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Apr 052016

Senator Grassley Holds Another Hearing Ignoring Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

chuck.grassley.jpegSenator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who chairs both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Drug Caucus, is holding a hearing on Tuesday, April 5th to discuss the harms of “recreational marijuana.” By holding this hearing, Senator Grassley is yet again delaying action on the CARERS Act while taking an opportunity to undermine the perception of THC’s medical value.

Apr 052016

Suggested Tweets for Today's Senate Drug Caucus Hearing - Americans for Safe Access

This morning, Senate Drug Caucus Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are holding a hearing entitled, “Is the Department of Justice Adequately Protecting the Public from the Impact of State Recreational Marijuana Legalization?” While the subject of the hearing may be a reasonable area for the Drug Caucus to examine, the hearing will mark the second time that Grassley and Feinstein have held a hearing on cannabis without looking into the medical benefits of the entire plant. Making matters worse, there is not any witnesses scheduled to testify today who can speak to the medical benefits, as the witness roster bears a heavy anti-cannabis bias. This demonstrates that protecting safe and legal access to cannabis therapy is a low priority of the two senators. Senator Grassley could address this issue directly by bringing the CARERS Act to a hearing and vote

Patient advocates need to make that medical cannabis - including THC - becomes a priority to these two senators and their their colleagues. You can help reshape the conversation by tweeting at Senators Grassley and Feinstein during and after today's hearing by engaging them on Twitter using the hashtag #TimeForCARERS. Below are some suggested tweets to use. 

Apr 042016

California Weekly Roundup: April 4, 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…

  • Met with legislative offices to discuss medical cannabis bills
  • Answered twenty constituent support calls
  • Made plans for the California Citizen Lobby Day on May 23

This week…

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Mar 282016

California Weekly Roundup: March 28, 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 300 patients, advocates, and other medical cannabis stakeholders to Washington, DC, for the 4th Annual Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Citizen Lobby Day.
  • Helped to secure three new co-sponsors for the CARERS Act, which will finally end the state/federal conflict over medical cannabis. That brings the total to 31!
  • Worked with legislative offices and committees to oppose excessive taxation on medical cannabis.

This week…

  • ASA will be meeting with elected officials in Southern California to promote local licensing for medical cannabis businesses and organizations. 

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Mar 262016

Get Your Copy of ASA’s Historic Document Today! - Americans for Safe Access

International coalition handing off the UNGASS report ASA’s 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference ended on Tuesday in Washington, DC, and we have already seen results in the national and international arena. We are going to make 2016 a historic year for medical cannabis, and we need your help to do it.

One of the most exciting parts of the conference was the preparation of a report for the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). Conference participants peer-reviewed the report on Sunday, and ASA submitted the 91-page report to CND on Monday morning. The report answers important scientific questions about medical cannabis, and outlines a pathway towards international reform.

Pictured: ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and an international delegation from France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Jamaica delivering the report in Washington, DC.

Mar 222016

Help lobby Congress for medical cannabis reform today - Americans for Safe Access

Hundreds of medical cannabis patients, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders are visiting lawmakers in Washington, DC, this morning to support the first comprehensive bipartisan federal medical cannabis reform bill ever introduced in the US Congress.

Participants in ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference are on Capitol Hill to support the CARERS Act right now. Can you make three phone calls to help get that bill passed this year?

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical cannabis legislation that has ever been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. This bipartisan legislation would remedy the state/federal conflict over medical cannabis laws.

Mar 212016

California Weekly Roundup: March 21, 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…

  • Scheduled meetings with Congressional offices for hundreds of conference participants
  • Prepared a report for the United Nations’ historic meeting on global on drug policy
  • Worked with legislative staff and other stakeholders in California on more than a dozen bills related to medical cannabis

This week…

  • ASA will take hundreds of patients, researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to support federal medical cannabis reform

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Mar 172016

You Can Help Shape International Medical Cannabis Policy - Americans for Safe Access

Report cover pageYou have an important job to do, if you are attending ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, March 18-22, at the Lowes Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. We will be finalizing a document at the conference that will be submitted to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).  

The CND meeting in Vienna coincides with the ASA Unity Conference this year. Unity Conference participants will have the opportunity to weigh in on this review document on Sunday March 20th in special stakeholder meetings. Allies within the CND will be calling on the CND, WHO, and UNGASS to use this Critical Review Preparation Document as a stepping-stone to move international cannabis policy forward. 

Mar 162016

Grass for Everyone - Steph Sherer Featured in Newsweek - Americans for Safe Access

picture-mobil.pngASA’s Executive Director, Steph Sherer was recently featured in an article in the Czech edition of Newsweek.  The article documents Steph’s inspirational journey as a medical marijuana patient turned advocate.  The writer chronicles her founding of Americans for Safe Access, and her more recent international endeavors with the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition working on international cannabis rescheduling through meetings with the United Nations and her co-launching of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI) in the Czech Republic.

This article has been translated into English, and it is well worth the read as it not only relates Steph’s accomplishments, but provides background to the 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference: A Conference on Harmonization of Global Cannabis Policy and Action, which is being held in DC March 18-22nd.  The conference truly is a culmination of all the efforts Steph has poured her energies into since founding ASA thirteen years ago.

Mar 142016

Attention Pennsylvanians: Take Action Today on SB 3! - Americans for Safe Access

6a00d8345165b769e200e551366f9b8833-800wi.jpgThere will finally be a vote on Pennsylvania SB 3 on the floor of the PA House of Representatives this Tuesday, March 15. While ASA is not completely happy with many of the limitations that have been included added to the bill in its current form, we are encouraging patient advocates to urge their state representatives to vote yes on SB 3.

As you are probably aware, it has been a very difficult process to get a piece of medical cannabis legislation this far in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Despite the shortcomings in the bill, passage of SB 3 will enable the regulatory process to start as soon as possible, which is the one of the crucial components in making sure cultivators and dispensaries get licensed. Without these entities, there will be no medical cannabis access in Pennsylvania. It has taken anywhere between 18 and 36 months from passage a new state medical cannabis bill until dispensaries open up, therefore, get the process started is paramount. Other components of the program can be fixed with subsequent legislation while the regulatory and licensing process plays out.