Medical marijuana: Truckee gets Americans for Safe Access chapter
February 25, 2013
ASA membership provides access to resources designed for budding activists, including the Training Center, Think Tank & Policy Shop, Federal Advocacy Project and the Patients' Right Project. ASA-NC hosts numerous educational events, including recent medical discoveries, legal rights seminars, responsible growing techniques and Good Neighbor policies. The group occasionally hosts fun events like movies, music festivals and community barbecues.
Founded in 2002 by Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access strives to overcome political and legal barriers to medical cannabis by using a multifaceted approach that incorporates public education, grassroots activism and media campaigns. ASA has worked with local governments to draft sensible regulations that work to benefit the community. When negotiations fail, ASA's legal team will institute proceedings against any policy that infringes on patients' civil liberties or any attempt to restrict safe access to medicinal cannabis.
Americans for Safe Access recently hosted a National Unity Conference in Washington, D.C. In an effort that might qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records, hundreds of activists from across the country met to lobby with every senator and representative in a single day. The group hopes to raise support for pending legislation that would recognize states' rights to chart their own course on medical marijuana without interference from the federal government.