ASA in the News

Jan 202017

Trump, Sessions + the future of the cannabis industry: Q&A with Steph Sherer - Americans for Safe Access

By John Schoyer for Marijuana Business Daily

Steph Sherer has a good read on the pulse of cannabis politics, having spent years in Washington DC lobbying on behalf of medical marijuana patients and fighting for national MJ reform as executive director of Americans for Safe Access.

With Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday just hours away, she’s not optimistic about what the near-term future holds for the marijuana industry.

Sherer told Marijuana Business Daily she expects Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, to conduct audits of various state laws and marijuana programs to see how well they measure up to the eight strictures outlined in the 2013 Cole Memo.

Such audits, she said, could be used as ammunition by Sessions and other anti-cannabis forces in DC to roll back much of the progress the marijuana movement has made in recent years.

Jan 202017

Progress on Pot Policy Could Be Undone by Trump - Americans for Safe Access

By Zack Ruskin for SFWeekly

“If the hair isn’t standing up on the back of your neck, then you’re not paying attention," says Steph Sherer, head of Americans for Safe Access.

Jan 182017

National Academy Of Sciences Pushes For Rescheduling Of Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Debra Borchardt for Forbes

The DEA has actually admitted that cannabis is not a gateway drug and does not cause long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, yet they keep distributing this false information anyway, despite the reality these claims are not based on scientific fact said Beth Collins, Senior Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for Americans for Safe Access. “It's illegal for the government to disseminate inaccurate information and the DEA must be held accountable.”

Jan 182017

Port Hueneme starts crafting marijuana dispensary laws - Americans for Safe Access

By Anne Kallas for the Ventura County Star

Sarah Armstrong, director of Industry Affairs for Americans for Safe Access, asked that the proposed ordinance drop the requirement for state-issued identification, saying certified doctors' recommendations along with identification should be enough. She cited the expense of the cards and the reluctance of patients to have their personal information in a state database.

Jan 182017

Indiana American Legion Calls on Congress to Reschedule Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

By Duke London for Marijuana.com

“For years, many of the Congressional offices that have been hesitant to vote in favor of medical marijuana reform have asked if groups such as the American Legion have weighed in, with the American Legion joining the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in supporting federal medical marijuana reform, it will be increasingly difficult for Congressional leadership to continue blocking efforts to expand research and move marijuana out of Schedule I.”- Mike Liszewski

Jan 172017

Smoke Sessions: AG Nominee Sidesteps Questions on Federal Marijuana Law Enforcement - Americans for Safe Access

By Scott Gacek for MedicalJane

“The vague answers given by Senator Jeff Sessions during today’s Attorney General confirmation hearing provided little comfort for the 2 million American patients who rely on state-run medical cannabis programs to provide them with physician-recommended medicine,” said Mike Liszewski, Director of Government Affairs for Americans for Safe Access. “Each of the 44 states that have medical cannabis programs, including 15 states with patient access to CBD (such as Sessions home state of Alabama), technically violate federal law.”

Jan 112017

Marijuana Industry Fears If Sessions Is Confirmed, Dispensaries Could Get Shut Down - Americans for Safe Access

By Debra Borchardt for Forbes

"Many medical cannabis patients and their families supported [Trump's] candidacy because they believed he would be better on this issue than his opponent. However, the nomination of Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General of the United States is a tremendous cause for concern to medical cannabis patients and their families." - Steph Sherer

Jan 092017

Over 85,000 People Sign Petition Calling on DEA to Stop Lying About Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

By Anthony Martinelli for The Weed Blog

In less than a month, a Change.org petition calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to stop lying about medical cannabis has received over 85,000 signatures. The petition was started by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a nonprofit organization working to increase access to medical cannabis across the United States.

Jan 072017

70,000 People Demand That The DEA Stop Lying About Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Johnny Green for Weed News

In a new petition from Americans for Safe Access and Change.org, over 70,000 people and counting, are calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that any future information about medical cannabis treatment reflects medically-accurate and up-to-date facts.

The petition, which calls on President Obama to take immediate action, comes as the US Senate begins confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) appointment to Attorney General. Senator Sessions has actively opposed the use of medical and recreational cannabis saying, “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and argued that cannabis is a gateway drug that leads to cocaine and heroin use, something that has been resoundingly disproved by scientific evidence.

View the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-make-the-dea-tell-the-truth-about-marijuana

Jan 062017

Petitions to DEA – Tell The Truth About Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Geoff Sims for National Pain Report

As the medical marijuana rolls out in Florida (the 29th state to allow it), there is growing concern that the incoming Trump Administration—specifically Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions—may try to roll its access back.

That’s why Americans for Safe Access says it has petitions with 70,000 signatures calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that any future information about medical cannabis treatment reflects medically-accurate and up-to-date facts.

The petition, which calls on President Obama to take immediate action, comes as the US Senate begins confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) appointment to Attorney General. Senator Sessions has actively opposed the use of medical and recreational cannabis saying, “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and argued that cannabis is a gateway drug that leads to cocaine and heroin use, something that has been resoundingly disproved by scientific evidence.

Here’s a link to the petition on Change.Org (click here)