CARERS Act. Her son, Abram, suffers from numerous disorders and disabilities, but after introducing CBD as a part of Abram’s medicine regime her family has seen huge improvements in his condition. Miller says her son is finally able to have fun like a typical little boy, and hasn’t suffered from a physical seizure since June.
On October 2, 2015, three of the defendants in the Kettle Falls Five case were sentenced to needless federal prison terms and fines. Although they were each acquitted of distribution and other charges, the group received sentences for cultivating for themselves collectively as patients under the recommendation of their physicians through Washington State’s medical cannabis program. Despite the local prosecutor declining to pursue charges in state court and a Congressionally imposed spending restriction on medical cannabis prosecutions, the U.S. Department of Justice still opted to waste its limited resources on this case. The sentences alone will cost hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
Contact Your Senator: Adding PTSD to the Illinois Medical Cannabis program - Americans for Safe Access
UPDATE: As of February, 01, 2016 the Illinois Department of Health has declined to add any new qualifying conditions to the medical cannabis program. This contradicts the recommendation of the Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board which voted to add 8 new conditions including PTSD. Please call your representative to urge them to support Illinois patents suffering from PTSD.
In May of last year, the Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 33, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder" to the definition of "debilitating medical condition" in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. While this bill would have helped many patients, especially our Veterans, in Illinois living each day with PTSD, Governor Rauner vetoed the bill. However, with the work of patient advocates urging their senators to support allowing those with PTSD to access medical cannabis, we may still help Illinois patients living with PTSD.
Below are links for sample scripts for those who supported SB 33 in May and those who did not. You can find your Senator's telephone number here. Be sure to scroll down to find your State Senator.
The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. Introduced in the Senate by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and in the House by Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (R-AK), the bipartisan legislation would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical marijuana laws.
The bill would allow state programs to continue without federal interference, move marijuana out of Schedule I, remove CBD from the scheduling, create access to banking services for legal marijuana businesses, eliminate the Public Health service review process and NIDA monopoly that block research, and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to write recommendations in states that have a medical marijuana program.
For the first time ever, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. Senate and House. Please call your two Senators and your member of Congress today to ask for their support.
Below are links for sample scripts. You can find the contact for representatives here.