Blog Voices from the Frontlines

May 022017

Is Medical Cannabis The Cure To Our Opioid Epidemic? - Americans for Safe Access

For CBS Miami

“When we look at tools to combat the opioid crisis, I think it’s amazing that medical cannabis is a tool we can use. At the heart of all of our challenges is the fact that the federal government sees cannabis as more dangerous than methamphetamines or cocaine.” - Steph Sherer

Apr 282017

Themes Emerging from the 2017 Americans for Safe Access Unity Conference - Americans for Safe Access

By Chloe Detrick for Ganjapreneur

“I feel that ASA is only going to continue growing as more and more states begin introducing legalization efforts. We are going to continue to get involved with state governments and assist them in ensuring that people are doing things the right way.” - Beth Collins

Apr 252017

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Medical Cannabis? - Americans for Safe Access

Closed for Business Sign on U.S. CapitolIf you have seen the news lately, you know that the possibility of a government shutdown is looming. Without any action, government funding ends at midnight on Friday April 28th, meaning that all non-essential government operations and agencies are suspended until a budget is passed. This would NOT include the Department of Justice (DOJ) as it is considered essential.

Apr 242017

Orrick Stokes DEA Over Alleged Marijuana Misstatements - Americans for Safe Access

By Marcia Coyle for The National Law Journal

A team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, representing the medical marijuana advocate Americans for Safe Access, isn’t holding its breath for federal drug enforcement officials to erase their alleged misstatements about the health risks of cannabis.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has not responded to a petition from Americans for Safe Access that sought to correct allegedly false and misleading information from the DEA’s website. Orrick filed the petition in late last year.

The next step? A possible lawsuit, said Orrick’s Vickie Feeman, a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office who is leading the pro bono effort for the pro-marijuana advocate.

Apr 242017

Medicinal Cannabis Treatments Coming, Experts Say - Americans for Safe Access

Larger-scale research, better regulation needed

By Ryan Basen for Medpage Today

WASHINGTON -- Medicinal cannabis industry officials and scholars here touted potential breakthroughs to treat health problems and questioned why cannabidiol (CBD) is not mandatory for athletes to address traumatic brain injury (TBI). Others, meanwhile, cautioned the field needs much more research and regulation.

"The whole concept of cannabis as medicine is very new," Stuart Titus, PhD, told MedPage Today during an interview at the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) annual meeting on medical cannabis last week. "Everything is at such a ground-floor state."

 

Apr 242017

Ohio rules for medical pot growers bring access questions - Americans for Safe Access

By the Associated Press for Fox 8 Cleveland

“The most genuine answer that anyone can give about Ohio’s program is that this has never been done before, so we don’t know if it will work, or serve patients. So patients will just have to wait and see.” - Dr. Jahan Marcu

Apr 212017

The Science of Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

terpenes.jpgThousands will be gathering tomorrow across the country for the March for Science, a march and rally in support of scientific fact trumping science fiction in our government and among our elected officials.

Apr 132017

Marijuana industry braces for clash with Trump administration - Americans for Safe Access

By Mary Paige Nesfeder for Fox News

“I think that we have a lot of new champions this year that I think are really going to push this issue and end the federal conflict once and for all,” - Steph Sherer

Apr 122017

Unity 2017 a Success! - Americans for Safe Access

jillswingquote.pngYesterday, over 100 medical cannabis patient advocates from 32 states descended on Capitol Hill with a mission:
to convince their members of Congress to support medical cannabis legislation like the CARERS Act.

With help from ASA staff, advocates were scheduled for 72 meetings, which they attended armed with the information they had learned attending ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference held from the 7th-11th at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C.

Apr 122017

Maryland Finally Moving Forward on Access to Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission LogoThis week began with a significant move of progress, as the state of Maryland finally opened its patient registry for medical cannabis. Although the state legislature passed a medical cannabis program in 2013, delays and setbacks have postponed the implementation by over four years. Those with last names A through L can now register through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission's website. Patients with last names M through Z will be able to register starting Monday April 17 at 9 AM. Registration will be open for all patients beginning on April 24th.