ASA in the News

Five state medical marijuana markets that could get a boost through reforms in 2021

Posted by · January 28, 2021 12:51 PM

By Jeff Smith for Marijuana Business Daily

Dustin McDonald, interim policy director for DC-based Americans for Safe Access, which works to ensure safe and legal access to medical cannabis, said that much of the group’s work is to urge the nearly 30 states that deemed marijuana businesses “essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic to commit to making those changes permanent.

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Is it Safe to be Near Someone Vaping? What Fog Machines Taught Us About Secondhand Vape Exposure

Posted by · January 25, 2021 11:42 AM

By Elissa Esher for GreenState

“There are states, particularly Colorado, that are going to begin requiring testing on vape pen vapors, looking specifically at heavy metals content. California also requires vape pen testing for Vitamin E acetate. My hope is that we will see a lot more testing and regulation of these products in the future.” - Heather Despres, PFC Program Director

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Why You Can’t Smoke Cannabis in Public (Even in States Where Marijuana is Legal)

Posted by · January 14, 2021 12:49 PM

By Elissa Esher for GreenState

“Currently, in states where medical or recreational marijuana is legal, many apartment complexes make residents sign agreements saying they will not consume it. That means medical cannabis patients do not have access to areas where they can consume their medication.” - Heather Desperes, PFC Program Director


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“Archaic” Cannabis Scheduling Dumped By U.N.

Posted by · December 08, 2020 10:47 AM

By Terry Lassitenaz for Hemp Gazette

“The UN decision today gives us strength and hope,” said ASA last week. “ASA will continue our fight for access until all patients in the US and across the globe have access to this incredible medicine.”

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Flush With Money and Ballot Victories, Cannabis Lobbyists Call For Unified Effort

Posted by · November 16, 2020 11:57 AM

By Andrew Ward for Benzinga

Drug policy advocacy groups face more of a challenge, according to MPP's Lindsey. MPP receives its funding from individual donors and cannabis brands.
The director said that reform efforts are victims of their success, where funding can dry up as the public assumes the fight is mostly over. A state ballot initiative costs millions of dollars and is a standard part of the process.
Contributions largely support ballot efforts, as well as lobbying and staff payroll.
Lindsey said the work continues after a law passes.
"If we 'legalize' but still put more or less the same people in jail for cannabis-related activity, we haven't really achieved our goal of ending prohibition," Lindsey said.

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Ways ForwardGro Builds Strength From Adversity in Cannabis Market

Posted by · November 10, 2020 11:29 AM

By Janeen Wright for Greenhouse Grower

It is also certified for cultivation under the Americans for Safe Access’ (ASA) Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program. PFC is a non-profit, third-party certification program for the medical cannabis industry that helps patients and healthcare providers identify reliable, high-quality medical cannabis, businesses, products, and services.

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Joe Biden Elected President of The United States

Posted by · November 10, 2020 11:25 AM

By A.J. Herrington for High Times

"Medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) released a statement on Saturday expressing support for the president-elect’s evolving view on reforming the nation’s marijuana laws."

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Disabled Army vet in Madera needs medical marijuana for pain, but cannot easily get it

Posted by · November 09, 2020 1:06 PM

By John Camarena for The Fresno Bee

As a fully disabled Army veteran, managing my pain is always a challenge. After being medically discharged in 2013 due to a spinal and traumatic brain injury, I’ve experienced three spinal surgeries, three knee surgeries, and countless physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions. Yet my hometown of Madera, where I live with my wife and three young children, has chosen to stop access to the medicine that helps me most: cannabis.

On Nov. 16, Fresno Superior Court will be hearing the case, County of Santa Cruz et al. v. Bureau of Cannabis Control et al. Everyone with medical conditions should follow it, because today it’s me, but tomorrow it could be you.

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Cannabis stock news and notes: With a little help from my friends

Posted by · October 26, 2020 10:55 AM

By B.A. Dorfman for PotNetwork

In the pricey new world of craft and corporate cannabis, one organization is working to ensure that every American has access to medicinal marijuana. Americans for Safe Access announced on Friday a new partnership with Leaf411. The latter is a nonprofit group who works to provide education and “directional support” to the public regarding legal cannabis and how to use it safely. Together, both organizations are now working on what is being dubbed Leaf411’s Affordability program. Low-income medical cannabis patients needing financial support or other help obtaining their medicine will now be able to do so without issue.

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Oregon’s Rep. Blumenauer Calls For Supreme Court To Review Historic Cannabis Lawsuit

Posted by · October 07, 2020 10:12 AM

By Lindsey Bartlett for Forbes

The federal illegality of cannabis is unconstitutional, according to this historic lawsuit.

Washington v. Barr is the first court case of its kind against the federal government on behalf of cannabis medical patients. The case, which was first argued in a Second Circuit court in August of 2018, challenges the inclusion of marijuana as a Schedule I substance on the federal Controlled Substances Act.

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