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May 252017

Approval of the First Medical Cannabis Grow Operation in Maryland Granted to Patient Focused Certified Company - Americans for Safe Access

Maryland regulators issued the first license to grow medical cannabis in Maryland to ForwardGro, a company with a 1-acre greenhouse located in Anne Arundel County. This decision comes more than four years after Maryland first approved a medical cannabis program. ForwardGro is also the first company in Maryland to be certified for cultivation under American for Safe Access’ (ASA) Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program. 

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May 122017

Another Red Flag from Jeff Sessions - Americans for Safe Access

flag.jpgA large majority of drug prosecution cases occur on the state level. But when federal prosecutors get involved, the consequences can be much more serious. It’s unclear whether a recent memo issued by the Department of Justice could apply to medical cannabis patients following their state laws.

May 082017

Trump's Signing Statement Has Left Patients Scratching their Heads: What Does it Mean? - Americans for Safe Access

President Donald Trump Signing OrderLast Friday, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, into law. This budget bill will fund the government through September 30, 2017. Included in the appropriations bill was language that prohibits the Department of Justice from using funds to limit the implementation of state medical cannabis programs.

May 042017

FY17 Budget Protects Medical Cannabis Patients - Americans for Safe Access

budget_books.jpgAfter passing a temporary stopgap budget measure, Congress has funded the Government through September 30, 2017. Included in the Appropriations bill is a provision that prevents the Department of Justice from expending federal funds to prevent the implementation of state medical cannabis programs. The Appropriations bill also includes protections for states with industrial hemp programs

May 022017

Having "The Talk" - Americans for Safe Access

talk.fw--300x247.pngFor medical cannabis patients, one of the hardest conversations to have may be with family and friends. After negotiating the hurdles of registering as a patient, finding a physician that will recommend medical cannabis, and finding a dispensary close to home, the last thing many patients may not anticipate is an intense conversation about their new medicine with their loved ones.

Apr 252017

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Medical Cannabis? - Americans for Safe Access

Closed for Business Sign on U.S. CapitolIf you have seen the news lately, you know that the possibility of a government shutdown is looming. Without any action, government funding ends at midnight on Friday April 28th, meaning that all non-essential government operations and agencies are suspended until a budget is passed. This would NOT include the Department of Justice (DOJ) as it is considered essential.

Apr 212017

The Science of Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

terpenes.jpgThousands will be gathering tomorrow across the country for the March for Science, a march and rally in support of scientific fact trumping science fiction in our government and among our elected officials.

Apr 122017

Unity 2017 a Success! - Americans for Safe Access

jillswingquote.pngYesterday, over 100 medical cannabis patient advocates from 32 states descended on Capitol Hill with a mission:
to convince their members of Congress to support medical cannabis legislation like the CARERS Act.

With help from ASA staff, advocates were scheduled for 72 meetings, which they attended armed with the information they had learned attending ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference held from the 7th-11th at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C.

Apr 122017

Maryland Finally Moving Forward on Access to Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission LogoThis week began with a significant move of progress, as the state of Maryland finally opened its patient registry for medical cannabis. Although the state legislature passed a medical cannabis program in 2013, delays and setbacks have postponed the implementation by over four years. Those with last names A through L can now register through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission's website. Patients with last names M through Z will be able to register starting Monday April 17 at 9 AM. Registration will be open for all patients beginning on April 24th.

Apr 052017

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for West Virginia Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

West Virginia Welcome Sign

UPDATE: On April 19, 2017 West Virginia Jim Justice signed SB 386 into law, making West Virginia the 29th state with a comprehensive medical cannabis program. The signing ceremony can be viewed here.