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Jan 112016

California Weekly Roundup: January 11, 2016 - 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.

 

Jan 042016

California Weekly Roundup: January 4, 2016 - 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 302015

One Last Thing Before the Champagne… - Americans for Safe Access

There was a lot to celebrate in 2015. Forty states have passed laws that allow the medical use of cannabis in some form, and more individuals have access than ever before. Congressional support for medical cannabis has never been stronger. We are closer than ever to finally reaching our goal of safe and legal access to medical cannabis for everyone who needs it.

ASA’s work is at the heart of this historic progress, and as an ASA Member, you helped make it happen! Look at some of the highlights of what you helped accomplish this year.

  • Introduced comprehensive bi-partisan federal medical cannabis legislation in Senate and House
  • Passed Federal “cease fire” on medical cannabis patients
  • Won the largest successful vote in Congress yet - 242 to 186
  • Hosted Senate and Congressional briefings
  • Coordinated thousands of constituent meetings with elected officials
  • Co-founded the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition (IMCPC)
  • Testified before legislators and regulators in dozens of states
  • Passed comprehensive state regulatory bills
  • Added product safety protocols to state laws across the country
  • Passed an organ transplant patients rights bill in California
  • Testified at the World Health Organization (WHO) on medical cannabis
  • Organized thousands of constituent meetings with elected officials
  • Generated hundreds of thousands emails, calls and signatures on petitions
  • Launched the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI)
  • Provided up-to date information on medical cannabis laws to millions through ASA’s website
  • Educated thousands of patients on cannabis as a medicine
  • Trained thousands of medical cannabis industry workers on product safety protocol compliance
  • Represented patient perspective in the media and at conferences around world

Click here to see a more detailed list of our work in 2015.

Dec 282015

California Weekly Roundup: December 28, 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 212015

California Weekly Roundup: December 21, 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 162015

Congress Set to Reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Cannabis Amendment - Americans for Safe Access

8408199525_2bb5431d2e_o.jpgEarly this morning, Congress unveiled the final language of the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill, which contains the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment for the second consecutive year (see Sec. 542 on page 223). The amendment, which was first approved in December of 2014, prohibits the Department of Justice from interfering with those acting in accordance with their state medical cannabis laws. This protection will remain in effect thanks to the efforts of House sponsors Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA), along with Senate sponsor and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), as well as the efforts of thousands of medical cannabis citizen lobbyists who called, wrote, and met with their representatives and senators in support of the amendment.

Many in the medical cannabis movement had vastly differing opinions on the effect that that Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment would have. Some erroneously reported that the amendment meant that the federal crackdown against medical cannabis was finally over once and for all. Others in the movement bizarrely opted to accept DOJ's extremely narrow definition of "implementation," characterizing the amendment symbolic at best. However, it was Americans for Safe Access who first developed and articulated the proper definition for "implementation" in the context of the amendment's legislative history. ASA recognized that "implementation" was not defined in federal legal definition nor did Black's Law Dictionary. After analyzing the 2014 House floor speeches and the various definitions for "implement" in Webster's Dictionary, ASA put forth the position that the transitive verb was most appropriate, which includes "carry out, accomplish; especially : to give practical effect to and ensure of actual fulfillment by concrete measures." This theory was ultimately by Judge Breyer in the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana case (see bottom of page 9 through page 10).

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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