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Dec 152015

US Medical Marijuana Advocacy Organization Launches International Research Center - Americans for Safe Access

3._ICCI_-_group_photo.jpgToday members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), KOPAC and Dioscorides Global Holdings (DGH) were joined by the Minister of Health for the Czech Republic, Svatopluk Němeček to announce the establishment of a new research center, the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI) – intended to foster evidence-based exploration with a modern scientific approach to refine the therapeutic applicability of cannabis-based medicines in the Czech Republic.  ICCI will identify, coordinate and support global research priorities for the advancement of cannabis and cannabinoid treatments through a multidisciplinary evidence based approach that incorporates innovative tools and approaches.

“As a medical cannabis patient who has been benefiting from it use for 14 years, I have felt a responsibility to ensure that other patients in the US, and now globally, have the choice to utilize cannabis treatments,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “The creation of the ICCI is an integral step in fulfilling that commitment. The work of the ICCI will remove barriers to access for patients globally by bringing together the current knowledge base for cannabis research as it relates to biomedicine, life sciences and policy sciences to create a platform for sharing, exploration and education.”

Dec 142015

LA medical cannabis patient is back on the organ transplant list - Americans for Safe Access

Tamara HowardUPDATE: ASA is happy to report that Tamra received her organ transplant in June and is currently recovering at home. Hers is the first life saved by AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act!

Norman Smith died from inoperable liver cancer in 2011, after he was dropped from the organ transplant list for using legal medical cannabis to treat his debilitating symptoms. His tragic story and tireless advocacy for patients’ rights inspired members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) to stand up for medical cannabis patients and demand legal protection.

That work paid off when California Governor Jerry Brown signed the ASA-sponsored Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, known as AB 258, in July. Authored by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), the new law prevents anyone in the state from being denied an organ transplant just because they use legal medical cannabis.

Pictured: Medical cannabis patient Tamra Howard, with a good reason to smile

Norman was a vocal advocate for organ transplant patients who use medical cannabis, and his efforts led directly to the adoption of AB 258 this year. “It’s probably too late for me, but I hope it helps the next guy,” he said before his tragic and preventable death in 2011. Norman did do it for the next guy. ASA has just learned of the first medical cannabis patient to be re-added to the organ transplant waiting list after being denied a place based on her medical cannabis use. 

Dec 142015

California Weekly Roundup: December 14, 2015 - Americans for Safe Access

The California Weekly Roundup, a project of the California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA), is your way to stay connected to on the latest events and news on medical cannabis in California. CCSA is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest state campaign. There are more legal patients, providers, and recommending physicians in California than any other state. More than 1.4 million patients have safe, reliable, and dignified access to medicine in the state, but significant challenges remain. Click on the links on below or scroll through the entire email to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.

Dec 072015

California Weekly Roundup: December 7, 2015 - Americans for Safe Access

The California Weekly Roundup, a project of the California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA), is your way to stay connected to on the latest events and news on medical cannabis in California. CCSA is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest state campaign. There are more legal patients, providers, and recommending physicians in California than any other state. More than 1.4 million patients have safe, reliable, and dignified access to medicine in the state, but significant challenges remain. Click on the links on below or scroll through the entire email to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.

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Dec 052015

Check out the ASA Activist Newsletter

The ASA Activist Newsletter for December is out with all the news advocates need. In this issue you'll find stories about:

  • a new international initiative from a global coalition of patients
  • efforts to fire the DEA chief for calling medical cannabis a joke
  • Senate action to let VA doctors recommend medical cannabis
  • Updates on Minnesota, New York, Maryland, Florida, and Pennsylvania
  • Action you can take today to get Congress to protect patients

Check it out today, then download a copy to print and distribute.

Dec 032015

Attention Iowa: Email Senator Grassley Urging him to Call for a Hearing on the CARERS Act - Americans for Safe Access

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The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in Congress. Introduced in the Senate by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the bipartisan legislation would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical marijuana laws. Unfortunately, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, is blocking the bill from moving forward by not giving the bill the hearing that it deserves.

An Iowa mother and activist, Erin Miller, recently wrote an op-ed calling for Sen. Grassley to hold a hearing or vote in the Judiciary committee on the CARERS Act. Her son, Abram, suffers from numerous disorders and disabilities, but after introducing CBD as a part of Abram’s medicine regime her family has seen huge improvements in his condition. Miller says her son is finally able to have fun like a typical little boy, and hasn’t suffered from a physical seizure since June.

Dec 012015

Happy Giving Tuesday ➝ Give the Gift of Safe Access! - Americans for Safe Access

givingtuesday.pngToday is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back!

Make a generous contribution today and join us in celebrating this new tradition of global generosity. Your contribution of $5, $35, $50, or more, will go a long way towards ensuring ASA has the resources we need to advocate with lawmakers, fight in court, support medical cannabis defendants, frame the national conversation about medical cannabis, and so much more!

In addition, your generosity will help us continue to sponsor hundreds of patients from across the country to attend the 2016 National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Lobby Day.

Nov 302015

California Weekly Roundup: November 30, 2015 - Americans for Safe Access

ASA California Weekly Roundup: November 30, 2015 

The California Weekly Roundup, a project of the California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA), is your way to stay connected to on the latest events and news on medical cannabis in California. CCSA is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest state campaign. There are more legal patients, providers, and recommending physicians in California than any other state. More than 1.4 million patients have safe, reliable, and dignified access to medicine in the state, but significant challenges remain. Click on the links on below or scroll through the entire post to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.

Nov 232015

New Yorkers, it's time to talk to your doctor about medical cannabis education - Americans for Safe Access

Talk_with_your_Physician_About_Medical_Canabis.jpgTalking to your doctor is one of the most important parts of good health care. We know your health care is very important to you. Which is why we want to encourage you to talk to your physician about medical cannabis therapeutics and education.

Whether you are already a patient or looking to find more information about medical cannabis as a treatment option, it is imperative your physicians have all the information they need before making decisions regarding your care. While your physician has spent countless hours obtaining education, medical schools and residency programs do not offer education in the area of medical marijuana, and there are few unbiased quality educational resources on this topic.

You depend on your physician to direct you towards treatments and therapies that will be of benefit, and away from those that may cause you harm. Ask your physician to obtain comprehensive education by enrolling in the New York State Practitioner Education Medical Use of Marijuana Course offered by TheAnswerPage

Nov 232015

California Weekly Roundup: November 23, 2015 - Americans for Safe Access

ASA California Weekly Roundup: November 23, 2015 

The California Roundup a project of the California Campaign for Safe Access, is your way to stay connected to on the latest events and news on medical cannabis in California. The California Campaign for Safe Access is ASA's oldest state campaign. There are more legal patients, providers, and recommending physicians in California than any other state. More than 1.4 million patients have safe, reliable, and dignified access to medicine in the state, but significant challenges remain. 

Click on the links on below or scroll through the entire email to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.