ASA in the News

One of Texas' two medical cannabis suppliers puts San Antonio on 'short list' for dispensary

Posted by · March 23, 2022 10:41 AM

By Sanford Nowlin for the San Antonio Current

Earlier this year, Texas was one of 13 U.S. states and territories to land a failing grade on national medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access' 2021 report card. Chief among the state's demerits were restrictive rules that had so far limited it to just two retailers, both located in Austin.
"State legislators should address this critical lack of access," the report noted. "For a state as large as Texas, two retailers in a single city won’t cover it, even with the registry as small as it is."

Beto O'Rourke says the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature would back his plan to legalize weed

Posted by · March 15, 2022 5:04 PM

By Sanford Nowlin for the San Antonio Current

While Texas lawmakers did approve an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program during the previous session, the rules remain among the most restrictive in the nation. Earlier this year, advocacy group Americans for Safe Access slapped a failing grade on Texas' program, saying it was neither accessible nor practical.

Which States Are Making Progress With Medical Cannabis?

Posted by · March 10, 2022 2:21 PM

By Nicolás José Rodriguez for GreenEntrepreneur

“With a decline in legislative improvements in state medical cannabis programs, millions of patients are left with limited or no access,” said Debbie Churgai, ASA's executive director. “It is ASA’s hope that the report will inspire a renewed commitment to patients by policymakers to improve state laws and end the federal prohibition once and for all."

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California Cannabis Department Proposes New Regulatory Changes

Posted by · March 10, 2022 2:17 PM

By Nicole Potter

As for overall performance of California’s cannabis industry, the Americans for Safe Access annual “State of the States” review rated California as a “C+.” With high marks in “Consumer Protection and Product Safety” (154/200) and “Program Functionality” (85/100) and lower marks in “Affordability” (40/100), ranking it average among states in the country.

Pot Attys Say Cannabis Products Deserve A Shot At TMs

Posted by · March 07, 2022 10:38 AM

By Sam Reisman for Law360

The International Cannabis Bar Association and medical cannabis reform advocacy group Americans For Safe Access have urged the Federal Circuit to reverse a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision finding that a CBD-infused tea could not register its trademark.

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Vermont Medical Cannabis Program Rated “D” in Americans for Safe Access 2021 Report

Posted by · March 07, 2022 10:38 AM

From Heady Vermont

Each year, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s largest nonprofit that represents medical cannabis patients, doctors, and researchers, prepares a report that assesses legislative and regulatory improvements in medical cannabis programs across the country.
This comprehensive report provides a detailed analysis of the state of medical cannabis programs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories on an ‘A’ to ‘F’ scale.
The state of Vermont’s medical cannabis program was rated a “D” in the ASA report.

Grading Every State's Marijuana Program - Did Your State Do Well on Its Cannabis Report Card This Year?

Posted by · March 07, 2022 10:33 AM

By Dana Smith for Cannabis.net

“With a decline in legislative improvements in state medical cannabis programs, millions of patients are left with limited or no access,” explained ASA Executive Director, Debbie Churgai. “It is ASA’s hope that the report will inspire a renewed commitment to patients by policymakers to improve state laws and end the federal prohibition once and for all.”