Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Oct 072014

Medical Marijuana Measure Goes Before Nevada County Voters

Ian McDonald, Fox 40

Voters in Nevada County will decide the fate of a new medical marijuana grow ordinance at the polls next month.

Oct 062014

Marijuana Report: Changes in Washington

Young Ha, Insurance Journal

Pro-legalization groups say they are seeing positive developments at the federal level in Washington. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers during a House Appropriations Committee hearing in April that the Obama administration is open to working with Congress to reschedule marijuana, which is currently on the list of federal government’s Schedule I drugs.

Oct 062014

Just talking about marijuana can make people look silly

George Boardman, The Union

There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that using illegal drugs makes people stupid. The current “debate” over Measure S suggests that just talking about marijuana can make them look silly.

Oct 062014

5% used medical cannabis, 92% found relief - Americans for Safe Access

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Did you see the stories about a new study released last week about the prevalence of medical cannabis use in California? The study shows that 5% of Californians have used medical cannabis, and 92% of those report that it provided relief for a serious medical condition. This is big news. The research debunks the misperception that healthy people are overusing medical cannabis. Almost all of the 1.4 million Californians who have used medical cannabis used it successfully to treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition - chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, muscle spasms, nausea, stress, and depression.

Oct 042014

Connecticut’s medical marijuana users finding high prices

Ed Stannard, Register Citizen

In October 2013, Barbara paid $150 to have a doctor certify her need for medical marijuana, plus $100 to register with the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Oct 012014

US Senators for WA Must Find Patient-Friendly Replacement for Durkan - Americans for Safe Access

photo.JPGWith the resignation of U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan, patients in Washington State need to make sure that her replacement will show at least the same level of respect for our medical cannabis program. That is why ASA-WA is having its voice heard by organizing patients at monthly meetings and asking everyone to send letters to Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell that explain the importance of protecting patient’s safe access when making their recommendations for Durkan’s replacement.    

Senators Murray and Cantwell need to hear from the Washington medical cannabis patient community because of the great influence they wield in determining the next U.S. Attorney for Western Washington.  If they recommend a patient-friendly replacement for Durkan, they can help deter raids from federal law enforcement agencies.

Oct 012014

Report: California Has 1.9 Million Very Happy Medical Marijuana Users

Chris Roberts, SF Weekly

Pretty much anyone can access medical marijuana in California, provided they have $40 and 10 minutes to sit with a doctor. And pretty much everyone with a card is getting legitimate medical benefits from cannabis, a new study says.

Oct 012014

A lot of Californians use medical cannabis, it works, and that matters - Americans for Safe Access

Drug and Alcohol Review coverA new study shows that 1.4 million Californians have used medical cannabis and an overwhelming majority of those users (92%) believe cannabis helped treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition. The study, which will be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, challenges the commonly held perception that medical cannabis is being overused by healthy people and demonstrates that California’s medical cannabis laws are providing real relief to a lot of people. This scientific data is important and timely, given that lawmakers, voters, and the courts will be making important decisions in the next two years that will affect who can get medical cannabis and how for years to come. Those choices need to be informed by facts, not misperceptions. 

Read the abstract and buy copies of “Prevalence of medical marijuana use in California, 2012”, Drug and Alcohol Review (2014), DOI 10.111/dar. 12207 here.

Oct 012014

Peer-Reviewed Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California's Medical Marijuana Program

Sacramento, CA -- A new landmark study published last week by the peer-reviewed journal Drug and Alcohol Review refutes the long-held belief that abuse of California's medical marijuana law is ubiquitous. The study, "Prevalence of medical marijuana use in California, 2012," is the first time anyone has formally measured such data in the state according to its authors Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, Marta Induni, and Danielle Ewing of the Survey Research Group at Public Health Institute based in Oakland.

Sep 302014

Wisconsin's first pro-cannabis billboard - Americans for Safe Access

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The League of Marijuana Voters launched a billboard Monday that highlights two Wisconsin state senators' obstruction of medical marijuana legalization. The first ever billboard advocating for medical marijuana legislation in Wisconsin is part of a new campaign targeting Senators Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) for preventing passage of a bill that would allow people suffering from debilitating conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. The group is coordinating with the local Southeastern Wisconsin NORML chapter to raise awareness in the Senators' districts.

The billboard, which faces eastbound traffic on I-94 by 121st St. in West Allis, features silhouettes of the two legislators, their names, and their phone numbers. It reads, "WI patients have NO access to medical marijuana," and encourages voters to, "Ask [them] why!" The ad will run from September 29 through November 9. The billboard was designed by a volunteer and paid for by more than 100 individual donors. Planning and fundraising for more billboards around the state are currently underway.