Blog Voices from the Frontlines

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.

Apr 082017

ASA Activist Newsletter - April 2017 - Americans for Safe Access

In the April 2017 Issue:

  • ASA Hosts 5th Annual National Unity Conference
  • West Virginia to Join Medical Cannabis States
  • Virginia Expands Medical Cannabis Program
  • Indiana Legislature Moves to Allow CBD
  • Federal Cannabis Policy Under Review
  • Oregon Recalls Cannabis over Pesticide
  • ASA Activist of the Year: Nichole Snow, Massachusetts
  • ACTION ALERT: Join ASA for Lobby Day 2017
Apr 072017

Medical marijuana advocates to host lobbying day - Americans for Safe Access

By Tim Devaney for The Hill

Medical marijuana advocates will descend on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

The advocates are in town for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, which culminates in a lobbying day next week.

Apr 052017

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for West Virginia Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

West Virginia Welcome Sign

UPDATE: On April 19, 2017 West Virginia Jim Justice signed SB 386 into law, making West Virginia the 29th state with a comprehensive medical cannabis program. The signing ceremony can be viewed here.