Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Feb 072018

Harwell Plans to Back Faison’s Medical Marijuana Legislation - Americans for Safe Access

By Sam Stockard for the Memphis Daily News

David Hairston, of [Safe Access Tennessee], said a number of mothers on his board of directors also have epileptic children and face the same situation.

“We do have some very limited access if you have the diagnosis of epilepsy. But there are still restraints on the amount of THC, that as a child grows further into maturity, particularly into their teenage years, that are not adequate to serve the needs of these babies,” Hairston said.

He points out Tennessee has 5,000 children and 70,000 adults stricken with epilepsy, 300,000 cancer victims, 100,000 people with Alzheimer’s and 100,000 with ALS.

“These are just desperately debilitating diseases, and we’re just looking for some relief,” Hairston said.

Feb 072018

Cannabis legalization revives nearly defunct California pot ID Card - Americans for Safe Access

By Julie Johnson for The Press Democrat

The backlog of appointments is troubling for people with medical conditions who rely on marijuana because they are the least likely to be able to afford the new slew of state and local taxes associated with new regulations, said Sarah Shrader, chair of the Sonoma County chapter of Americans for Safe Access.

“That means that patients cannot afford their medicine anymore, and they’re looking for any discount they can get,” Shrader said.

Feb 062018

ASA Activist Newsletter - February 2018

In the February 2018 Issue:

  • Federal Budget Impasse Again Imperils Patient Protections
  • DOJ Action Spurs New Support for Legislation in Congress
  • VA Rejects Congressional Pressure on Cannabis Studies
  • Virginia Advocates Help Pave Way to Historic Bill
  • ASA Training and Education Programs Range from Raid Prep to CME
  • Registration Opens for 2018 National Unity Conference
  • Remembering Dennis Peron
  • ASA Activist Profile: Scott Roberts, Sacramento, California
  • ACTION ALERT: Protect Medical Cannabis Patients!
Feb 052018

Virginia Paves Road for Medical Marijuana in Conservative States - Americans for Safe Access

Bill Allowing All Physicians to Recommend Cannabis Oils Passes House and Senate

Richmond VA — Today, the Virginia General Assembly Senate passed SB726 by a vote of 40 to 0. Last week, the companion bill passed the House of Delegates unanimously by a vote of 98-0. The bill will allow physicians to recommend cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-A) oils to any patients for whom they feel the oils could help their conditions. Last year, the General Assembly passed legislation permitting the cultivation and manufacturing of cannabis oils for up to five processors in the state, but the only condition permitted was intractable epilepsy.  

Feb 042018

Virginia moves closer to legalizing a form of medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

“I’m not giving up until everybody has what they need,” - Beth Collins

Jan 302018

Honoring Dennis Peron - Americans for Safe Access

mmj_-_dennis_peron.jpgThe medical cannabis community is mourning the death of medical cannabis pioneer Dennis Peron, who died on Saturday at the age of seventy-two. Dennis was the founder of the legendary San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club in San Francisco and a crusader for the right to safe access to medical cannabis in California.

Called the “Father of Medical Marijuana,” he inspired the grassroots movement that adopted Proposition 215 legalizing medical cannabis in California in 1996.

Jan 302018

Valley delegate introduces bill expanding the uses of medical cannabis oil - Americans for Safe Access

By Marina Barnett for WHSV3

Beth Collins, who is a Senior Director of Government Relations and External Affairs at Americans for Safe Access, said cannabis oil was the last option for her daughter, who suffers from epilepsy. She wants this bill to help other patients who are struggling with symptoms to get the help they need as well. The new bill lets doctors make that decision, instead of lawmakers.

"We just don't think that's a good approach for anybody, or fair, so we wanted to let doctors decide and Senator Dunnavant agreed to submit the bill," said Collins.

Jan 222018

Week of January 22, 2018 - Americans for Safe Access

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Jan 192018

Changing political climate threatens US cannabis research - Americans for Safe Access

By Rebecca Trager for Chemistry World

‘For a lot of people who are in the medical cannabis space, this is one of their biggest fears about Sessions – that he would rescind the non-interference cannabis policies of Obama,’ - Jahan Marcu

Jan 162018

New Memo from Congressional Research Service - Americans for Safe Access

Congressional_Research_Service.svg.pngThe Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a memorandum analyzing the Justice Department’s Decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on federal cannabis policy including the Cole Memo, the Ogden Memos,  the Wilkinson memo on cannabis on tribal lands and the FinCen guidance which created policies for financial institutions interacting with cannabis businesses. CRS is a non-partisan office in the Library of Congress that provides legislative advice and analysis to both parties in a neutral way.