ASA in the News

Advocacy: Americans for Safe Access

Posted by · October 29, 2019 2:55 PM

By Lindsey Getz for CRx Magazine

In the not-so-distant past, the use of medical cannabis was not only socially unacceptable but also thoroughly illegal. In those early days, the need for patient advocacy was vital, and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) was among the most outspoken advocates. The conversation has evolved rapidly in the past decade and beyond, but because there’s a lingering stigma that affects access, ASA continues to be one of the loudest voices speaking out for patients’ rights.

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Hemp CBD scorecard draws controversy

Posted by · October 08, 2019 12:26 PM

By Todd Runestad for New Hope Network

“We cover all aspects of cannabis hemp cultivation and processing. People are like, ‘Who says you are doing it the right way?’ To answer that question, we are getting our ISO-17065 standard. We are doing it the right way.”  - Heather Despres, director of the Patient Focused Certification for Americans for Safe Access

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Calls for regulation of medical cannabis devices following health crisis

Posted by · September 20, 2019 12:18 PM

From Medical Cannabis Network, Health Europa

Industry bodies call for better regulation of medical cannabis devices following the vapourisation health crisis in America.

In a letter to the heads of the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has called for the safe regulation of vapourisation products and cartridges, some of which are used by patients as a medical cannabis device. The National Cannabis Industry have also called for better regulation of illicit products.

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U.S. universities boost cannabis courses, marijuana research

Posted by · September 18, 2019 1:17 PM

By Jean Lotus for UPI

"We're excited that universities are finally taking the steps to teach the medical profession about medical cannabis. Whether it's in the lab or manufacturing, cultivation or at a dispensary, it's so important to understand how to work safely in the cannabis business, especially if you're producing medicine." - Debbie Churgai

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This Missouri Mom Fought Hard For Medical Marijuana. Now She’s Fighting To Pay Its High Price.

Posted by · September 11, 2019 11:49 AM

By Alex Smith for KCUR 89.3

“It is a huge burden on patients,” said Debbie Churgai, interim director of Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana patient advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
A survey conducted by Americans for Safe Access found that nearly a third of patients across the country pay more than $500 a month for cannabis.
For many, the costs are simply too much. Churgai said that, after getting a green card, some patients end up buying marijuana on the black market, where it’s cheaper than in dispensaries. But it doesn’t undergo the careful testing that medical marijuana receives.

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A medical cannabis travel guide has been launched for Americans

Posted by · September 11, 2019 10:21 AM

By Medical Cannabis Network

A new medical cannabis travel guide has been launched for patients who use cannabis in the United States.

The Medical Cannabis Patient’s Guide for US Travel has been launched by medical cannabis campaign group Americans for Safe Access. The guide intends to help travelling patients understand the laws regarding access to cannabis in the states and territories that extend reciprocity to patients from other jurisdictions or permit the adult use of cannabis.

The guide provides patients with a clear sense of how to obtain medical cannabis while travelling outside of their home jurisdictions, as well as containing helpful tips for patients to regarding cannabis and different American states.

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Medical marijuana patients can face problems in other states

Posted by · September 09, 2019 11:33 AM

By Jean Lotus for UPI

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 U.S. states, but for the almost 3 million patients who want to travel outside of their home state, laws elsewhere can be a confusing patchwork of differing rules.

To help clarify those rules, Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana patient advocacy group, has released an interactive safe travel guide for patients who want to acquire medicinal pot in different states across the country.

"The laws change so frequently that it's really important. if you're going to visit another state, to look up what the laws are for that state," said Debbie Churgai, the organization's interim director. For medical marijuana patients, "traveling can be a difficult undertaking," she said.

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Safe Travel Guide for Marijuana Users This Weekend

Posted by · September 03, 2019 10:14 AM

By Thomas Mitchell for Westword

“Most people take for granted the ability to travel across state lines during a long holiday weekend. But for almost 3 million medical cannabis patients across the country, traveling can be a difficult undertaking,” she says. “Many patients rely on their medicine every day, and since traveling across state lines with cannabis is a federal offense, patients need to plan ahead in order to know where they will be able to find medicine safely and legally.”

To help you tokers, jokers and medical patients stay safe during this holiday weekend, ASA created a handy travel guide with helpful tips and legal guidance about cannabis laws around the country. The guide offers tidbits on legal rights, proper pot storage and airline rules for medical marijuana patients and cannabis users — because nobody wants to end up in handcuffs while heading off on a final vacation of the season.

Here are a few highlights from ASA's recommendations:

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