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Mar 072016

California Weekly Roundup: March 7, 2016 - Americans for Safe Access

The California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest and largest state campaign. This California Weekly Roundup is your way to stay on top of medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and more.

Last week…

  • ASA talked with lawmakers and staff in cities and counties statewide about medical cannabis licensing and regulation
  • ASA met with state lawmakers and staff about medical cannabis legislation
  • ASA answered dozens of calls and emails from constituents in California

This week…

  • Get registered for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference – March 18-22 in Washington, DC

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Mar 052016

Will you be a part of History in 2016? - Americans for Safe Access

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We are less than a month away from Unity 2016 and it’s not too late to register for the 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Conference! Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA) in Washington, D.C. at the Loews Madison Hotel, March 18-22nd for the largest patient-focused medical cannabis conference of the year!

You don’t want to miss Unity 2016! This is an incredible opportunity to participate in international cannabis history. We’re leveraging the expertise, intelligence and creativity of our awesome members and participants to turn the #Unity16 educational experience into a scientific document.

"The ASA Conference confirmed we have such a beautiful movement. It's been one of the greatest blessings of my life to be connected to so many loving, dedicated, powerful souls. ❤ Let's keep battling against Politics shackling Science". - Sue Sisley

Feb 292016

California Weekly Roundup: February 29, 2016 - Americans for Safe Access

The California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest and largest state campaign. This California Weekly Roundup is your way to stay on top of medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and more.

Last week…

  •  ASA brought constituents from Sonoma and Riverside Counties to Sacramento to talk about SB 987
  • ASA answered dozens of constituent support calls and emails about discrimination, finding local access, and more
  • ASA helped frame the conversation about medical cannabis by talking to reporters about regulation, taxation, enforcement, and more

This week…

  • Attend the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee Hearing or watch live online

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Feb 242016

Explore Medical Cannabis Industry Best Practices from Leading Experts - Americans for Safe Access

Join Patient Focused Certification (PFC), Monday, March 21st at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC for indepth deep dive workshops on best practices for the medical cannabis industry. 

As state medical cannabis laws and regulations continue to evolve, medical cannabis-specific trainings have become increasingly mandated. States such as Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have mandated comprehensive training for all staff working or volunteering in state-licensed medical cannabis facilities. PFC enrichment courses are designed to meet the requirements of state mandated training programs and can help your company reduce the cost of developing, implementing and operating in-house medical cannabis training programs.

PFC enrichment courses allow you to take targeted cannabis training to expand and deepen your understanding of QA/QC, pesticide management and audit protocols.  Offered as two (2) hour workshops, participants can choose to participate in one (1) or all three (3) of the advance cannabis trainings.

Feb 232016

Meet the Man that Discovered the Endocannabinoid System - Americans for Safe Access

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Have you ever heard of the endocannabinoid system? Meet the man who discovered it at #Unity16 March 18-22 in Washington, D.C.

ASA is thrilled to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference is Professor Lumír Hanuš!

Prof. Hanuš is the world’s leading expert on the endocannabinoid system who famously isolated the first known endocannabinoid neurotransmitter, anandamide which lead to his co-discovery of the endocannabinoid system.  His work has shaped our understanding of the biological actions of cannabis by isolating individual cannabinoids and their associated receptors. And he will be sharing his insight directly with you.

If that isn’t enough...

The 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference will give YOU the opportunity to influence historic international and domestic advances in medical marijuana policy.

Feb 222016

California Weekly Roundup: February 22, 2016 - Americans for Safe Access

The California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest and largest state campaign. This California Weekly Roundup is your way to stay on top of medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and more.

Last week…

  • ASA collected almost 600 signatures on a petition opposing SB 987
  • ASA worked with local government and allies to help pass local licensing ordinances
  • ASA worked with legislative offices to improve medical cannabis bills

This week…

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Feb 192016

Attention Virginia: E-mail Your State Representative to Support SB 701 - Americans for Safe Access

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On February 16, the Virginia Senate passed SB701 by a vote of 37 to 2. This bill would allow for the production and manufacturing of cannabidiol (CBD) oil and THC-A. This was a big step to ensuring safe access for patients and their caregivers, and now we need your help to get this passed in the House of Delegates.

Feb 182016

Attention Georgia: E-mail Your State Representative to Support HB 722 - Americans for Safe Access

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State Representative Allen Peake has introduced a bill (HB 722) that would greatly improve the current medical cannabis law in Georgia by allowing for in state cultivation and dispensing, adding more qualifying conditions, and allowing access to full range of THC and CBD profiles. Unfortunately, there may be efforts by some state lawmakers to prevent these necessary improvements from happening. We urge you to email and call your state representative to support HB 722 without imposing additional burdens on patients.

Feb 152016

California Weekly Roundup: February 15, 2016 - Americans for Safe Access

The California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest and largest state campaign. This California Weekly Roundup is your way to stay on top of medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and more.

Last week…

  • ASA worked with legislative offices to improve bills related to licensing and taxation
  • ASA staff and volunteers talked with city and county officials about local ordinances, helping to stop bans
  • ASA hosted a citizen lobbyist training in Los Angeles

This week…

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Feb 112016

ACTION ALERT: Global Medical Cannabis Policy Needs Your Voice - Americans for Safe Access

Yesterday, I joined organizations from across the globe at the UN Headquarters to continue preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016) on drug policy to be held April 19-21. Representing Americans for Safe Access and the International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition (IMCPC), I provided input for Member States in the negotiations of the outcome document to be presented at UNGASS 2016.

It is my hope that global policies on medical cannabis be included. But I need your help to make sure this happens. Please send this pre-written email to UN Ambassador Samantha Power requesting she support the rescheduling of Cannabis!

The last time the UN held a special session was in 1999, and its focus, guided by the United States, was to eliminate illegal drugs and drug trafficking. Today, international leaders, drug policy reform groups, patients, and citizens are encouraging the UN to reform this outdated and ineffective approach to drug policy.  On  the agenda for UNGASS 2016 is a review of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.