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Jan 252016

Georgia Lawmaker Breaks Law to Bring Medical Cannabis to Patients - Americans for Safe Access

Allen_Peake_-_GA_State_Rep.jpgGeorgia Representative Allen Peake who authored Georgia’s current law known asHaleigh’s Hope Act (HB1), has publicly admitted to breaking the law to bring medical marijuana to patients in Georgia.  The Georgia law, which allows for low-THC extracts containing primarily cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa) for patients with certain medical conditions, does not provide for cultivation, production, and distribution in the state, so patients and caregivers must go elsewhere to obtain the oils and bring them back to Georgia.  Unless, of course, their Representative does it for them.

Rep. Peake’s level of commitment to patients is rare and should be commended.  “Maybe at some point there is a need for civil disobedience,” Peake said toWSB-TV Atlanta’s Lori Geary, “I’d do it again if I had to.”  Peake, a Republican, has introduced new legislation (HB 722) this year in hopes of bringing in-state production and distribution of the oils, so he and others won’t have to break laws to obtain them.  The bill, if passed, would also add seventeen conditions to the existing law including intractable pain, Alzheimers, and HIV/AIDS.

 

Jan 252016

California Weekly Roundup: January 25, 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 232016

The Other Problem with the MMRSA - Americans for Safe Access

CA Assembly Member Jim WoodCalifornia lawmakers are moving quickly to correct a drafting error in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), a trio of bills that will finally license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. However, lawmakers are overlooking a serious issue in the bill that directly affects individual patient-cultivators and primary caregivers. 

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, is calling on lawmakers to remove licensing requirements from the MMRSA that apply to some personal non-commercial cultivation of medical cannabis. Otherwise, the MMRSA could become an obstacle to personal cultivation – a historic cornerstone of California’s twenty-year old medical cannabis program. 

Pictured: California Assembly Member Jim Wood (Dem-Santa Rosa)

Jan 182016

California Weekly Roundup: January 18, 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 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).