ASA in the News

Jun 132015

SENATE AND HOUSE AGREE FOR FIRST TIME ON CANNABIS LEGISLATION - Americans for Safe Access

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.

Jun 122015

Senate committee votes to call off war on medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

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.

Jun 122015

Protect Pot Doctors, AMA Tells Congress - Americans for Safe Access

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.

Jun 122015

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.

Jun 112015

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. 

Jun 102015

Smoking out the Legislature - Americans for Safe Access

News Review

By Ngaio Bealum

Your post about Assembly Bill 266 was a little confusing. Can we get an update?

—Brad

You got it! 

Jun 052015

LAW WOULD CREATE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF MARIJUANA REGULATION (REALLY) - Americans for Safe Access

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.

Jun 052015

Historic California medical cannabis regulations advance - Americans for Safe Access

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.

Jun 042015

'Marijuana vote-a-rama' has pot advocates optimistic - Americans for Safe Access

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.

Jun 042015

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.