Blog Voices from the Frontlines

May 052017

Online Resource on Medical Cannabis Available - Americans for Safe Access

Clinical Oncology News

“Whether or not doctors or other health care professionals have any intention of recommending medical cannabis for patient care, they all need to be well educated in this clinical area because their patients will be seeking their expert advice and guidance for this medication,” noted Stephen B. Corn, MD, a specialist in anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital, both in Boston. Since patients may already be using medical marijuana, clinicians “need to be aware of the physiological effects of cannabis as well as potential drug interactions and side effects,” Dr. Corn added, stressing that expertise in medical cannabis will be necessary for most doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals.

 

May 042017

FY17 Budget Protects Medical Cannabis Patients - Americans for Safe Access

budget_books.jpgAfter passing a temporary stopgap budget measure, Congress has funded the Government through September 30, 2017. Included in the Appropriations bill is a provision that prevents the Department of Justice from expending federal funds to prevent the implementation of state medical cannabis programs. The Appropriations bill also includes protections for states with industrial hemp programs

May 022017

Having "The Talk" - Americans for Safe Access

talk.fw--300x247.pngFor medical cannabis patients, one of the hardest conversations to have may be with family and friends. After negotiating the hurdles of registering as a patient, finding a physician that will recommend medical cannabis, and finding a dispensary close to home, the last thing many patients may not anticipate is an intense conversation about their new medicine with their loved ones.

May 022017

Is Medical Cannabis The Cure To Our Opioid Epidemic? - Americans for Safe Access

For CBS Miami

“When we look at tools to combat the opioid crisis, I think it’s amazing that medical cannabis is a tool we can use. At the heart of all of our challenges is the fact that the federal government sees cannabis as more dangerous than methamphetamines or cocaine.” - Steph Sherer

Apr 282017

Themes Emerging from the 2017 Americans for Safe Access Unity Conference - Americans for Safe Access

By Chloe Detrick for Ganjapreneur

“I feel that ASA is only going to continue growing as more and more states begin introducing legalization efforts. We are going to continue to get involved with state governments and assist them in ensuring that people are doing things the right way.” - Beth Collins

Apr 252017

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Medical Cannabis? - Americans for Safe Access

Closed for Business Sign on U.S. CapitolIf you have seen the news lately, you know that the possibility of a government shutdown is looming. Without any action, government funding ends at midnight on Friday April 28th, meaning that all non-essential government operations and agencies are suspended until a budget is passed. This would NOT include the Department of Justice (DOJ) as it is considered essential.

Apr 242017

Orrick Stokes DEA Over Alleged Marijuana Misstatements - Americans for Safe Access

By Marcia Coyle for The National Law Journal

A team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, representing the medical marijuana advocate Americans for Safe Access, isn’t holding its breath for federal drug enforcement officials to erase their alleged misstatements about the health risks of cannabis.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has not responded to a petition from Americans for Safe Access that sought to correct allegedly false and misleading information from the DEA’s website. Orrick filed the petition in late last year.

The next step? A possible lawsuit, said Orrick’s Vickie Feeman, a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office who is leading the pro bono effort for the pro-marijuana advocate.

Apr 242017

Medicinal Cannabis Treatments Coming, Experts Say - Americans for Safe Access

Larger-scale research, better regulation needed

By Ryan Basen for Medpage Today

WASHINGTON -- Medicinal cannabis industry officials and scholars here touted potential breakthroughs to treat health problems and questioned why cannabidiol (CBD) is not mandatory for athletes to address traumatic brain injury (TBI). Others, meanwhile, cautioned the field needs much more research and regulation.

"The whole concept of cannabis as medicine is very new," Stuart Titus, PhD, told MedPage Today during an interview at the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) annual meeting on medical cannabis last week. "Everything is at such a ground-floor state."

 

Apr 242017

Ohio rules for medical pot growers bring access questions - Americans for Safe Access

By the Associated Press for Fox 8 Cleveland

“The most genuine answer that anyone can give about Ohio’s program is that this has never been done before, so we don’t know if it will work, or serve patients. So patients will just have to wait and see.” - Dr. Jahan Marcu

Apr 212017

The Science of Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

terpenes.jpgThousands will be gathering tomorrow across the country for the March for Science, a march and rally in support of scientific fact trumping science fiction in our government and among our elected officials.