Blog Voices from the Frontlines
In the February 2017 Issue:
- ASA Petition to Fix DEA Falsehoods Passes 100k Mark
- Review Finds Cannabis is Medicine, More Study Needed
- Guam Starts Licensing Process, Mandates PFC for businesses
- Ohio Taking Comment on Proposed Medical Cannabis Rules
- Florida Officials Propose Rules that Ignore Voters
- Hawaii Implementing Dispensary Program
- Medical Cannabis Covered by Workers Comp in New Jersey
- Germany Makes Cannabis Available by Prescription
- ASA Activist Profile: Terrie Best, San Diego
- ACTION ALERT: Register for Unity 2017
Tommy Chong, Ryan Adams, other marijuana advocates react as Jeff Sessions nomination advances - Americans for Safe Access
By Brooke Edwards Staggs for the Cannifornian
“The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General would be a five-alarm threat to the more than 2 million medical cannabis patients and 44 state medical cannabis programs across the country. Sessions is an outspoken opponent of medical cannabis — and based off his testimony before the Senate, shows no signs of softening his position. As Attorney General, Sessions would have the exclusive authority to take direct action against medical cannabis patients and programs — something deeply concerning for patients who rely on cannabis treatment.” — Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans For Safe Access
Lawmakers have doubts that the system to license marijuana sales in California will be in place by deadline - Americans for Safe Access
By Patrick McGreevy for The Los Angeles Times
“I don’t necessarily think it’s a catastrophe if it’s not done exactly on Jan. 1, obviously we want to get it done. If it takes an extra three or four months, that would be fine. I think it’s more important to get right than to do it fast.” - Don Duncan
By Matt Mauney for Asbestos.com
“I think that the fears that this country had at the beginning of these laws proved to be unfounded,” Steph Sherer, founder and executive director of Americans For Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group, told Asbestos.com.
By Ken Quintanilla for KUAM News
"This week Public Health announced that prior to receiving an actual permit to operate, all applicants for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and laboratory services must first begin the process of certification from the Patient Focused Certification, a service offered by Americans for Safe Access."
FAIRBANKS — A legal request has also been filed with the U.S. Department of Justice, “demanding that the DEA immediately update misinformation about cannabis,” the group stated in a news release last week.
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.
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
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.
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.