Resources for Policy Makers Policy Shop

Model Federal Legislation

Despite the amazing progress made by various state medical cannabis programs, safe access is still hampered by the conflict between federal and state laws. We proposed resolving this conflict through the federal legalization of medical cannabis via the rescheduling of cannabis and the creation of a federal Office of Medical Cannabis Control. The model legislative language below outlines the required CSA amendment as well as the creation and structure of the proposed agency.

ASA Policy Positions

Learn about ASA's policy position on medical marijuana

What is the Policy Shop?

Utilizing ASA’s eleven years of experience in implementing medical cannabis laws and our “Legislating Compassion” and “Regulating Compassion” policy tools, ASA staff offer patient advocates and policy makers legislative and regulatory analysis, amendments for legislation and regulations, strategy advice, campaign development and support, and targeted lobbying materials.

Pending State Legislation

Pending State Medical Marijuana Legislation.

Model State Legislation

This is ASA's principles of Legislating Compassion put into legislative form. This template for state-level legislation includes criminal and civil protections for patients. It also allows for personal cultivation and a dispensing center program. Our Dream Bill!

State by State Analysis

This annual report evaluates the array of differing state medical cannabis programs across the country from a perspective often overlooked in policy debates - the patients - and provides policy makers with model legislation and regulations.

AHPA Industry Standards

Founded in 1982, AHPA is the oldest of the non-profit organizations that specializes in service to the herbal industry. It is the voice of the herbal products industry and the recognized leader in representing the botanical trade. With more than 300 members, AHPA's membership represents the finest growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of botanical and herbal products.

Guide to Regulating Industry Standards

ASA has created the Patients Focused Certification (PFC) program. PFC is a non-profit, third party certification program for the medical cannabis industry and the nation’s only certification program for the AHPA and AHP standards. PFC is available to all qualifying companies cultivating, manufacturing, or distributing medical cannabis products, as well as to laboratories providing medical cannabis analytic services. PFC offers a comprehensive program that includes employee training, compliance inspections, ongoing monitoring, regulatory updates and an independent complaint process for consumers.

ASA’s Analysis and Public Comment

Over the years ASA has weighed in on state and local legislation and regulations. Look in this section to see if ASA has already responded to legislative proposals in your area.


ASA conducts and compiles research on issues affecting medical cannabis patients across the country.