Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Jan 042017

New Year's Resolutions for the Medical Cannabis Movement - Americans for Safe Access

This is an image of a sticky note with fireworks in the background. The background contains the text: \2017 is here! It is a new year and a new chance to make great things happen. The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to think about new goals and how to achieve them. Here at ASA, our priority has always been and will continue to be ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis. Our New Year’s resolution is to work harder than ever before to make this happen.

Jan 032017

Cannabis Decriminalization Movement Goes Global - Americans for Safe Access

By Chris Roberts for CannabisNow

“The committee staff will consider new information related to the cannabis plant, resin, extracts and tinctures,” [Steph] Sherer said. “Staff will also consider the emerging science related to THC and CBD.”

Jan 032017

Survey Says…Higher Learning Needed At Dispensaries - Americans for Safe Access

By Jason Barker for Weed News

Seed to consumption national quality standards also now exist for the medical cannabis industry thanks to the 2011 collaboration of Americans for Safe Access, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP).

Jan 032017

Medical marijuana for kids: Often, no clear path, legally and practically - Americans for Safe Access

By David Kohn for The Washington Post

“Parents who want to try this for their kids have more options than they did five years ago, but there are still a lot of hoops to jump through, a lot of hurdles to get over.” - Beth Collins

Dec 302016

Worried About the New Administration? - Americans for Safe Access

Let me be frank: the next administration could be disastrous to the movement for safe and legal access.   The current federal “cease fire” on medical cannabis is based on two historic developments: a memo from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and an amendment to the federal budget. Both developments could be in jeopardy next year.

But being a supporter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), you know our talented staff is preparing to tackle whatever comes our way.

Make a generous one-time donation or affordable monthly contribution to ASA today to educate federal lawmakers and rally our growing national grassroots base.

Dec 262016

Major International Victory for Medical Cannabis! - Americans for Safe Access

Major Victory graphicAmericans for Safe Access (ASA) has just learned that the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) decided to move forward with a process that may reclassify medical cannabis under international law. The debate about medical cannabis at the ECDD has been stalled for years, but persistent pressure by ASA members, staff and international allies has resulted in historic movement towards rescheduling. The influential committee will hold a special session to discuss medical cannabis in eighteen months. 

Dec 232016

ASA’s Gift Ideas That Won’t Get Re-Gifted! - Americans for Safe Access


Christmas is almost here! If you are like me you are probably in a mad rush to finish decorating the tree and get those last minute gifts. ASA can help you complete your gift lists and your stocking stuffers without having to endure the mall!

Dec 232016

California Considers Drug Billboard Ban…Just Kidding! Only Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

By Russ Belville for Weed News

Broadly banning advertisements such as billboards along highways seems to be go beyond what is reasonable,” [said Michael Liszewski, Americans for Safe Access’ director of government affairs], adding “medicinal cannabis is a form of medical therapy and should not be regulated like alcohol or gambling.”

Dec 222016

Do Farmers have a Legal Right to Grow Cannabis? - Americans for Safe Access

By Paul Roberts for Leafly

In one case, ASA forced the California Highway Patrol to end its informal policy of confiscating the property of medical cannabis patients during traffic stops. Another ASA lawsuit stopped the California Department of Motor Vehicles from suspending the licenses of medical patients. “And as we were winning these lawsuits,” [Steph] Sherer says, “we started getting more traction in the legislature,” which gradually led to new protections for medical cannabis patients.

Dec 222016

The DEA’s tangled web - Americans for Safe Access

By Paul Danish for the Boulder Weekly

For the last 80 years the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its predecessor agencies have been lying about the risks of marijuana use and getting away with it.

Now the pro-medical marijuana organization Americans for Safe Access is pushing back — with evidence the DEA itself used, amazingly enough, when it blocked a petition to change pot from a Schedule I Controlled Substance to a status more in keeping with reality.