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ASA's 2021 Year in Review

Posted by · January 17, 2022 11:56 AM

Check out ASA's annual recap of the important developments and events of the past year in the January issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter.  ASA's 2021 Year in Review includes federal and state news and links to ASA campaigns, resources and member benefits. You'll also find new PFC training courses, certifications, and a free guide for cannabis businesses. 

You'll also find links and excerpts of the year's profiles of activists who are making a difference for safe access. 

Each month, the ASA Activist Newsletter covers important federal, state and local developments, what's happening with ASA, and inspiring stories of local activists. Subscribe today!

 

5 Things You Need to Know When Traveling as a Medical Cannabis Patient

Posted by · December 16, 2021 10:22 AM

Are you allowed to travel with medical cannabis? Can you cross state lines with medical cannabis? Can you bring cannabis on a plane or train? What about a bus? While in another state, what are the rules to purchase it legally? These are just a few of the many questions that medical cannabis patients may have while travelling for the holidays.

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New Issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter is out!

Posted by · December 03, 2021 3:06 PM

The latest issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter has the news you need to stay informed and be an effective advocate. Updates include important federal cannabis reforms that have been signed into law or are pending before Congress, as well as PFC's new role as a GMP Certifier in New York state, a new episode of the Cannabis Enigma podcast, and a sneak peek at the revamped state report card.

You'll also find a link to the new issue of Cannabis Patient Care Magazine, a free benefit to ASA members, that this month features important information about coping with breast cancer treatment. In the activist profile, you'll meet US Army veteran Robert Head, who was one of the principal organizers for the successful Hemp for Victory event ASA sponsored at Texas Live last month. 

Each month, the ASA Activist Newsletter covers important federal, state and local developments, what's happening with ASA, and inspiring stories of local activists. Subscribe today to have it delivered via email, or you can read it each month here on ASA's website.

 

October/November issue of Cannabis Patient Care Magazine Now Available

Posted by · November 11, 2021 4:50 PM

We're excited to say the the October/November issue of Cannabis Patient Care Magazine is now available online. You'll want to make sure you check out the first article, my interview with Dr. Marisa Weiss.

I got her thoughts on how patients can talk to their doctor or oncologist about medical cannabis. It was great to hear her perspective, as a doctor, on an issue that we talk a lot about from the patient side.

And for ASA Members, if you haven't already activated you free subscription to Cannabis Patient Care Magazine please take just a moment to claim this free benefit for members.

Update to our State of the States scoring

Posted by · November 09, 2021 11:07 AM

The 2021 Americans for Safe Access State of the States Report, to be released next month, will feature new report card formats and scoring that highlight key areas of medical cannabis policy that affect patient needs.

ASA’s updated grading rubric emphasizes the many issues that are still blocking millions of patients from access. The new report cards adds emphasis on civil rights and patient protections, affordability, health and social equity, and product safety while also giving penalties for states that have policies that are actively harmful to medical cannabis patients.

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Don't miss the latest ASA Activist Newsletter!

Posted by · October 26, 2021 4:11 PM

Check out the October 2021 issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter for updates on developments that matter for medical cannabis advocates, including Congressional action on the revived MORE Act that could end federal prohibition. You'll also learn about how ASA has changed its grading of medical cannabis programs for the forthcoming State of the States report, as well as the latest state to add PFC training for cannabis businesses. 

The newsletter includes event announcements of an upcoming mixer in Texas for veterans, a podcast interview about hemp and CBD standards, and a link to a free webinar on using Cannakey research tools to inform education and policy. 

In the activist profile, you'll learn about Michelle J. Wright, who turned to cannabis medicine to treat a son with severe autism and ended up with one of the first Masters degrees in cannabis science from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. 

Each month, the ASA Activist Newsletter covers important federal, state and local developments, what's happening with ASA, and inspiring stories of local activists. Subscribe today to have it delivered via email, or you can read it each month here on ASA's website.

 

The September Activist Newsletter is Out!

Posted by · September 29, 2021 10:49 AM

Check out the September 2021 issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter to read ASA's patient-focused policy demands for the new Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA). We also have updates on new industry training courses available from PFC, an update on our efforts to change the Olympic drug-testing policy and how you can get involved.

We also have a reminder of the various perks and discounts available to ASA members, including a brand-new one from our new partners at CannaKeys. Previews of upcoming events at MJBizCon 2021 in Las Vegas, and the Hemp for Victory Mixer in Arlington, TX.

In the activist profile, you'll learn about Jamie Lowell of Detroit, Michigan, a long-time cannabis advocate and ASA chapter member, who has recently remobilized for ground-level activism to fight to keep the patient focus as Michigan moves towards adult-use.

Each month, the ASA Activist Newsletter covers important federal, state and local developments, what's happening with ASA, and inspiring stories of local activists. Subscribe today to have it delivered via email, or you can read it each month here on ASA's website.

 

A Summary of our Comments and Recommendations of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

Posted by · September 09, 2021 12:01 PM

Last week ASA submitted our comment letter to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY), and Senators Booker (D-NJ) and Wyden (D-OR) on their draft cannabis reform legislation known as the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA). Released on July 14, the proposed bill would address a wide range of issues ranging from the conflict of laws between the federal and state governments on cannabis to research and restorative justice.

The bill represents an ambitious step forward in federal cannabis policy reform, offering the most comprehensive approach yet contemplated by federal lawmakers, however misses the mark completely on patient needs. Not surprisingly, our comments were focused on conveying patient priorities, specifically:

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Our Summary of the new Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

Posted by · August 20, 2021 4:26 PM

On July 14, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced the long-awaited introduction of comprehensive federal cannabis reform legislation – the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA). The discussion draft was introduced in partnership with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and offers reform proposals to address a wide range of issues ranging from the conflict of laws between the federal and state governments on cannabis to research and restorative justice. While the bill represents an ambitious step forward in federal cannabis policy reform, offering the most comprehensive approach yet contemplated by federal lawmakers with the backing of the highest-ranking elected member of the Senate, we believe there is more work that can be done to protect patients. The three Senate offices are taking public comment on the draft until September 1. ASA is preparing a letter to submit with additional recommendations. Below is a short summary of the current measure.

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When Charging Forward into Adult-Use Policy, Please Don’t Leave Patients Behind!

Posted by · August 06, 2021 12:01 PM

A common challenge patients often experience when adult-use laws are adopted in their state is that legislative and regulatory improvements to medical cannabis programs are suspended while states pivot to organize adult-use models. As states continue to update laws regarding adult-use, it is imperative that they continue to prioritize policies that affect patients.

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