ASA in the News

Affordable Cannabis Flower Brands Find Enthusiastic Market

Posted by · September 09, 2021 12:24 PM

By Ross Gardiner for mg Magazine

Cannabis was prohibitively expensive for many consumers even before the pandemic upended the market. “I would say affordability is the number-one barrier to access,” Debbie Churgai, executive director at Americans for Safe Access, told NBC. In 2018, the Washington D.C.-based organization that advocates for safe, legal access to weed conducted a patient survey that revealed 25 percent of the 525 respondents said they often go without plant medicine because they cannot afford it in their state.

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'Ridiculous' price of medical marijuana leaves patients scrambling

Posted by · July 19, 2021 9:59 AM

By Merritt Enright, Nigel Chiwaya and Robin Muccari for NBC News

In a 2018 survey by Americans for Safe Access, more than 25 percent of the 525 respondents said they often go without treatment because they cannot afford medical marijuana in their states. The respondents’ average cost per month ranged from $50 to $1,500.
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Woman who used medical cannabis while pregnant appeals child neglect charge

Posted by · July 16, 2021 6:22 PM

By Emma Spears for the Regina Leader-Post

Under the supervision of her physician, the Arizona woman used cannabis to treat symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum, a first-trimester illness that can cause severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weight loss and dehydration in pregnant women.

An Arizona woman who was found guilty of child neglect for consuming cannabis while pregnant is gaining national support after launching an appeal to fight the charges, according to Phoenix New Times.

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Can I smoke weed legally at the shore?

Posted by · June 30, 2021 11:49 AM

By Nick Vadala for the Philadelphia Inquirer

For patients who need to treat their condition with marijuana coming in from out of state, that creates something of a catch-22, [Dustin] McDonald says. Do you break federal law and put yourself at risk by bring cannabis with you, or buy illegally where there are no quality control requirements? It’s not an easy answer right now — but at least in New Jersey, the latter likely won’t result in charges against you.

“You’re choosing the lowest punishment,” he says. “And hopefully, it is monetary and doesn’t leave something on your record.”

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Weed trucks are rolling across America, but how legit are they?

Posted by · June 23, 2021 12:30 PM

By Elissa Esher for GreenState

“When a product is not manufactured in a sanitary facility, the product runs the risk of containing potentially harmful amounts of contaminants or being able to support the rapid growth of microbiological contaminants once packaged. Foods that are meant to be refrigerated but aren’t are an example of products like these.” - Heather Despres, Director, PFC

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Americans for Safe Access Accredited to ISO 17065

Posted by · April 27, 2021 11:09 AM

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 the cannabis market.

ASA is a member-based organization founded in 2002 that seeks to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for medical purposes and research. Back in 2016, A2LA and ASA partnered on a collaboration to develop the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program.

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Will vets convince Biden administration cannabis is better than opioids?

Posted by · April 06, 2021 11:05 AM

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 is legal.

A number of veterans have said that THC is a preferred alternative to opioids to treat pain, or to help them cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD.

“Countless veterans suffer from severe post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other major issues resulting from their service to our country,” said Debbie Churgai, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, the advocacy group leading the effort.

“These heroes should not be faced with another battle at home when trying to obtain medical cannabis, a medicine that is safer and less addictive than the more commonly prescribed opioids for their symptom relief.”

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