ASA in the News

Dec 232016

California Considers Drug Billboard Ban…Just Kidding! Only Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Russ Belville for Weed News

Broadly banning advertisements such as billboards along highways seems to be go beyond what is reasonable,” [said Michael Liszewski, Americans for Safe Access’ director of government affairs], adding “medicinal cannabis is a form of medical therapy and should not be regulated like alcohol or gambling.”

Dec 222016

Do Farmers have a Legal Right to Grow Cannabis? - Americans for Safe Access

By Paul Roberts for Leafly

In one case, ASA forced the California Highway Patrol to end its informal policy of confiscating the property of medical cannabis patients during traffic stops. Another ASA lawsuit stopped the California Department of Motor Vehicles from suspending the licenses of medical patients. “And as we were winning these lawsuits,” [Steph] Sherer says, “we started getting more traction in the legislature,” which gradually led to new protections for medical cannabis patients.

Dec 222016

The DEA’s tangled web - Americans for Safe Access

By Paul Danish for the Boulder Weekly

For the last 80 years the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its predecessor agencies have been lying about the risks of marijuana use and getting away with it.

Now the pro-medical marijuana organization Americans for Safe Access is pushing back — with evidence the DEA itself used, amazingly enough, when it blocked a petition to change pot from a Schedule I Controlled Substance to a status more in keeping with reality.

Dec 222016

Pot ads along highways? Lawmakers wrangle over legalization's consequences - Americans for Safe Access

By Patrick McGreevy for the Los Angeles Times

“Broadly banning advertisements such as billboards along highways seems to be go beyond what is reasonable, medicinal cannabis is a form of medical therapy and should not be regulated like alcohol or gambling.” - Mike Liszewski

Dec 192016

New DEA ruling has local medical marijuana advocates, lawmakers concerned - Americans for Safe Access

By Cathy Mckitrick for the Standard-Examiner

TRUCE recently rated the pending patient-access measures using over 60 metrics developed by Americans for Safe Access. TRUCE concluded that all three fall woefully short of meeting patient needs. Bills sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, and Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, scored 15 and 13 percent respectively, while a new measure put forward by Froerer came in at 22 percent.

Dec 192016

What We Learned at the “Innovation in the Cannabis Industry” Conference - Americans for Safe Access

By Edward Dodge for Merry Jane

Dr. Jahan Marcu of Americans for Safe Access stressed that industry participants need to be cautious as they move forward and constantly make sure of their compliance with all applicable regulations. An unfriendly administration could generate raids by the Health Department and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and minor violations could results in fines and sanctions. Operators should expect to be inspected.

Dec 162016

New program launched to educate doctors and patients on medical cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, and TheAnswerPage, an international resource for providing accredited continuing medical education since 1998, on Thursday launched Cannabis Care Certification (CCC), an online program designed to provide quality information about medical cannabis to individuals who are starting or considering cannabis therapy, and healthcare professionals looking to learn about the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis.

View more about the Cannabis Care Certification program at: www.CannabisCareCertification.org.

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.