Press Releases

Oct 232014

Seattle Issues Cease and Desist Notices to 330 Medical Marijuana Businesses, Fails to Offer Solutions for Patients

Seattle, WA -- More than 300 medical marijuana businesses received cease and desist letters from the City of Seattle this week. While the move appears to be consistent with a local law requiring medical marijuana businesses to obtain state-issued licenses by January 1, 2015, those licenses do not yet exist. Patients are concerned that the cease and desist orders are part of a coordinated plan to shut down much-needed businesses and dismantle Washington's 16-year old medical marijuana law.

Oct 222014

Recent Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Gardens in California Cut Off Treatment for Children Living with Epilepsy

Mendocino Co. / Modesto, CA -- As promising results from clinical trials are announced in the use of cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat intractable epilepsy, those lawfully cultivating the plant in California are being raided by local law enforcement. Two gardens destroyed by police in the past two months in Mendocino County and Modesto contained a rare strain of medical marijuana rich in Cannabidiol (or CBD) used by children many of whom do not respond to other drug treatments.

Oct 162014

Advocates Launch "Vote Medical Marijuana" Ahead of November Elections to Help Educate Supporters, Public

Washington, DC -- The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online TV advertisement to launch its groundbreaking, election-cycle voter education campaign "Vote Medical Marijuana." The ad will also air on this Sunday's morning cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Washington State. The campaign features an interactive online voter's guide at that provides information on political candidate positions as well as voting statistics and a report card for each Member of Congress and certain state elected officials.

Oct 092014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Survey Federal, State Electoral Candidates Ahead of November Elections

Washington, DC -- The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online advertisement to launch its survey drive for for this year's election-cycle educational campaign. The ad will also air on this Sunday's morning cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, Sacramento, South Florida, and Washington State. As part of its groundbreaking "Vote Medical Marijuana" campaign, ASA has sent out more than 2,000 candidate surveys to help patients and the general public make more informed electoral decisions based on candidates' positions on medical marijuana.

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.

Aug 112014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Run Ads on Chronic Pain in USA Today NFL Special Editions Across the Country

Washington, D.C. -- The country's leading medical marijuana advocacy organization, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), has teamed up with the world's largest cannabis information resource, Leafly, to run advertisements starting yesterday in USA Today's NFL Special Edition, which will be read by football fans across the country. The quarter-page ads will run for 30 days, followed by digital online ads and will focus on the markets for the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Jul 222014

New Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Guidelines Issued by National Herbal Medicine Industry Group

Washington, D.C. -- The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) released its long-awaited medical marijuana manufacturing guidelines today, completing its compendium of industry standards which include regulatory recommendations for cannabis from seed to sale. The AHPA manufacturing guidelines come as licensed Colorado business "At Home Baked" sees the country's first medical marijuana product recall.

Jul 162014

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana patients hailed another landmark victory today when the U.S. House voted 231-192 to restrict Department of Treasury funds from "being used to prohibit or penalize a financial institution from providing services to a marijuana-related business that engages in activities permissible under state or local laws." The amendment to the financial services budget bill was introduced by Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), and won an unprecedented number of votes for a medical marijuana issue.

Jul 072014

Advocates Welcome New York as 23rd Medical Marijuana State but Object to Overly Restrictive Law

Albany, NY -- Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law today that makes New York the 23rd medical marijuana state. Patient advocates celebrated a deal struck last month between Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature that will protect qualified patients from arrest, prosecution, and discrimination, and license up to 20 distribution facilities across the state. However, concerns over some of the law's onerous restrictions have compelled advocates to issue a report evaluating all the current medical marijuana laws in the U.S.

Jun 192014

Senators Rand Paul, Cory Booker Introduce Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Measure in Lead-up to Floor Vote

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced today their plan to introduce a budget amendment to curb Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement in medical marijuana states that has resulted in numerous, costly federal prosecutions, such as the widely watched Kettle Falls 5 case. The bipartisan senate amendment is similar to a House budget amendment that passed with an historic 219-189 vote last month. A Senate floor vote on the amendment is expected to take place either later today or tomorrow.