- About About
Medical Patient Resources Becoming a State-Authorized Patient Talking to your doctor Which conditions qualify? The Medical Cannabis Patient’s Guide for U.S. Travel Patient's Guide to CBD Patient's Guide to Medical Cannabis Guide to Using Medical Cannabis Condition-based Booklets Growing Cannabis Cannabis Tincture, Salve, Butter and Oil Recipes Leaf411 Affordability Program Tracking Treatment & Gathering Data with Releaf App Medical Professional Resources CME for Medical Professionals Cannabis Safety Medical Cannabis Research
- Legal Legal
Advocacy ASA Chapters Start an ASA Chapter Take Action Campaigns No Patient Left Behind End Pain, Not Lives Vote Medical Marijuana Medical Cannabis Advocate's Training Center Resources for Tabling and Lobby Days Strategic Planning Civics 101 Strategic Messaging Citizen Lobbying Participating in Implementation Movement Building Organizing a Demonstration Organizing Turnout for Civic Meetings Public Speaking Media 101 Patient's History of Medical Cannabis
- News News
Policy Model Federal Legislation Download Ending The Federal Conflict Public Comments by ASA Industry Standards Guide to Regulating Industry Standards Recognizing Science using the Data Quality Act Fact Sheet on ASA's Data Quality Act Petition to HHS Data Quality Act Briefs ASA Data Quality Act petition to HHS Information on Lawyers and Named Patients in the Data Quality Act Lawsuit Reports 2020 State of the States Medical Cannabis in America Medical Cannabis Access for Pain Treatment
- Join Join
Washington, DC - Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is encouraged by the introduction of the bicameral and bipartisan medical cannabis (marijuana) research bill, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016. The original sponsors in the House; Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Sam Farr (D-CA), Andy Harris (R-MD), and Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and in the Senate; Brian Schatz, (D-HI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chris Coons, (D-DE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are to be commended for their sincere efforts to remove federal barriers to medical cannabis research.
ASA is supportive of the objectives of the bill and agrees that it would do much to help facilitate clinical trials and medical cannabis research in the United States by decreasing the current barriers and increasing access to researchers. However, because the bill does not include protections from federal interference for the existing state medical cannabis programs and the more than 2 million Americans who rely upon them for their physician-recommended therapy, ASA can not endorse the bill at this time.
Ending the conflict between state and federal medical cannabis laws is the primary goal of Americans for Safe Access. For that reason, ASA remains focused on passing the CARERS Act (S. 683, H.R. 1538), which would protect existing state programs and patients. While more research is certainly desirable, patients cannot wait for the years or decades it may take for the results of this research to drive further Federal policy changes.
A patient today diagnosed with late-stage cancer needs immediate relief. A child living with epilepsy may lose much of their childhood to seizures while waiting for federally-approved products to hit the market. There are more than 50 medical conditions included in existing state medical cannabis programs, and the patients with those conditions need federal protection.
ASA looks forward to working with the bill sponsors and other interested parties to help ensure that protections for existing state programs and the patients who rely upon them are truly free from the threat of federal arrest and prosecution when abiding by their state medical cannabis laws.