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Mar 222018

House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment - Americans for Safe Access

Media Advisory for: March 22, 2018
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House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will Protect Patients from AG Sessions until September

Washington, D.C. — Today, after months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill is a massive combination of funding outlays and policy. Due to the hard work of advocates the bill includes the text of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment.

Mar 222018

House Budget include Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment!: Vote expected today! - Americans for Safe Access

After months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has finally unveiled its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill would fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill is a massive combination of funding outlays and policy. Due to the hard work of advocates like you, the bill includes the text of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment!

Mar 202018

U.S. Medical Marijuana States Report Card Published - Americans for Safe Access

By Gillian Jalimnson for Hemp Gazette

46 U.S. states and three territories now have medical cannabis laws – and they vary greatly. In what must have been a monumental effort, Americans for Safe Access recently graded them all on a 500-point scale.

The states and territories were graded on five general categories, each worth 100 points:

  • Patient Rights and Civil Protection
  • Access to Medicine
  • Ease of Navigation
  • Functionality
  • Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements


Criteria for scoring was based on a series of more than 100 public meetings across the U.S. as well as surveys of ASA’s 100,000+ members.

Mar 192018

The Grades Are In: Best And Worst States For Marijuana Patients - Americans for Safe Access

By Terry Hacienda for The Fresh Toast

Seven states receive a B+ and 16 states (mostly from the South) flunk.

In a comprehensive, 187-page report on the status of access for medical marijuana patients in the US, seven states received a grade of B+, the highest score given this year.

California, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Oregon were recognized as the best states for patients. Californi, Michigan and Illinois were repeat winners from last year.

The report, “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States,” was released by Americans For Safe Access, a 15-year-old organization whose mission is to “ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.”

Mar 162018

Patient-focused report graded medical marijuana programs. No states received an A. - Americans for Safe Access

By Bruce Kennedy for The Cannabist

Americans for Safe Access issues its annual state-by-state grades on medical cannabis laws and also calls on states to help combat the growing opioid crisis

None of the state medical marijuana laws adopted thus far in the U.S. can be considered ideal from a patient’s standpoint, and because of their patchwork nature, those laws do not function equitably and are often poorly designed, according to a new report by Americans for Safe Access.

The advocacy group’s new 2018 annual report, “Marijuana Access in the United States, A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” evaluates every state with any medical marijuana laws on a 500-point scale.

Of the 46 states and three U.S. territories with some form of a medical marijuana program — covering about 95 percent of the country’s population — none received an “A” rating.

Mar 142018

Sweet Releaf: The Latest Cannabis App Is Changing How Patients Receive Their Plant Knowledge - Americans for Safe Access

By Kelly Johnson for Big Buds

It’s amazing what can happen in just two years. The recent partnership announced between the cannabis app Releaf and the nonprofit Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is proof that patience, and dedication to the consumer, is a virtue in the green space.

“Americans for Safe Access has been an important champion for cannabis patients since 2002. [Releaf is] very excited to work with such a well-respected organization, and we’re honored that they recognize our sincere passion for empowering patients,” says Franco Brockelman, CEO and founder of Releaf.

The joint venture between the Washington, D.C.-based app and the longtime cannabis patient nonprofit organization will improve how users and dispensaries share cannabis knowledge, as well as the quality of medical data for researchers across America.

Mar 132018

Advocates Descend Upon Annual Meeting of the CND in Vienna - Americans for Safe Access

This week the United Nations (UN) Committee on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has their annual meetings in Vienna. The CND is responsible for implementing international drug control treaties as well as the scheduling of drugs. The CND makes decisions about scheduling new substances as well as changing the scheduling. The CND base these decisions on recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO makes their recommendations on the scheduling of drugs only after the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) prepares a critical review document.

Today’s agenda for the CND delegation includes the “Implementation of the international drug control treaties,” where they will discuss “changes in the scope of controlled substances” and “international cooperation to ensure the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical and scientific purposes while preventing their diversion.”

Mar 052018

Week of March 5 - Americans for Safe Access

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Mar 042018

ASA Activist Newsletter - March 2018 - Americans for Safe Access

In the March 2018 Issue:

  • ASA’s Annual States Report Finds Improvements
  • DEA Removes More Misinformation from Website
  • CBD Businesses Targeted in Tennessee, Charges Dropped
  • ASA Partnering with Releaf App to Enhance Patient Services
  • ASA Patient Education Course at Cannabis Learn Conference & Expo
  • Tourette Association Symposium on Medical Cannabis Features ASA
  • Scholarships Available for 2018 National Unity Conference
  • Activist Profile: Ellen Lenox Smith, Rhode Island      
  • ACTION ALERT: Send the States Report to your Elected Officials        
Mar 022018

Colorado Rates a "B" for Medical Marijuana Access - Americans for Safe Access

By Thomas Mitchell for Westword

Colorado used to to be one of the few states in the country with legal medical marijuana. But that has changed rapidly, with the majority of the states in the United States offering some kind of access to medical marijuana. According to a prominent advocacy group, however, many of those states put severe restrictions on MMJ, making Colorado's program look robust in comparison.