Blog Voices from the Frontlines
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
Yesterday, 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.
This 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
U.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.
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