ASA in the News

Apr 282017

Themes Emerging from the 2017 Americans for Safe Access Unity Conference - Americans for Safe Access

By Chloe Detrick for Ganjapreneur

“I feel that ASA is only going to continue growing as more and more states begin introducing legalization efforts. We are going to continue to get involved with state governments and assist them in ensuring that people are doing things the right way.” - Beth Collins

Apr 242017

Orrick Stokes DEA Over Alleged Marijuana Misstatements - Americans for Safe Access

By Marcia Coyle for The National Law Journal

A team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, representing the medical marijuana advocate Americans for Safe Access, isn’t holding its breath for federal drug enforcement officials to erase their alleged misstatements about the health risks of cannabis.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has not responded to a petition from Americans for Safe Access that sought to correct allegedly false and misleading information from the DEA’s website. Orrick filed the petition in late last year.

The next step? A possible lawsuit, said Orrick’s Vickie Feeman, a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office who is leading the pro bono effort for the pro-marijuana advocate.

Apr 242017

Medicinal Cannabis Treatments Coming, Experts Say - Americans for Safe Access

Larger-scale research, better regulation needed

By Ryan Basen for Medpage Today

WASHINGTON -- Medicinal cannabis industry officials and scholars here touted potential breakthroughs to treat health problems and questioned why cannabidiol (CBD) is not mandatory for athletes to address traumatic brain injury (TBI). Others, meanwhile, cautioned the field needs much more research and regulation.

"The whole concept of cannabis as medicine is very new," Stuart Titus, PhD, told MedPage Today during an interview at the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) annual meeting on medical cannabis last week. "Everything is at such a ground-floor state."

 

Apr 242017

Ohio rules for medical pot growers bring access questions - Americans for Safe Access

By the Associated Press for Fox 8 Cleveland

“The most genuine answer that anyone can give about Ohio’s program is that this has never been done before, so we don’t know if it will work, or serve patients. So patients will just have to wait and see.” - Dr. Jahan Marcu

Apr 132017

Marijuana industry braces for clash with Trump administration - Americans for Safe Access

By Mary Paige Nesfeder for Fox News

“I think that we have a lot of new champions this year that I think are really going to push this issue and end the federal conflict once and for all,” - Steph Sherer

Apr 072017

Medical marijuana advocates to host lobbying day - Americans for Safe Access

By Tim Devaney for The Hill

Medical marijuana advocates will descend on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

The advocates are in town for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, which culminates in a lobbying day next week.

Apr 032017

IS CANNABIS A POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT? - Americans for Safe Access

Without Proper Testing and Training It Could Be

By David Hodes for Dope Magazine

“Some of the information on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website is 30 or 40 years old,. I don’t know about your health policy, but I prefer mine to be based on policy that is younger than me.” - Jahan Marcu

Mar 292017

Why New Jersey’s medical marijuana gets a ‘C’ grade - Americans for Safe Access

By David Matthau for New Jersey 101.5

"What we’re finding is that in states that have medical cannabis programs that allow recommendations for chronic pain, we’re actually seeing a drop in opioid deaths by as much as 25 percent." - Steph Sherer

Mar 242017

City Council Approves Creation Of Cannabis Licensing Commission - Americans for Safe Access

By Julia Wick for LAist

"We're really pleased that they've created the commission. I think it will work better for the city to have this distinct commission, rather than tasking already overburdened agencies with a huge new program." -  Sarah Armstrong

Mar 172017

Sessions rips medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Daniel M. Jiminez for the Record-Bee

“Statements like these from the Attorney General are factually inaccurate. Sessions needs to stop spreading unfounded, unscientific theories about medical marijuana and take the time to actually meet the millions of Americans that are benefiting from its use before making comments about it being over-hyped.” - Steph Sherer