Press Releases

Feb 202014

National Medical Marijuana Group Certifies First Dispensaries in Effort to Bring Quality Standards to the Industry

San Francisco, CA -- Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) certified the first two dispensaries in the country today for its new nationwide program that verifies the quality and reliability of products sold at licensed medical marijuana businesses. The certifications issued today to Berkeley Patients Group and SPARC of San Francisco are based on the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry based on new quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP).

Feb 142014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Welcome Long Awaited Change in Banking Policy for Licensed Businesses

Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana advocates are applauding a new memorandum issued today by the U.S. Departments of Treasury (DOT) and Justice (DOJ) giving long-awaited guidance to financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, to provide services to marijuana-related businesses in states where it's legal. A refusal to engage in these services has plagued medical marijuana businesses for years, dating back to the Bush Administration. Due to an aggressive accelerated policy under Obama Administration, States like California, Colorado, Washington, Michigan and others have been forced to deal in large amounts of cash.

Feb 122014

Congress Calls on President Obama to Use His Authority to Reclassify Marijuana

Washington, D.C. -- Eighteen Members of Congress joined together today in calling on President Obama to use his authority to reclassify marijuana from its current position as a dangerous drug, alongside heroin and LSD, with no medical value. A letter sent by federal legislators today says that marijuana's current status "makes no sense," and requests that President Obama "instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way." The Congressional letter comes just days after Obama told The New Yorker magazine that marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol.

Jan 312014

Medical Advocates Say President Obama Has Authority over Marijuana Classification

Washington, D.C. -- Medical Marijuana advocates are telling President Obama he has the power to reclassify marijuana after he said today it is up to Congress. In an exclusive CNN interview, President Barack Obama responded to a question about the federal government's classification of marijuana by saying that, "what is and isn't a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress."

Jan 222014

Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Argue Their Federal Appeal Thursday Before Sixth Circuit

Cincinnati, OH -- Michigan medical marijuana patient Jerry Duval and his son Jeremy, who are serving 10 and 5 years in prison, respectively, after being convicted in April 2012 without a defense in federal court, will argue their appeal Thursday before the Sixth Circuit. Jerry Duval, 54, a kidney-pancreas transplant patient with coronary artery disease and diabetic retinopathy, began serving his sentence in June at FMC Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts, but has complained about not receiving adequate medical treatment. The Obama Administration has so far refused Duval's Compassionate Release Request despite a price tag of over $1 million to care for him in prison.

Jan 132014

Bill Introduced in Washington State to Protect Patient Rights and Preserve Medical Cannabis Program

Seattle, WA -- Patients, doctors and caregivers have formed a powerful coalition to keep medical cannabis from being eliminated in the face of Initiative 502 implementation -- and to prove they mean business, the group has introduced a bill on the opening day of the 2014 Legislative session.

Jan 092014

Medical Marijuana Journalist Arrested During Oakland DEA Raid to be Sentenced Friday in Federal Court

Oakland, CA -- A medical marijuana activist and journalist who was brutally arrested in April 2012 during federal raids on multiple licensed businesses in Oakland will be sentenced Friday. Despite video evidence of the brutality leveled against Jose Gutierrez, he was prevented from raising it as a defense in his October 4th trial and was, himself, convicted of assault on a federal officer. Gutierrez, who faces 8 years in prison, will be sentenced in Oakland this Friday, January 10th at 10:30am.

Dec 172013

New Nationwide Certification Program Brings Quality Assurance to the Medical Marijuana Industry

Washington, D.C. -- Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched a new nationwide program today that will certify the quality and reliability of medical marijuana products sold at licensed businesses. Patient Focused Certification (PFC) is the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry based on new quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP).

Dec 122013

Leading Medical, Scientific Experts Discuss New Cannabis Monograph on Google Hangout

Washington, D.C. -- Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting a Google Hangout today at 5:30pm PT (8:30pm ET) with a panel of leading medical and scientific experts to discuss by video the new cannabis monograph from the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), an authoritative compendium of scientific data, including long-awaited standards for the plant's identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties.

Dec 112013

World's Leading Experts Issue Standards on Cannabis, Restore Classification as a Botanical Medicine

Washington, DC -- In an historic move, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph yesterday that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Written and reviewed by the world's leading experts, the Cannabis monograph brings together an authoritative compendium of scientific data, including long-awaited standards for the plant's identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties. The monograph provides a foundation for health care professionals to integrate cannabis therapy into their practices on the basis of a full scientific understanding of the plant, its constituent components, and its biologic effects.