ASA in the News

Dec 152016

Does the DEA’s website have 25 debunked statements about medical pot still listed? - Americans for Safe Access

By Brooke Edwards Staggs for The Cannabist

An organization that advocates for medical marijuana patients hopes to force the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove from its website 25 statements about the health risks of cannabis that it argues have been debunked – even by the DEA itself.

Americans for Safe Access filed a petition under the Information Quality Act arguing that the DEA is shaping public policy by promoting false statements about the gateway theory along with the link between marijuana and lung cancer, psychosis and mental decline in adults.

“We have taken this action to stop the DEA’s relentless campaign of misinformation about the health risks of medical cannabis in its tracks,” said Vickie Feeman, an attorney representing Americans for Safe Access in the federal petition.

Dec 152016

ASA Releases Federal Medical Cannabis Policy Roadmap - Americans for Safe Access

By Jason Barker for Weed News

An Americans for Safe Access (ASA) national report was released on December 8th, 2016 and calls for an end to contradictions between federal and state guidelines with regard to medical cannabis policies. The Americans for Safe Access briefing book, “Medical Cannabis in America”, showing that not only do opiate related deaths drop an average of 24.8% in states with medical cannabis laws, the report also notes that the Department of Justice has spent an estimated $592 million to date in arrests, investigations, enforcement raids, pretrial services, incarceration, and probation. It further shows how the Obama Administration has spent $350 million on federal interference compared to the Bush Administration that was estimated to be in excess of $232 million.

Dec 122016

DEA dismissed its own misconceptions about pot, group says - Americans for Safe Access

By Bob Egelko for the San Francisco Chronicle

Defending the government’s classification of marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration declares on its website that pot causes mental illness and lung cancer and leads youths to heroin and cocaine.
But an advocacy group says the DEA, in a legal filing in August, said it found no evidence to support any of those conclusions. The group, Americans for Safe Access, has asked the agency to remove discredited claims from its Web page.

Dec 122016

New Petition Demands DEA Correct Misinformation About Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

From The Daily Chronic

WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a petition with the Department of Justice (DOJ) today demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) immediately update misinformation about cannabis.

The petition is being filed under the rules of the Information Quality Act (IQA, aka Data Quality Act), which requires administrative agencies to devise guidelines that ensure the “quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information” they distribute and to “[e]stablish administrative mechanisms allowing affected persons to seek and obtain correction of information maintained and disseminated by the agency that does not comply with the guidelines.”

Dec 122016

Medical Marijuana Policy Roadmap: Solutions for State and Federal Law Conflicts - Americans for Safe Access

From The Daily Chronic

WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Thursday released a briefing book —“Medical Cannabis in America”— calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to end the conflict between federal and state governments on medical cannabis programs.

The report includes potential actions for President Obama to take during the lame duck session along with steps for the incoming Congress and President-elect Donald Trump.

ASA argues these suggestions would protect the more than 2 million medical cannabis patients in the U.S. by allowing local manufacturers, growers, and distributors to operate in accordance with their own state’s laws regarding medical cannabis without fear of federal interference.

View the report here: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/briefing

Dec 092016

Implementation of medical marijuana amendment brings together unlikely allies - Americans for Safe Access

By Jim Rosica for Florida Politics

A recent report says Florida will rack up over $1 billion in medical marijuana sales in the next three years. Soon, the Sunshine State could be behind only California in the size of its medical pot revenues. It’s used as a “critical therapy by millions of patients to alleviate symptoms of epilepsy, chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and more,” according to Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access.

Dec 092016

Marijuana Legalization Activist Could Lead Trump’s FDA - Americans for Safe Access

By Tom Angell for Marijuana.com

Mike Liszewski of Americans for Safe Access told Marijuana.com that FDA’s current approval process for botanicals is “unworkable” and that as a result, very few have been approved. “O’Neill’s appointment could lead to an overhaul of rules pertaining to botanical medicine, which could create a much friendlier environment for research and approval of cannabis and other botanicals,” he said.

Dec 092016

Marijuana Advocates Are Celebrating This Small Victory - Americans for Safe Access

By Kyle Jaeger for attn:

"Such reforms could ultimately lead to cannabis being removed from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act," [Mike] Liszewski said. "However, whatever progress on cannabis at FDA under the Trump Administration should not be used as justification for cracking down on state medical cannabis programs, as there are more than 2 million patients who rely on these programs for safe and legal access to their medicine."

Dec 082016

Medical Marijuana Policy Roadmap Released by Americans for Safe Access - Americans for Safe Access

By Steve Elliott for Toke Signals

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Thursday released a briefing book —“Medical Cannabis in America”— calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to end the conflict between federal and state governments on medical marijuana programs. The report includes potential actions for President Obama to take during the lame duck session along with steps for the incoming Congress and President-elect Donald Trump.

Dec 082016

Humboldt County Farmers Launching Craft Cannabis Brand at Emerald Cup - Americans for Safe Access

By TG Branfalt Jr. for Granjapreneur

“We have been perfecting our trade and ability to comply since Prop 215. The opportunity to enter a legitimate, aboveground marketplace requires responsible practices,” he said in the release. “We look forward to raising the bar and setting the most sustainable standards for cannabis cultivation.”

Members of the collective voluntarily met rigid Patient Focused Certification standards, which require strict safety standards, legal compliance, and water use.