ASA in the News

NY’s medical marijuana program suffering as state focuses on a recreational market

Posted by · June 08, 2022 2:50 PM

By Brad Racino for New York Cannabis Insider

Americans for Safe Access, a national organization advocating for medical cannabis, scores every state’s medical program in its yearly report. At the end of 2021, it awarded New York a “D” grade after identifying problems with access, affordability, health and social equity, consumer protection and product safety.

In addition, an “overwhelming majority” of patients surveyed for the report agreed that there are not enough dispensaries in New York State.

That lack of access doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.

Arizona’s Marijuana Industry Ranked As C- by ASA

Posted by · May 17, 2022 1:07 PM

By Dan Kingston for

“For 2022, ASA recommends that Arizona’s legislature protects patients’ stake in the existing market by creating a review board staffed by patients and physicians with independent regulatory control over medical cannabis operations in the state. Legislators should also allow telehealth practices for patient certification and renewals; many states made this popular measure permanent after temporarily allowing it as a pandemic safety measure. Finally, the state must take action to allow minors to medicate on school grounds, preferably with assistance from school staff such as a nurse.”

Americans for Safe Access: Continuing the Fight for Patient Access

Posted by · April 28, 2022 4:56 PM

By Cara Wietstock for Ganjapreneur

There are currently 38 states in the US with THC-inclusive medical cannabis programs and only a handful of states where patients have no access to medical cannabis products. But when Steph Sherer founded Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in 2002, only eight states had medical cannabis programs and their primary focus was to provide patients with legal and safe access to cannabis medicine.

With a low medical marijuana score, PA fights to get at-home growing

Posted by · April 20, 2022 12:20 PM

By Brittany Valentine for AL DÍA

In its 2021 State of the States Report, the California-based pro-cannabis advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program received a C+ rating.
Compared with the rest of the nation, Pennsylvania’s score is lower than the average, and scored especially low in categories such as affordability, medicine access, as well as health and social equity.
One of the report’s main recommendations for the state is to allow patients to grow their own cannabis at home.

Medical marijuana patients want to grow their own weed. Will the state let them?

Posted by · April 20, 2022 12:17 PM

By Jordana Rosenfeld for Pittsburgh City Paper

According to patients, caregivers, and their advocates, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program leaves a lot to be desired. The program got a C+ in a recent report by California-based advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, which examined nationwide access to medical weed. Pennsylvania’s score is a full letter grade lower than the national average, and the state scored particularly low in categories such as affordability, access to medicine, and health and social equity. One of the report’s main recommendations? Allow patients to grow weed at home.

Rash of marijuana store robberies highlights need for safeguards

Posted by · April 15, 2022 12:14 PM

By Margaret Jackson for MJBizDaily

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana advocacy group based in Washington DC, advises businesses to “develop and enforce policies for checking all doors and windows before opening and after closing.”
In its recently released “Robbery Preparedness Guide,” the ASA also recommends that employees “check all hatches and vents after closing to make sure no one can enter the building.”

U.S. Senate Unanimously Approves Marijuana Reform Bill On Same Day That House Schedules Legalization Vote

Posted by · March 28, 2022 2:43 PM

By Kyle Jaeger for Marijuana Moment

The proposal has been endorsed by mainstream medical organizations like American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association and American Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as pro-legalization groups such as Americans for Safe Access, Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies and NORML.

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Pennsylvania Ranked on National Medical Cannabis Report Card

Posted by · March 24, 2022 3:09 PM

By Sven Hosford for Natural Awakenings Pittsburgh

According to [Debbie] Churgai, “Pennsylvania did well on patient rights and civil protections, with an 80 out of 100 score, which is pretty good compared to a lot of other states. And program functionality, which is about purchase limits, possession limits, telemedicine, caregiver standards, things like that. They did decently in consumer protection and product safety as well, where they got 148 out of 200. Pennsylvania is doing pretty good and they are making improvements. Every year they do try to improve the program. There are some great legislators who are really focusing on this.”

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San Diego Must Halt its Land-Use Policies Restricting Cannabis Retail in ‘Minority’ Communities

Posted by · March 23, 2022 12:10 PM

By Terrie Best for OB Rag

In this era of social justice most non-profits who advocate for marginalized people began to look for the most vulnerable within the marginalized people they serve.
Illness societies would find their most in need are likely BIPOC and those living in poverty. All nonprofits should try to reach those people within who are less able to gather resources as successfully as others due to barriers of race, language or economics.
Over a decade ago, when the medical cannabis patient advocacy group I volunteer for, San Diego Americans for Safe Access, was pleading for access to medical cannabis and San Diego City and County were struggling to regulate medical cannabis retail outlets, SDASA should have looked at BIPOC and marginalized neighborhoods with much more care.