Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Apr 132017

Marijuana industry braces for clash with Trump administration - Americans for Safe Access

By Mary Paige Nesfeder for Fox News

“I think that we have a lot of new champions this year that I think are really going to push this issue and end the federal conflict once and for all,” - Steph Sherer

Apr 122017

Unity 2017 a Success! - Americans for Safe Access

jillswingquote.pngYesterday, over 100 medical cannabis patient advocates from 32 states descended on Capitol Hill with a mission:
to convince their members of Congress to support medical cannabis legislation like the CARERS Act.

With help from ASA staff, advocates were scheduled for 72 meetings, which they attended armed with the information they had learned attending ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference held from the 7th-11th at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C.

Apr 122017

Maryland Finally Moving Forward on Access to Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission LogoThis week began with a significant move of progress, as the state of Maryland finally opened its patient registry for medical cannabis. Although the state legislature passed a medical cannabis program in 2013, delays and setbacks have postponed the implementation by over four years. Those with last names A through L can now register through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission's website. Patients with last names M through Z will be able to register starting Monday April 17 at 9 AM. Registration will be open for all patients beginning on April 24th.

Apr 082017

ASA Activist Newsletter - April 2017 - Americans for Safe Access

In the April 2017 Issue:

  • ASA Hosts 5th Annual National Unity Conference
  • West Virginia to Join Medical Cannabis States
  • Virginia Expands Medical Cannabis Program
  • Indiana Legislature Moves to Allow CBD
  • Federal Cannabis Policy Under Review
  • Oregon Recalls Cannabis over Pesticide
  • ASA Activist of the Year: Nichole Snow, Massachusetts
  • ACTION ALERT: Join ASA for Lobby Day 2017
Apr 072017

Medical marijuana advocates to host lobbying day - Americans for Safe Access

By Tim Devaney for The Hill

Medical marijuana advocates will descend on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

The advocates are in town for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, which culminates in a lobbying day next week.

Apr 052017

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for West Virginia Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

West Virginia Welcome Sign

UPDATE: On April 19, 2017 West Virginia Jim Justice signed SB 386 into law, making West Virginia the 29th state with a comprehensive medical cannabis program. The signing ceremony can be viewed here.

 

Apr 032017

IS CANNABIS A POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT? - Americans for Safe Access

Without Proper Testing and Training It Could Be

By David Hodes for Dope Magazine

“Some of the information on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website is 30 or 40 years old,. I don’t know about your health policy, but I prefer mine to be based on policy that is younger than me.” - Jahan Marcu

Mar 292017

Why New Jersey’s medical marijuana gets a ‘C’ grade - Americans for Safe Access

By David Matthau for New Jersey 101.5

"What we’re finding is that in states that have medical cannabis programs that allow recommendations for chronic pain, we’re actually seeing a drop in opioid deaths by as much as 25 percent." - Steph Sherer

Mar 282017

Can Legal Marijuana Solve The Opioid Crisis?

Newsweek_Logo.svgU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said he was “astonished” by claims that legal marijuana could solve the opioid crisis devastating the nation. However, a new study firmly linked legalized weed to decreased opioid abuse and overdoses.

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Mar 242017

City Council Approves Creation Of Cannabis Licensing Commission - Americans for Safe Access

By Julia Wick for LAist

"We're really pleased that they've created the commission. I think it will work better for the city to have this distinct commission, rather than tasking already overburdened agencies with a huge new program." -  Sarah Armstrong