Federal Agency Tips Hat to Medical Cannabis While 9-Year-Old Rescheduling Petition Gathers Dust

| March 29, 2011 |

According to the Washington Independent, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has added "Cannabis" to its website as a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM). This is the first time...

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Stop the Raids!

| March 16, 2011 |

UPDATE: Patients Speak Up in Montana.Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is calling on medical cannabis patients and advocates to speak up in opposition to paramilitary-style raids on medical cannabis patients, growers, and providers in Montana and California this week. The...

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Valley Collective Steps Up

| March 14, 2011 |

A San Fernando Valley collective is recruiting its members in the effort to sponsor ASA’s new training for medical cannabis professionals. The staff and operators at Buds and Roses in Studio City are asking patients to help sponsor “Putting Patients...

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ASA Works to Build the Base in MT

| March 12, 2011 |

[caption id="attachment_1329" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer"][/caption]ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer testified before the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday in opposition to HB 161, a bill that would repeal the state’s six-year old medical cannabis law, before setting...

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In Maryland: Another year, another criminal?

| March 08, 2011 |

Patients left the Senate hearing in Annapolis with an uneasy feeling last Thursday, wondering if they would have to suffer another year of criminal behavior.  What appeared to start off as an optimistic legislative session for patients awaiting the passage...

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Los Angeles Votes on Medical Cannabis Tax

| March 05, 2011 |

[caption id="attachment_1305" align="alignleft" width="86" caption="LA City Hall"][/caption]On Tuesday, Angelenos will decide whether or not to put an additional 5% tax on medical cannabis and vote in seven City Council races. Medical cannabis patients have a lot at stake in the...

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Maryland Legislator Fights for Patients’ Right to Cultivate

| February 25, 2011 |

Aimed at establishing the right for patients to reliably and affordably obtain medical marijuana, Maryland House Deputy Majority Whip Delegate Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore) introduced an amendment today to a proposed bill to ensure that patients have the right to cultivate...

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Excerpt from Boot Camp: Realizing the Vision

| February 24, 2011 |

[caption id="attachment_1288" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Activist Boot Camp in LA"][/caption]This is an excerpt from the openning chapter of the 200-page workbook from ASA's Activist Boot Camp. The next nationwide events will be Marh 19-20. look for local announcements.--- from "The Medical...

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Activist Boot Camp

| February 16, 2011 |

 This weekend, patients and advocates in more than twenty cities and nine different states will participate in ASA’s National Call to Action: Activist Boot Camp, the nation’s first virtual skills-building conference for medical cannabis activists. The Activist Boot Camp is...

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Trouble in Montana

| February 13, 2011 |

Medical cannabis patients and advocates all over the country should be paying attention to what is happening in Montana right now. The House of Representatives voted to repeal the state’s medical cannabis law on Thursday. If the Senate follows suit,...

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