ASA in the News

Jun 122015

Senate Committee Approves Protections For State Medical Marijuana Programs - Americans for Safe Access

By Matt Ferner Huffington Post

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a provision Thursday that would protect medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown in states where the substance is legal.

Jun 112015

Senate Panel Votes To Prevent DEA Interference In State Medical Marijuana Laws - Americans for Safe Access

By Steve Elliot Hemp News 

In yet another huge victory for marijuana reform, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. The vote was 20 - 10. 

Jun 102015

Smoking out the Legislature - Americans for Safe Access

News Review

By Ngaio Bealum

Your post about Assembly Bill 266 was a little confusing. Can we get an update?

—Brad

You got it! 

Jun 052015

LAW WOULD CREATE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF MARIJUANA REGULATION (REALLY) - Americans for Safe Access

By Dennis Romero LA Weekly

California, God bless her, is often a global tastemaker. And in the field of medical marijuana, the Golden State was the first state in America to legalize it.

But that's about all we did.

Jun 052015

Historic California medical cannabis regulations advance - Americans for Safe Access

By David Downs San Francisco Gate 

California lawmakers have reached a historic compromise on regulating the world’s largest medical pot economy — paving the way for recreational legalization in 2016.

Jun 042015

'Marijuana vote-a-rama' has pot advocates optimistic - Americans for Safe Access

Marijuana advocates have their sights set on legalization after lawmakers approved a number of pot-friendly measures Wednesday in a government spending bill.

The marijuana vote-a-rama was capped off by a provision that would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

Jun 042015

Congress Passes 3 Amendments To Stop DEA From Undermining State Pot Laws - Americans for Safe Access

By Steve Elliott Hemp News 

Legislators on Wednesday passed three amendments to prohibit the DEA and U.S. Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives' consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. A fourth amendment failed. The House also passed an amendment Tuesday night ending the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection program. It also passed three amendments cutting $23 million from the DEA’s budget, and shifted it to fighting child abuse, processing rape test kits, reducing the deficit, and paying for body cameras on police officers to reduce law enforcement abuses. 

Jun 032015

Seattle’s Proposed License for Dispensaries Sparks Debate - Americans for Safe Access

By Cassandra Dowell Marijuana Investor News

News of proposed legislation to bring Seattle’s unregulated medical marijuana industry into the fold of the recreational marijuana market has divided some of the city’s marijuana advocates, with some saying the legislation will only hurt patients.

The office of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement May 26, 2015, describing proposed legislation to grant a new regulatory license to existing Initiative 502 businesses. Medical marijuana dispensaries will also be required to get the city’s Title 6 marijuana regulatory license, but merging Seattle’s marijuana markets may mean half of the city’s dispensaries are shut down. The proposed legislation comes on the heels of the state’s passage of SB 5052, which essentially rolled the state’s medical marijuana program into adult use cannabis.

Jun 032015

Trickle of marijuana patients reveals stigma, supporters say - Americans for Safe Access

By Carla K. Johnson The Associated Press

CHICAGO – Supporters of Illinois' medical marijuana program are trying to inspire interest among patients by hosting an educational event, even as the latest official count shows a tapering-off in the number of people who want to use the plant legally.

Illinois sent about 200 approval letters in May to patients who qualify to use medical cannabis, state officials announced Wednesday. That brings the total to 2,500 and reflects a slowing pace for both submitted applications and government approvals.

Jun 022015

Dozens rally against medical marijuana raids - Americans for Safe Access

by Meghan Morelli Up North Live

OTSEGO CO. -- Medical marijuana supporters protested in Gaylord Monday, following a raid on more than a dozen dispensaries and homes last week in Otsego County and the surrounding area.

Protest organizers say they’re upset about the way police handled last week’s raids.

Investigators from the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (SANE), Michigan State Police, and local law enforcement executed 16 search warrants Wednesday evening on the dispensaries believed to have been operating outside the laws set for medical marijuana distribution.  

Lt. Ken Mills says the businesses are believed to have been providing medical marijuana to people that were not their registered patients. 

No arrests have been made at this time.

“Places are shuttered and people are without safe access to their medicine and that is our concern,” said Jamie Lowell, Chair of the Michigan Americans for Safe Access.  “So we believe there is a much better way of doing this and we’d like to help be a part of that education.”