Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jan 232017

The Perfect Storm That Could Cripple the Marijuana Industry Under Trump - Americans for Safe Access

By Will Yakowicz for Inc.

The marijuana industry is waiting to see how President Donald Trump and his administration will treat the state-regulated marijuana industry. Many entrepreneurs believe he will support states' rights, but a long-time medical marijuana lobbyist says she is "frightened" for the industry's future.

Steph Sherer, founder and executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a nonprofit that lobbies to support medical marijuana patients, told Marijuana Business Daily that she is not optimistic about the future of the marijuana industry.

Jan 202017

Over 100,000 Demand DEA Stop Lying About Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Johnny Green for Weed News

Over 100,000 people have signed an Americans for Safe Access petition on Change.org demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that all of their future information on medical cannabis treatment reflect medically-accurate, up-to-date facts.

View the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-make-the-dea-tell-the-truth-about-marijuana

Jan 202017

Trump, Sessions + the future of the cannabis industry: Q&A with Steph Sherer - Americans for Safe Access

By John Schoyer for Marijuana Business Daily

Steph Sherer has a good read on the pulse of cannabis politics, having spent years in Washington DC lobbying on behalf of medical marijuana patients and fighting for national MJ reform as executive director of Americans for Safe Access.

With Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday just hours away, she’s not optimistic about what the near-term future holds for the marijuana industry.

Sherer told Marijuana Business Daily she expects Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, to conduct audits of various state laws and marijuana programs to see how well they measure up to the eight strictures outlined in the 2013 Cole Memo.

Such audits, she said, could be used as ammunition by Sessions and other anti-cannabis forces in DC to roll back much of the progress the marijuana movement has made in recent years.

Jan 202017

Progress on Pot Policy Could Be Undone by Trump - Americans for Safe Access

By Zack Ruskin for SFWeekly

“If the hair isn’t standing up on the back of your neck, then you’re not paying attention," says Steph Sherer, head of Americans for Safe Access.

Jan 182017

National Academy Of Sciences Pushes For Rescheduling Of Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Debra Borchardt for Forbes

The DEA has actually admitted that cannabis is not a gateway drug and does not cause long-term brain damage, psychosis, and other alleged harms, yet they keep distributing this false information anyway, despite the reality these claims are not based on scientific fact said Beth Collins, Senior Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for Americans for Safe Access. “It's illegal for the government to disseminate inaccurate information and the DEA must be held accountable.”

Jan 182017

Port Hueneme starts crafting marijuana dispensary laws - Americans for Safe Access

By Anne Kallas for the Ventura County Star

Sarah Armstrong, director of Industry Affairs for Americans for Safe Access, asked that the proposed ordinance drop the requirement for state-issued identification, saying certified doctors' recommendations along with identification should be enough. She cited the expense of the cards and the reluctance of patients to have their personal information in a state database.

Jan 182017

Over 100,000 Demand DEA Stop Disseminating False Information About Medical Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — Over 100,000 people have signed an Americans for Safe Access petition on Change.org demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that all of their future information on medical cannabis treatment reflect medically-accurate, up-to-date facts.

View the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-make-the-dea-tell-the-truth-about-marijuana

Jan 182017

ASA Change.org Petition to Get the DEA to Tell the Truth Reaches 100K Signatures - Americans for Safe Access


On Tuesday, Americans for Safe Access delivered more than 98,000 signatures for our Change.org petition to get the DEA to tell the truth about medical cannabis. Today, the number of signers eclipsed 100,000, reaching ASA's goal before President Obama leaves office. ASA is trying to get Obama to instruct the DEA to grant our Information Quality Act petition and remove all references to the "gateway theory" and other scientifically disproven harms from its websites and publications.

Americans for Safe Access’ complaint cites 25 violations under the IQA, alleging that the DEA website currently contains inaccurate statements that do not meet informational standards required by the law. Making matters worse, the DEA continues to distribute statements about the efficacy of medical cannabis and its risks, which have been refuted by the DEA itself in the recent “Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana,” issued August 12, 2016.

Jan 182017

Indiana American Legion Calls on Congress to Reschedule Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

By Duke London for Marijuana.com

“For years, many of the Congressional offices that have been hesitant to vote in favor of medical marijuana reform have asked if groups such as the American Legion have weighed in, with the American Legion joining the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in supporting federal medical marijuana reform, it will be increasingly difficult for Congressional leadership to continue blocking efforts to expand research and move marijuana out of Schedule I.”- Mike Liszewski

Jan 172017

Smoke Sessions: AG Nominee Sidesteps Questions on Federal Marijuana Law Enforcement - Americans for Safe Access

By Scott Gacek for MedicalJane

“The vague answers given by Senator Jeff Sessions during today’s Attorney General confirmation hearing provided little comfort for the 2 million American patients who rely on state-run medical cannabis programs to provide them with physician-recommended medicine,” said Mike Liszewski, Director of Government Affairs for Americans for Safe Access. “Each of the 44 states that have medical cannabis programs, including 15 states with patient access to CBD (such as Sessions home state of Alabama), technically violate federal law.”