United Nations Considers Cannabis as Medicine and Removes Cannabis from Schedule IV In Historic Decision

| December 02, 2020 |

Early this morning in Vienna, Austria, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) made a historic decision to adopt the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to remove cannabis and its resin from Schedule IV under the United Nations (UN)...

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Congressional Action for Veteran Medical Cannabis Patients

| November 17, 2020 |

In the wake of the election many patients have questions about the priorities of the incoming Congress. 4.4 million cannabis patients across the country are stuck under conflicting federal and state cannabis policy, with veterans comprising the largest contingent of...

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Medical Cannabis Patients and Adult-Use Consumers Won Big on Election Night: But What Does This Really Mean for Patients

| November 04, 2020 |

While many 2020 general election results remain a mystery until all votes are counted, voters were clear in expressing their support for all five statewide cannabis ballot initiatives offered this cycle. This continues a trend from 2016, when eight out...

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Every Vote is a Medical Cannabis Vote

| November 02, 2020 |

With the November general election approaching and Congress looking to wrap up legislative work for the year in December, it is a good time to assess the status of cannabis reform. The 2019-2020 congressional session has certainly provided some hope...

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Pediatric Medical Cannabis Access in Schools

| October 21, 2020 |

A national perspective on safe access for students At ASA, our goal is to ensure that every state has sensible cannabis policies that create safe and legal access for all patients. This means we believe that patients who medicate with...

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ASA/PFC Submit Comments to USDA for the Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Program

| October 09, 2020 |

The United States Department of Agriculture closed its comment period after requesting information on the establishment of a domestic hemp program. ASA/PFC submitted comments for the 12 questions being asked, which included additional requirements for measurement uncertainty and requiring the...

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Top 5 Key Takeaways from the 2020 State of the States Report

| September 10, 2020 |

Every year, Americans for Safe Access spends months comparing every medical cannabis program in the United States with the purpose of analyzing what each program is doing well, where it is failing, and how the state program can improve to...

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Talking to Your Doctor About Cannabis - CCN Interview

| July 29, 2020 |

An interview with Debbie Churgai by Abby Stoddard, PharmD, MBA on behalf of The Client Centered Network. Oregon is one of the few but growing number of states that have both a medical cannabis program and an adult use (recreational) program,...

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What’s in a name? Marijuana, Cannabis, and Hemp

| July 06, 2020 |

Adapted from The Medicalization of Marijuana: Legitimacy, Stigma, and the Patient Experience (Routledge, 2019)  by Michelle Newhart and William Dolphin As with all things involving social controversy, dispute over what to properly call the plant known by the botanical name...

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ASA offers solution to DOJ research block: Our comments on the DEA’s proposed rules

| June 02, 2020 |

On March 23, the Drug Enforcement Administraction (DEA) published a proposed rulemaking—“Controls to Enhance the Cultivation of Marihuana for Research in the United States”—in the Federal Register (85 FR 16292), involving who can grow cannabis in bulk for research purposes.  Americans...

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