Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Nov 172017

Kettle Falls Five Matriarch Advocates for CJS Medical Marijuana Amendment in DC - Americans for Safe Access

The last 5 years have been a nightmare for Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, who is well known among medical cannabis advocates as a member of the Kettle Falls Five. For those unfamiliar with the story, Rhonda and her late husband Larry’s property in Washington State, near the town of Kettle Falls was raided in 2012 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for growing medical cannabis.

Nov 092017

ASA Files Freedom of Information Act Requests - Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — On November 9, Americans for Safe Access, filed two requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for information on any discussions the Commission had about medical cannabis and specifically the only cannabis study referenced in the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis draft final report .

Nov 082017

Most Cannabidiol Oils Sold Online Mislabeled - Americans for Safe Access

By Pat Anson for Pain News Network

“This is a wake up call for the CBD industry to standardize their products,” - Jahan Marcu, PhD

Nov 072017

The Real Risk of Buying Medical Marijuana Online - Americans for Safe Access

By Amanda MacMillan for Time

“The first step is ordering products from reputable sources or getting advice from other people you trust,” he says, “or getting products tested yourself in an independent lab.” (The group Patient Focused Certification can provide names of nearby facilities that will test CBD extracts, he says.) “Unfortunately, the onus is on the consumer to do the homework.” - Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD

Nov 072017

Medical Marijuana Study: 70 percent of CBD products inaccurately labelled - Americans for Safe Access

Americans for Safe Access Co-Author’s Study in JAMA on Cannabidiol Products

Washington, DC - A new study published this week in JAMA found that nearly 70 percent of all cannabidiol (CBD) products sold online are either over or under labeled, causing potential serious harm to its consumers. The study, co-authored by Jahan Marcu, Ph.D, American’s for Safe Access’ (ASA) Chief Science Officer and Director of Patient Focused Certification (PFC), analyzed 84 CBD products available online from 31 companies.
“This is a wake up call for the CBD industry to standardize their products,” said Dr. Marcu, “CBD product manufacturers need to adopt best practices and accept guidance from AHPA and other groups to improve consistency and safety for consumers. Reaching compliance with existing standards for cannabis-products could help address this issue.”

Nov 062017

'A very real danger': U.S. attorney general's views on marijuana create uncertainty over medical cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

By Waqas Chughtai for CBC News

"The prohibition ... is the only thing that limits the [DOJ] from engaging in federal prosecution of patients ... that stops [it] from conducting large-scale raids or bringing federal penalties for a lot of these patients."- David Mangone

Nov 032017

Patient Advocates Call on Congress to Act to Preserve Medical Cannabis to Fight Opiate Crisis - Americans for Safe Access

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As a kick off to the End Pain Not Lives Campaign on November 1, Americans for Safe Access and US Pain Foundation advocates held a press conference and rally on Capitol Hill to encourage Congress and the Administration to consider medical cannabis as an option for pain in order to help mitigate the current opioid overdose crisis that has hit epidemic proportions in our nation.

Nov 032017

Activists push for medical marijuana on Capitol Hill - Americans for Safe Access

By Alana Austin for WLIX

 "I have children that one day may have cancer and I don't want them popping pills all the time. This is 100 percent better alternative," - Amy Catterton

Oct 312017

Patient Advocates Call on Congress to Act to Preserve Medical Cannabis to Fight Opiate Crisis

Americans for Safe Access Launches Campaign and Declares November 1: National Cannabis as an Option for Pain Day

WASHINGTON, DC — On November 1, Americans for Safe Access, the US Pain Foundation, and approximately 150 advocates will hold a press conference and rally in Washington to encourage Congress and the Administration to consider medical cannabis as an option for pain in order to help mitigate the current opioid overdose crisis that has hit epidemic proportions in our nation. Sister rallies are planned across the country. See AFI list below.

Oct 312017

Activists see marijuana as solution to opioid crisis - Americans for Safe Access

By Willis Scott for KSNT News

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Bleeding Kansas Advocates along with Americans for Safe Access are hosting vigils to honor people who die from opioid overdose. Around 90 people die from an opioid overdose each day.