ASA in the News
In New York, a bill to get public health plans to cover medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access
By Bethany Bump for the Times Union
"Access to medical marijuana should not be limited to those who can pay out of pocket," the bill memo says.
There are currently 77,619 patients certified to participate in New York's medical marijuana program, according to the program's website.
New York earned low scores for its medical marijuana program, especially on access and functionality, from Americans for Safe Access, a medical cannabis advocacy organization that grades states based on the ability of patients to access the medicine, among other things.
Ricki Lake on “Weed the People”: “It’s not about getting high, it’s about children dying of cancer” - Americans for Safe Access
By Gary M. Kramer for Salon
We met with cannabis makers, dispensaries, and through doing the film we went to ASA, the Americans for Safe Access Conference, in DC, and we met Dr. Donald Abrams and Dr. Sunil Aggarwal. We had great luck with these amazing people who are so knowledgeable about the plant. They’d lead us to others. - Ricki Lake
By Marcus Dash for Local DVM
"We've partnered up with Americans for safe access to help provide more information and documentation to our patients and we are really focused on becoming a positive impact for the community." - Sean Scranton, Maryland Health and Wellness Center
By A.J. Herrington for the Candid Chronicle
Terrie Best, the current Chair of the San Diego chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), organized the Bonnie Bash. ASA is a national organization working to ensure access to safe and legal medicinal marijuana. The group has a reputation for creative protest and demonstrations that approach the level of street art.
By Johnny Green for Weed News
Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched its Vote Medical Marijuana voter guide. The campaign features an interactive online voter’s guide that grades members of Congress on their votes and sponsored bills on the issue of medical cannabis legislation.
By Emma Ockerman for Vice News
“From a civil rights perspective, you’re denying a whole class of people housing that have already been denied other aspects of living their life to the fullest potential because of the federal prohibition on cannabis.” - David Mangone
BREAKING: Lawmakers introduce bill renewing push to legalize medical marijuana for military veterans - Americans for Safe Access
By Rick Schettino for PotNetwork
“The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act provides a much-needed system for providing medical cannabis to America's heroes. Countless veterans have shared stories with our organization about how medical cannabis has helped them or a fellow soldier deal with the injuries of war like PTSD or chronic pain.” - David Mangone
By Jon Perez for The Saipan Tribune
U.S. pro-marijuana organizations like the Americans for Safe Access, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Marijuana Policy Project, and Americans for Safe Access endorsed H.B. 20-178. These groups are working to reform the nation’s marijuana laws.
H.B. 20-178 would allow safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic and medical purposes, while prohibiting and discouraging possession and sale to minors. It is projected to generate a new revenue stream that will provide funding for drug treatment and prevention programs, school programs, the NMI Retirement Fund, and the general fund.
One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana businesses forced to stop processing pot - Americans for Safe Access
By Elizabeth Koh for the Tampa Bay Times
"Surterra will comply with all of the regulations set forth by the Department of Health in order to ensure that Floridians continue to receive the safest, most naturally derived treatments to enable health and well-being, as recommended by a doctor," said company spokeswoman Kim Hawkes in a statement. "We are going above and beyond simply ensuring good manufacturing practices and are pursuing American's For Safe Access' [ASA] Patient Focused Certification Program, which is a standard that is superior to what is currently required by Florida statute."
Oklahoma Legalized Medical Marijuana, to the Likely Dismay of Scott Pruitt - Americans for Safe Access
By Thomas Mitchell for Westword
"Question 788 is a tremendous victory for patients and for access to medical cannabis. We hope we can replicate this success in Utah and Missouri this November when those states will vote on improving their medical cannabis programs,"- David Mangone