Blog Voices from the Frontlines

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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Aug 092017

How Medical Cannabis Might Be A Silver Bullet For Neuropathy

the_fresh_toast.pngNeuropathy is a generalized term which signifies exhibited symptoms of nerve damage in human beings—neuropathic pain is one of these symptoms. Neuropathy pain arises from a wide variety of sources that all stem from nerve injury, including: “diabetes mellitus…infections, alcoholism, traumatic injuries, autoimmune diseases, medications, infections, tumors, and inherited disorders”.

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Aug 032017

Coming Out of the Cannabis Closet - Americans for Safe Access

Jill_and_Daughter.jpgAfter the election of President Donald Trump last year, I have seen how strongly polarized we have become on nearly every issue out there. Healthcare, education, the environment, gun control, immigration.....the list goes on and on. But the one issue we all seem to agree on is the legalization of medical cannabis. It has, after all, received bi-partisan support in both the Senate and House in the South Carolina legislature (South Carolina Compassionate Care Act) as well as in Congress (CARERS Act).

Aug 012017

Massachusetts Medical Society Promotes Cannabis Education for Medical Professionals, Patient Advocates Hail Effort as a Huge Step Forward

The Massachusetts Medical Society, a leader in continuing medical education (CME) providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians and other health care professionals, endorsed the TheAnswerPage.com Comprehensive Cannabis Curriculum, as their comprehensive curriculum on the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis. This is among the highest validations for an endocannabinoid and medical cannabis curriculum.

Jul 282017

Americans For Safe Access Provides Sessions With Input On Cole Memo - Americans for Safe Access

By Johnny Green for Weed News

“President Trump and the Department of Justice need to consider the ramifications before modifying or repealing the Cole memo. For the past three years, state sponsored medical cannabis programs have operated under the guidance of this memorandum, and state governments have painstakingly worked to keep their programs within these guidelines. States are working in conjunction with the DOJ, not in contradiction as it sets up a workable framework that balances the interests of medical cannabis patients and federal enforcement priorities.  With 91 Americans a day dying from opioid overdose, and states with medical cannabis programs seeing a nearly 25% decrease in these deaths, it is more crucial than ever that the Federal Government not remove the guidance that is currently working.” - Steph Sherer