ASA in the News

Are Cannabis Retailers Weaponizing Drug Prevention to Prevent Equity?

Posted by · February 21, 2022 11:19 AM

By Terrie Best for the OB Rag

The San Diego chapter of Americans for Safe Access (SDASA), the nation’s largest cannabis patient advocacy group, has been working to advance access to medical cannabis since 2002. We are not surprised at the length drug and alcohol prevention contractors will go to keep medical cannabis over-regulated. One of their strategies is to push policy making it nearly impossible to enter the industry.

Five cannabis shop robberies in a week prompt calls for banking solutions

Posted by · February 18, 2022 5:26 PM

By Sam Riches for The London Free Press

In December, cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) released a Robbery Preparedness Guide “to aid businesses in developing plans to stay safe during robberies.”
“Recently, we have received several notifications about robberies at cannabis businesses across the country. In the last 2 months, the San Francisco Bay area alone has had more than 25 shops broken into and more than $5 million in cannabis stolen. We know this is an issue nation-wide, and we want to do our part to help ensure that all dispensaries remain secure, their staff and patients feel SAFE, and that products continue to be available to patients,” ASA wrote in a Facebook post sharing the guide.

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Hemp Could Have More THC Under New Congressional Bill That Aims To Fix Regulatory Issues For Expanding Industry

Posted by · February 09, 2022 10:26 AM

By Kyle Jaeger for Marijuana Moment

A new congressional bill seeks to build upon the federal legalization of hemp by providing cannabis businesses with additional flexibility that’s been sought after by industry stakeholders, as well as remove a controversial ban on market participation by people with prior drug convictions... The bill is being backed by more than a dozen major hemp and cannabis groups, including the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, Americans for Safe Access and Hemp Industries Association.

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The legalization of cannabis is up for debate in Congress

Posted by · February 04, 2022 11:35 AM

By TheHealthReporter for TheHealthGuild

Consumer advocacy groups pushed the language further to protect cannabis users, especially medical patients. Americans For Safe Access called on lawmakers to address barriers to housing assistance for drug users, as well as increased medical cannabis education for federal officials.

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California hospitals now may allow cannabis for the dying, but health care providers worry about federal blowback

Posted by · January 13, 2022 12:12 PM

By Susan Wood for The North Bay Business Journal

Americans for Safe Access, which lobbies for favorable policies toward cannabis, is committed to the law being implemented in California and has drafted support policies to help health care facilities navigate these choppy waters.
“They can’t allow Schedule 1 to stop them from implementing (this law),” Safe Access founder Steph Sherer said, further insisting “there are protocols on qualifying patients.”
What happens if patients are denied access?
To that, Sherer didn’t rule out the legal means of getting the law implemented, based on claims of winning other lawsuits against high-profile agencies.
“But we don’t like suing to implement law,” she said.

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MarinHealth hospital vague on plan for cannabis law

Posted by · January 03, 2022 12:53 PM

By Richard Halstead for the Marin Independent Journal

Americans for Safe Access said it alerted all health care centers in California that SB 311 will go into effect on Saturday. It provided tools for facilities to implement the law.

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