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Aug 172017

3 More PFC Certified Companies Receive Stage 2 License in Maryland - Americans for Safe Access

On Monday, August 14th, Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission announced the approval of three PFC-certified companies to grow and process medical cannabis for the patients of Maryland who have waited so long. Along with ForwardGro, the first company to receive a Stage 2 license in Maryland, Freestate Wellness, Harvest of Maryland, and Green Leaf Medical are currently part of ASA’s Patient Focused Certification program.

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Aug 152017

Americans For Safe Access Fights the Good, Long Fight - Americans for Safe Access

By Joanne Cachapero for MG Magazine

Marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access warns the struggle is real.

Americans for Safe Access Executive Director Steph Sherer has the chops of someone who’s been an advocate for a long time—fifteen years so far, and no stopping is in sight for her or the organization. Based in Washington, D.C., ASA lobbies and advocates on behalf of medical marijuana patients, cultivators, manufacturers, and retailers.

There’s never a dull moment in the American capital, according to Sherer, especially under the current administration. “I think the cannabis industry has two amazing things going for it right now that have nothing to do with [the White House],” she said, laughing.

Aug 142017

Legal weed—an accidental solution to the opioid crisis? - Americans for Safe Access

medical-express-logo.pngIt's hard to go a day in Canada without hearing about at least one of two types of drugs – but for vastly different reasons. One class of drug—opioids —kills four people a day in British Columbia. The other —cannabis —will be legal for adult purchase and consumption by this time next year.

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Aug 142017

ASA Activist Newsletter - August 2017

In the August 2017 Issue

  • Senate Committee Passes Measure Protecting Patients
  • Veterans Rights Amendment Clears Senate Committee
  • ASA and Federal Task Force Urge Respect for State Programs
  • PFC Offers Free Services for Laboratories, new webinars, podcasts
  • Massachusetts Medical Society Promotes Cannabis Education
  • ASA Activist Profile: Jill K. Swing, Charleston, South Carolina
  • ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Congressional Reps
Aug 142017

Is Marijuana the Answer to the Opioid Epidemic? - Americans for Safe Access

healthline.pngCan marijuana save the day? Not yet. But Americans in pain are already turning to the marijuana plant.

The hope: One day you’ll have a choice of varieties or formulations of compounds in marijuana — called “cannabinoids” — that bring relief, aren’t addictive, and leave your mind clear.

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Aug 122017

Medical Cannabis gaining momentum in TN as alternative Opioid treatment

wztv-fox17-header-logo.pngSafe Access Tennessee, a group working to advance cannabis therapeutics is speaking out. The medical marijuana group originally had plans to be part of tonight's Nashville Sounds educate Tennessee charity night -- when the entire event got canceled on Friday.

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Aug 122017

Educating State Legislators at NCSL - Americans for Safe Access

IMG_2743_(1).JPGFrom August 6 through August 9, Americans for Safe Access was in Boston attending and exhibiting at the 2017 National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Legislative Summit.

The NCSL conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of state legislators, legislative staff, government officials and advocates. With over 6,700 attendees, we had a great time educating state legislators about safe access to medical cannabis.

Aug 112017

Treatment center using medical marijuana to treat opioid addicts

fox_5_dc.jpegAs President Donald Trump declares the nation’s opioid epidemic a national emergency, there are still many questions about how to tackle the problem in a meaningful and long-lasting manner. One advocate for treating addiction, Joe Schrank, believes the answer lies in legalized medicinal marijuana. Schrank has detailed efforts to use cannabis as a conduit to wean addicts from using of harmful opioids as part of High Sobriety, a California-based treatment program.

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Aug 112017

Massachusetts Medical Society Promotes Cannabis Education for Medical Professionals - Americans for Safe Access

Last month, the Massachusetts Medical Society, a leader in continuing medical education (CME) providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians and other healthcare professionals, announced exciting news, endorsing the TheAnswerPage.com Comprehensive Cannabis Curriculum, as their comprehensive curriculum on the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis.

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