ASA in the News
By Tim Strombel Cashinbis
Last Wednesday the House of Representatives renewed an amendment that blocks federal prosecution of Cannabis operations; provided they are in compliance with state law. This week the Senate has also jumped on the bandwagon, passing the similarly worded Mikulski Medical Cannabis Amendment by a vote of 20-10. This vote marks the first time the Senate has weighed in on medical Cannabis programs at the state level. These amendments, passed within a week of each other, combine to send a very reassuring message to the medical community. Government officials are seeing the positive impact being made by the industry, both financially and medically.
By David Downs San Francisco Gate/Smell the Truth
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved a measure to effectively call off the federal war on medical cannabis, by defunding Department of Justice efforts to harass patients, caregivers, and businesses that are complying with state medical marijuana laws.
By Steven Nelson US News and World Report
The American Medical Association is hardly a pioneering advocate of more liberal marijuana laws, but this week the largest organization representing U.S. doctors asked Congress to grant immunity to physicians who participate in state medical marijuana programs.
Senate Committee Approves Protections For State Medical Marijuana Programs - Americans for Safe Access
By Matt Ferner Huffington Post
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a provision Thursday that would protect medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown in states where the substance is legal.
Senate Panel Votes To Prevent DEA Interference In State Medical Marijuana Laws - Americans for Safe Access
By Steve Elliot Hemp News
In yet another huge victory for marijuana reform, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. The vote was 20 - 10.
By Ngaio Bealum
Your post about Assembly Bill 266 was a little confusing. Can we get an update?
You got it!
By Dennis Romero LA Weekly
California, God bless her, is often a global tastemaker. And in the field of medical marijuana, the Golden State was the first state in America to legalize it.
But that's about all we did.
By David Downs San Francisco Gate
California lawmakers have reached a historic compromise on regulating the world’s largest medical pot economy — paving the way for recreational legalization in 2016.
By Tim Devaney The Hill
Marijuana advocates have their sights set on legalization after lawmakers approved a number of pot-friendly measures Wednesday in a government spending bill.
The marijuana vote-a-rama was capped off by a provision that would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
Congress Passes 3 Amendments To Stop DEA From Undermining State Pot Laws - Americans for Safe Access
By Steve Elliott Hemp News
Legislators on Wednesday passed three amendments to prohibit the DEA and U.S. Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives' consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. A fourth amendment failed. The House also passed an amendment Tuesday night ending the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection program. It also passed three amendments cutting $23 million from the DEA’s budget, and shifted it to fighting child abuse, processing rape test kits, reducing the deficit, and paying for body cameras on police officers to reduce law enforcement abuses.