ASA in the News

Lacking Patient Protection, Colorado Earns "B" Average in Medical Marijuana

Posted by · September 18, 2020 1:37 PM

By Clara Geoghegan for Westword

Colorado's medical marijuana system still has room to improve, according to a report from a national cannabis advocacy group.

Americans for Safe Access annually grades every state's medical marijuana program on an "A" to "F" scale. Although Colorado continues to score low on patient rights and protections, the state still earned a "B-" thanks to high marks for patient access and functionality.

The ASA report cards, which began in 2015, assign scores to state policies on patient rights and civil protections, access to medicine, ease of navigation for application and renewal processes, medical marijuana functionality and consumer safety requirements, while a new section graded both medical marijuana accessibility and telemedicine options during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the ASA is a tough grader.

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Justices Urged To Weigh Ex-NFL Player's Pot Legalization Bid

Posted by · September 10, 2020 1:38 PM

By Jack Queen for Law360

Law360 (September 8, 2020, 9:08 PM EDT) -- A trio of drug reform groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a former NFL player's bid to decriminalize marijuana, saying a federal appeals court wrongly swept the lawsuit to a doomed administrative process within the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In an amicus brief Friday, Americans for Safe Access said the Second Circuit upended the principle that only courts can interpret constitutional claims by ruling that a group of patients challenging cannabis' status as a Schedule I controlled substance must first petition the DEA for rescheduling.

The group argued this "radical new approach" would relegate the patients, led by Super Bowl champion Marvin Washington, to a "long, frustrating, ill-fated and futile process."

"One rescheduling petition for cannabis took 22 years to resolve, with the petitioners bouncing back and forth between agency and judicial fora," it said. "Petitioners here risk the same fate of agency dilatoriness."

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Medical Patients Will Benefit from Montana’s ‘Untethering’ of Program, According to Dispensary Managers, Advocacy Groups

Posted by · June 12, 2020 2:50 PM

By Melissa Schiller and Patrick Williams for the Cannabis Business Times

“Americans for Safe Access applauds the new untethering law. Having access to multiple dispensaries means more access for patients traveling within the state and more options in terms of products. The quality and price points of cannabis products can vary from dispensary to dispensary, so this new law will allow patients to shop around for the best prices and the best selection of products.” - Debbie Churgai

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Cannabis World to DEA: Stop Delaying MED Research

Posted by · June 02, 2020 12:40 PM

By Hilary Corrigan for WeedWeek

Cannabis nonprofit Americans for Safe Access called for creating a new agency—the Office of Medical Cannabis Control—to oversee research program requirements and to set standards. This would potentially allow state-licensed cultivators to provide researchers with high quality cannabis. Unlike DEA, Safe Access noted, the proposed agency would have no history of prosecuting the activities DEA seeks to oversee.

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'Illegal To Essential': How The Coronavirus Is Boosting The Legal Cannabis Industry

Posted by · April 20, 2020 2:47 PM

By Brakkton Booker for National Public Radio

Cannabis advocates argue that marijuana — which some people take for seizures, pain and nausea — is unlike virtually any other therapeutic. And access to it, whether prescribed by a doctor or not, depends largely on where you live.

"This epidemic and the way the cannabis businesses are being run really highlights the need for federal oversight," said Debbie Churgai of Americans for Safe Access, which advocates for broader access to medical marijuana for therapy and research. "Every state is doing it a different way."

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Cannabis Advocates Call On Governors to Protect Patients During Coronavirus

Posted by · March 19, 2020 11:22 AM

By Graham Abbott for Ganjapreneur

In a letter addressed to governors and medical cannabis program directors throughout the country, Americans for Safe Access has called on officials to protect cannabis patients during the alarming spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

The letter argues that special actions should be taken to protect cannabis patients, “who represent some of the states’ most vulnerable citizens.”

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San Francisco Pot Shops Deemed Essential Businesses, Reopen Amid Outbreak

Posted by · March 19, 2020 11:14 AM

By A.J. Herrington for High Times

“In light of the current state of COVID-19 and the CDC’s actions, Americans for Safe Access has been monitoring the situation to make sure that medical cannabis patients are not forgotten. We want to ensure that dispensaries are seen as essential businesses that will remain open for patients. We applaud states that have already put emergency precautions into action.” - Steph Sherer

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