Blog Voices from the Frontlines
On Thursday, August 10th, President Donald Trump told reporters that “the opioid crisis is an emergency…a national emergency.” President Trump is correct: the United States is in the middle of an opioid epidemic. From 1999-2015, over 183,000 Americans died from prescription-opioid overdoses. More worrisome than the total number of overdoses is that opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999, resulting in 33,091 deaths in 2015, with 16,000 alone from prescription opioid pain relievers.
On Monday, August 14th, Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Commission announced the approval of three PFC-certified companies to grow and process medical cannabis for the patients of Maryland who have waited so long. Along with ForwardGro, the first company to receive a Stage 2 license in Maryland, Freestate Wellness, Harvest of Maryland, and Green Leaf Medical are currently part of ASA’s Patient Focused Certification program.
By Joanne Cachapero for MG Magazine
Marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access warns the struggle is real.
Americans for Safe Access Executive Director Steph Sherer has the chops of someone who’s been an advocate for a long time—fifteen years so far, and no stopping is in sight for her or the organization. Based in Washington, D.C., ASA lobbies and advocates on behalf of medical marijuana patients, cultivators, manufacturers, and retailers.
There’s never a dull moment in the American capital, according to Sherer, especially under the current administration. “I think the cannabis industry has two amazing things going for it right now that have nothing to do with [the White House],” she said, laughing.
It's hard to go a day in Canada without hearing about at least one of two types of drugs – but for vastly different reasons. One class of drug—opioids —kills four people a day in British Columbia. The other —cannabis —will be legal for adult purchase and consumption by this time next year.
In the August 2017 Issue
- Senate Committee Passes Measure Protecting Patients
- Veterans Rights Amendment Clears Senate Committee
- ASA and Federal Task Force Urge Respect for State Programs
- PFC Offers Free Services for Laboratories, new webinars, podcasts
- Massachusetts Medical Society Promotes Cannabis Education
- ASA Activist Profile: Jill K. Swing, Charleston, South Carolina
- ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Congressional Reps
Can marijuana save the day? Not yet. But Americans in pain are already turning to the marijuana plant.
The hope: One day you’ll have a choice of varieties or formulations of compounds in marijuana — called “cannabinoids” — that bring relief, aren’t addictive, and leave your mind clear.
Safe Access Tennessee, a group working to advance cannabis therapeutics is speaking out. The medical marijuana group originally had plans to be part of tonight's Nashville Sounds educate Tennessee charity night -- when the entire event got canceled on Friday.
From August 6 through August 9, Americans for Safe Access was in Boston attending and exhibiting at the 2017 National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Legislative Summit.
The NCSL conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of state legislators, legislative staff, government officials and advocates. With over 6,700 attendees, we had a great time educating state legislators about safe access to medical cannabis.
As President Donald Trump declares the nation’s opioid epidemic a national emergency, there are still many questions about how to tackle the problem in a meaningful and long-lasting manner. One advocate for treating addiction, Joe Schrank, believes the answer lies in legalized medicinal marijuana. Schrank has detailed efforts to use cannabis as a conduit to wean addicts from using of harmful opioids as part of High Sobriety, a California-based treatment program.