ASA in the News

Nov 202017

Cleaning up cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Groups seek standards to ensure safety and quality

By Britt E. Erickson for Chemical & Engineering News

“We train both the industry and the inspectors that go into the facilities,” -Jahan Marcu, Ph.D.

Nov 082017

Most Cannabidiol Oils Sold Online Mislabeled - Americans for Safe Access

By Pat Anson for Pain News Network

“This is a wake up call for the CBD industry to standardize their products,” - Jahan Marcu, PhD

Nov 072017

The Real Risk of Buying Medical Marijuana Online - Americans for Safe Access

By Amanda MacMillan for Time

“The first step is ordering products from reputable sources or getting advice from other people you trust,” he says, “or getting products tested yourself in an independent lab.” (The group Patient Focused Certification can provide names of nearby facilities that will test CBD extracts, he says.) “Unfortunately, the onus is on the consumer to do the homework.” - Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD

Nov 062017

'A very real danger': U.S. attorney general's views on marijuana create uncertainty over medical cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

By Waqas Chughtai for CBC News

"The prohibition ... is the only thing that limits the [DOJ] from engaging in federal prosecution of patients ... that stops [it] from conducting large-scale raids or bringing federal penalties for a lot of these patients."- David Mangone

Nov 032017

Activists push for medical marijuana on Capitol Hill - Americans for Safe Access

By Alana Austin for WLIX

 "I have children that one day may have cancer and I don't want them popping pills all the time. This is 100 percent better alternative," - Amy Catterton

Oct 312017

Activists see marijuana as solution to opioid crisis - Americans for Safe Access

By Willis Scott for KSNT News

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Bleeding Kansas Advocates along with Americans for Safe Access are hosting vigils to honor people who die from opioid overdose. Around 90 people die from an opioid overdose each day.

Oct 172017

Dr. Jahan Marcu: Science-Based Cannabis Education Is Essential - Americans for Safe Access

By Jesse Carpender for Cashinbis

Commercialization of cannabis has increased the need for quality control and science-based education within the industry. The Patient Focused Certification Program, a project of Americans for Safe Access, aims to address both of these needs.

Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., has helped set worldwide standards for the cannabis industry as director for the Patient Focused Certification Program. Dr. Marcu is also Chief Scientific Officer for Americans for Safe Access. He serves on the board of directors of the International Association for Cannabinoids as Medicine (IACM). He received his Ph.D. for significant contributions to the study of the structure and function of the CB1 receptor, and the role of the endocannabinoid system in bone.

For Marcu, science-based education is essential to cannabis businesses.

“Consistency and quality of information is a liability for operations if staff are providing information to patients that is not based in scientific literature,” he said.

Sep 272017

Republican Senator Wants to Make Marijuana Easier to Study - Americans for Safe Access

By Gillian Mohney for Healthline

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah has introduced a bill to relax medical marijuana research regulations.

“On the one hand, it’s a political victory. I think having a bill that even touches on the subject from Orrin Hatch is considered a win, but on the other hand, we’re of the mind the research is there, the research is done.[Medical marijuana] programs have been around for 20 years. A research bill was more appropriate in the late 1990s and early 2000s.” - David Mangone, JD

Sep 142017

Michigan’s war on pot - Americans for Safe Access

By Larry Gabriel for the Detroit Metro Times

Another reason I think that much of our government leadership doesn't believe marijuana is medicine is that in all of the legislating that has been done, there has been nothing calling for medical qualifications or standards — or anything else regarding the medical side of this. (Americans for Safe Access has a Cannabis Care Certification program you can learn about at CannabisCareCertification.org).

Aug 152017

Americans For Safe Access Fights the Good, Long Fight - Americans for Safe Access

By Joanne Cachapero for MG Magazine

Marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access warns the struggle is real.

Americans for Safe Access Executive Director Steph Sherer has the chops of someone who’s been an advocate for a long time—fifteen years so far, and no stopping is in sight for her or the organization. Based in Washington, D.C., ASA lobbies and advocates on behalf of medical marijuana patients, cultivators, manufacturers, and retailers.

There’s never a dull moment in the American capital, according to Sherer, especially under the current administration. “I think the cannabis industry has two amazing things going for it right now that have nothing to do with [the White House],” she said, laughing.