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Intellectual Property Issues (and Solutions) for Cannabis Companies

Intellectual property assets (patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.) form the foundation of most companies' business plans, and can represent up to 80% of a company's valuation. But businesses in the cannabis industry face special challenges because most intellectual property assets are based in federal law. Find out more about those challenges, and what other types of protections are available instead, at this overview of intellectual property strategies especially for cannabis company founders, inventors and investors.

The Importance of Standardizing Cannabis Products

There needs to be standards, regulations, and traceability. Such responsibility is deeply imprinted in the botanical medicine and herbal product industries; Good Manufacturing Practices (or any GxP) are the same across industry and jurisdictional boundaries. At the state-level there has been a proliferation of policies and laws that relax cannabidiol issues, while operators and producers are voluntarily adopting good practices.

Innovation in Extraction Analytics to Develop Better Products and Save Thousands of Dollars

John A. MacKay earned a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University, and Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in chemistry focused on the synthesis for cancer fighting compounds.  After positions teaching at Davidson College, Lyndon State College and University of Vermont (UVM), John joined Waters Corporation in 1983.  His career has included many roles in innovative product development and currently leads the Strategic Technology team.  He is widely recognized as scientific expert in sub and supercritical fluid for extraction and chromatography in the botanical space.

Cannabis: An Unconventional Solution to Opioid Crisis? Webinar

American is experiencing an Opioid Crisis and looking for solutions. Could medical cannabis help? Dr. Ethan Russo and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) held this live webinar on September 6th, 2017 with the participation of ASA members across the country.

What To Expect When Being Inspected Webinar

This webinar, provided by Patient Focused Certification (PFC), will cover the need for regulatory inspection preparedness in the cannabis industry. And the most common violations that result in fines and potentially the denial or loss of an operating license. Learn about how PFC services help cannabis operations pass regulatory inspections, specifically for phase II licensing in states such as Maryland.

What is PFC? Webinar

This webinar is an introduction to the Patient Focused Certification program and was recorded live on May 3, 2017. It was hosted by Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., Americans for Safe Access Chief Science Officer and Patient Focused Certification Auditor.

What Is Cannabis Care Certification? Webinar

Americans for Safe Access Foundation (ASA) and The Answer Page, Inc. have created the Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) program to help doctors provide the best care for legal medical cannabis patients, and to help patients get the most from their medical cannabis use. CCC has been created by recognized world experts and includes online educational tools for medical professionals, patients, and their caregivers to better understand the role of cannabis therapeutics through a structured learning environment. The CCC program has been designed for individuals as well as for companies and organizations that need to meet state requirements for patient medical cannabis education or CME requirements for physicians.

Dr. Jahan Marcu talks sports and safety on 98 Rock Baltimore

ASA's chief scientist Dr. Jahan Marcu being interviewed by Justin, Scott and Spiegel on 98 Rock Baltimore about sports medicine, Maryland's medical cannabis program, and how to set cannabis standards.

California and Congress Hangout

The future of medical cannabis in California has a lot to do with what happens in Congress this year. Find out what is on the horizon and what you can do about it.

State of the States Report Review

Join us February 4, 2016 at 6:00pm ET with ASA's Executive Director Steph Sherer, Mike Liszewski ASA's government affairs director and with medical cannabis patients from across the country as we discuss and answer questions about ASA's latest report, “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws”.

California Legislature Wrap Up 2015

Find out which bills made it through the state legislature, which ones may be back next year, and what the Governor is likely to do now. ASA California Director, Don Duncan talked about the bills and why they matter for patients, providers, and other medical cannabis stakeholders.

TTAMC- Regulations in California

Efforts to license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in California have more momentum than ever before. After years of delay, the Legislature is on track to adopt bills that and both good and bad for patients. ASA California Director Don Duncan discussed what's fueling this new enthusiasm and what the likely outcomes would be.

Sanjay Gupta WEED 3 Response

ASA hosted a Google Hangout on April 20th at 7 PM in response to Dr. Sanjay Gupta's WEED 3 documentary. The discussion featured: Steph Sherer, founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, Dr. Sue Sisley, renown medical cannabis researcher and participant in WEED 3, Matthew Kahl, a combat veteran and Horticulture Director of Operation Grow 4 Vets, and Jahan Marcu PhD, ASA's Senior Science Advisor.

Sanjay Gupta WEED 2 Response

ASA hosted a Google Hangout, March 12th at 8pm EDT, featuring AHP director Roy Upton, ASA scientific advisory board member Dr. Jahan Marcu and others. This newly compiled scientific information on epilepsy and medical marijuana comes as CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired a follow-up documentary to last year's "Weed," both of which feature children whose parents use cannabis to help treat rare and sever forms of epilepsy unresponsive to medication.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Response

Americans for Safe Access hosted a LIVE Google Hangout Sunday after Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN Documentary "WEED" aired. We discussed issues raised in Sanjay Gupta's documentary and more. Dr. Alan Shakelford, Matt and Paige Figi ( from the CNN documentary), as well as Dr. Sunil Aggarwal and Huffington Post DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim where a few of the guests on the hangout. 

Marijuana as a Botantical Medicine

Watch our live Google Hangout to hear from a panel of experts including AHP Executive Director Roy Upton, RH, Dayu; Professor Lyle Craker, PhD, of University of Massachusetts Amherst; and Dr. Michelle Sexton, ND, and Dr. Jahan Marcu, PhD, of the Americans for Safe Access Multidisciplinary Scientific Advisory Board on the significance of the Cannabis monograph and the new PFC certification program.

Reaction to Leahy Hearing on Marijuana

Less than two weeks after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum on how it intends to enforce marijuana laws in states that have legalized its use, the Senate Judiciary Committee held unprecedented hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 focusing in part on the details of that enforcement plan. Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) hosted a Google Hangout following the hearings on Tuesday to discuss the reaction to the testimony.