Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Apr 032017

IS CANNABIS A POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT? - Americans for Safe Access

Without Proper Testing and Training It Could Be

By David Hodes for Dope Magazine

“Some of the information on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website is 30 or 40 years old,. I don’t know about your health policy, but I prefer mine to be based on policy that is younger than me.” - Jahan Marcu

Mar 292017

Why New Jersey’s medical marijuana gets a ‘C’ grade - Americans for Safe Access

By David Matthau for New Jersey 101.5

"What we’re finding is that in states that have medical cannabis programs that allow recommendations for chronic pain, we’re actually seeing a drop in opioid deaths by as much as 25 percent." - Steph Sherer

Mar 282017

Can Legal Marijuana Solve The Opioid Crisis?

Newsweek_Logo.svgU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said he was “astonished” by claims that legal marijuana could solve the opioid crisis devastating the nation. However, a new study firmly linked legalized weed to decreased opioid abuse and overdoses.

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Mar 242017

City Council Approves Creation Of Cannabis Licensing Commission - Americans for Safe Access

By Julia Wick for LAist

"We're really pleased that they've created the commission. I think it will work better for the city to have this distinct commission, rather than tasking already overburdened agencies with a huge new program." -  Sarah Armstrong

Mar 232017

Tennessee Takes a Step in Pursuit of Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Tennessee patients who need access to medical cannabis will have to continue waiting. Despite the opportunity to pass a bill that would have legalized medical cannabis in Tennessee, lawmakers, particularly in the Senate were apprehensive to move the bill forward. Instead, lawmakers elected to form a task force to determine the path towards legalizing medical cannabis in the State.

Patients should not have to continue to wait for medicine they need.

Mar 202017

Virginia Quietly Moves Forward with Medical Cannabis Program - Americans for Safe Access

On Thursday, March 16th, Virginia Governor McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 1027 into law allowing the production and distribution of cannabidiol oil (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) with up to 5% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for patients with intractable epilepsy.  Unlike the signing of SB1235 and HB1445 in 2015 (providing an affirmative defense for possession of the oils), which took place in a reporter-packed room surrounded by the children and parents who had lobbied for the bill, the signing of SB1027 went relatively unnoticed by the media. However, it remains a significant move forward in the conservative state.

Mar 202017

No More Delays for Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Program - Americans for Safe Access

OFFICIAL-MARYLAND-MEDICAL-MARIJUANA-LAWS-500x300.jpegDespite its promising beginnings, the medical cannabis program in Maryland has suffered since its implementation in 2013. For the past four years, Maryland's medical cannabis program has been subjected to repeated legislative changes, an extensive public debate over establishing a regulatory structure, and a large applicant pool for licenses. Patients are still awaiting access.

It is now possible that these patients may be forced to wait even longer.  Several bills have been introduced in the Maryland Senate that could postpone a functioning system for distribution of medical cannabis even longer. For many who are eligible to use medical cannabis, each day without medicine can be both costly and painful.  

Mar 202017

ASA Activist Newsletter - March 2017 - Americans for Safe Access

In the March 2017 issue:

  • ASA’s Annual Report on State Programs Finds Improvements
  • DEA Yields to Pressure, Removes Misinformation on Cannabis
  • House Cannabis Bills Introduced, Senators Pressure AG Sessions
  • LA Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Cannabis Regulation
  • ASA and PFC to Contribute to International Cannabis Standards
  • New Location for ASA National Unity Conference
  • ASA Activist Profile: Dana Ulrich, Pennsylvania
  • ACTION ALERT: Send ASA’s Access Report to Your State Officials
Mar 172017

Sessions rips medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Daniel M. Jiminez for the Record-Bee

“Statements like these from the Attorney General are factually inaccurate. Sessions needs to stop spreading unfounded, unscientific theories about medical marijuana and take the time to actually meet the millions of Americans that are benefiting from its use before making comments about it being over-hyped.” - Steph Sherer

Mar 152017

Map: How do state medical marijuana laws compare? Advocates give report card - Americans for Safe Access

By Alicia Wallace and Polly Washburn for The Cannabist

The majority of U.S. states now have a medical marijuana law in place, but the laws don’t yet go far enough, a national medical marijuana patient advocacy group says.

Americans for Safe Access recently released the latest iteration of its “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States” annual report card, in which the organization conducts a state-by-state analysis of medical marijuana laws and programs.