Michigan woman denied chronic pain medication due to cannabis use

| May 21, 2021 |

By Larry Gabriel for the Detroit Metro Times "Unfortunately, your doctor can fire you and deny your medicine. Unfortunately, it's a policy that's prevalent, and it affects a lot of people." - Brandy Zink, chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of Americans...

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Americans for Safe Access Accredited to ISO 17065

| April 27, 2021 |

By Cannabis Industry Journal Staff for Cannabis Industry Journal Late last week, the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) granted ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation to Americans for Safe Access (ASA). This is the first accreditation ever issued to a product certification body in...

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Schatz Revives Bill That Would Give Military Veterans Access To Medical Marijuana

| April 19, 2021 |

By Kevin Knodell for the Honolulu Civil Beat The bill has the backing of several veteran and drug policy organizations, including the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, VoteVets, Minority Veterans of America, U.S. Pain Foundation, Drug Policy Alliance, Americans...

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Will vets convince Biden administration cannabis is better than opioids?

| April 06, 2021 |

By Jonathan D. Salant for NJ Cannabis Insider Efforts by cannabis advocates are underway in Washington to try to convince the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to allow physicians at VA hospitals to recommend cannabis in states where the drug...

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Five state medical marijuana markets that could get a boost through reforms in 2021

| January 28, 2021 |

By Jeff Smith for Marijuana Business Daily Dustin McDonald, interim policy director for DC-based Americans for Safe Access, which works to ensure safe and legal access to medical cannabis, said that much of the group’s work is to urge the...

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Is it Safe to be Near Someone Vaping? What Fog Machines Taught Us About Secondhand Vape Exposure

| January 25, 2021 |

By Elissa Esher for GreenState “There are states, particularly Colorado, that are going to begin requiring testing on vape pen vapors, looking specifically at heavy metals content. California also requires vape pen testing for Vitamin E acetate. My hope is...

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Why You Can’t Smoke Cannabis in Public (Even in States Where Marijuana is Legal)

| January 14, 2021 |

By Elissa Esher for GreenState “Currently, in states where medical or recreational marijuana is legal, many apartment complexes make residents sign agreements saying they will not consume it. That means medical cannabis patients do not have access to areas where they...

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“Archaic” Cannabis Scheduling Dumped By U.N.

| December 08, 2020 |

By Terry Lassitenaz for Hemp Gazette “The UN decision today gives us strength and hope,” said ASA last week. “ASA will continue our fight for access until all patients in the US and across the globe have access to this incredible medicine.”...

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Flush With Money and Ballot Victories, Cannabis Lobbyists Call For Unified Effort

| November 16, 2020 |

By Andrew Ward for Benzinga Drug policy advocacy groups face more of a challenge, according to MPP's Lindsey. MPP receives its funding from individual donors and cannabis brands.The director said that reform efforts are victims of their success, where funding can...

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Ways ForwardGro Builds Strength From Adversity in Cannabis Market

| November 10, 2020 |

By Janeen Wright for Greenhouse Grower It is also certified for cultivation under the Americans for Safe Access’ (ASA) Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program. PFC is a non-profit, third-party certification program for the medical cannabis industry that helps patients and...

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