Press Releases

Dec 162020

Americans for Safe Access Applauds Senate Passage of the Cannabidiol (CBD) and Marihuana Research Expansion Act - Americans for Safe Access

Washington, DC -- Last night, the U.S. Senate passed unanimously by voice vote the Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act (S. 2032). This marks the first time that a cannabis reform bill has passed the Senate. 

This bill combines two bills: the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act and the Marijuana Effective Drug Studies Act. If enacted into law, the bill would remove existing barriers to scientific and medical research on cannabis and its compounds including CBD (cannabidiol). Click here for the full list of provisions.

Dec 102020

Americans for Safe Access Applauds House Passage of the Medical Marijuana Research Act - Americans for Safe Access

Washington, DC -- Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a voice vote HR 3797, the  Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Andy Harris (R-MD). 

Dec 042020

The U.S. House Passes MORE Act; ASA Helps Secure Veterans’ Language in Bill - Americans for Safe Access

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), or  HR 3884, which was introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on July 23, 2019. The vote was historic, with the House voting for the first time to approve legislation to remove cannabis from Schedule I of  the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) worked closely with Congressman Lou Correa’s (D-CA) office to secure language in the measure as it was brought to the House floor that authorizes research on the mental and physical health applications of cannabis to veterans. “ASA would like to thank Congressman Correa who has been a strong champion of veterans cannabis research, authoring HR 712, the VA Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2019, which was the basis of the amendment,” said Dustin McDonald, interim policy director of Americans for Safe Access.  

Dec 022020

United Nations Considers Cannabis as Medicine; Removes Cannabis from Schedule In Historic Decision - Americans for Safe Access

Removing from Schedule IV Will Have Far Reaching Impact on Medical Cannabis Patients Around the World


Washington, DC -- Today, a historic decision by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was made when it adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations to remove cannabis and its resin from Schedule IV under the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, with the United States voting for the deletion from Schedule IV. A total of 27 countries voted in favor of removal from Schedule IV, 25 countries voted against, and one country abstained from voting (Ukraine). The Schedule IV placement is intended for drugs that are dangerous and lack therapeutic importance. 

Dec 012020

The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs May Consider Removing Cannabis from Schedule IV on Dec. 2 - Americans for Safe Access

ASA Urges the U.S. to Adopt the World Health Organization’s Recommendations 

Washington, DC -- On December 2, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will meet in Vienna, Austria and may consider adopting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations to remove cannabis and its resin from Schedule IV under the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 among other ground breaking recommendations. The placement in Schedule IV indicates that cannabis is dangerous and lacks therapeutic importance. It was not based on scientific evidence.

Oct 232020

Americans for Safe Access Join Forces with Leaf411 on Medical Cannabis Affordability Program - Americans for Safe Access

Washington, DC -- Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the leading advocacy organization working to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research, and Leaf411, a premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and directional support to the general public about the safe use of legal cannabis (marijuana & hemp), have partnered together on Leaf411’s Affordability program. The program offers low-income medical cannabis patients financial support in helping them to obtain their medicine. 

 

Oct 092020

CannaSafe Analytics Achieves Dual PFC Certification - Americans for Safe Access

Washington, DC -- We are pleased to announce that CannaSafe Analytics of Van Nuys, CA has been certified for laboratory analysis of cannabis products under our PFC laboratory certification program. They also become the first facility in the country to receive the PFC Health and Sanitation Certification. The Health and Sanitation certification was recently added to address current issues of health and safety during the ongoing pandemic. PFC is the only nonprofit third-party certification program for the cannabis industry based on quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP).

Sep 172020

Viridis Labs Achieves Dual PFC/ISO 17025 Certification - Americans for Safe Access

Washington, DC -- Viridis Laboratories of Lansing, MI has been certified for laboratory analysis of cannabis products under our dual PFC/ISO 17025 laboratory accreditation program in partnership with the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). PFC is the only nonprofit third-party certification program for the cannabis industry based on quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP). ISO 17025 is an internationally recognized laboratory standard for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, and is a required standard for many cannabis testing labs. Working with A2LA we have combined them into the most complete laboratory certification available.

Sep 142020

ASA Files Amicus Brief to Highlight Plight of Medical Cannabis Patients - Americans for Safe Access

Washington, DC -- Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the leading medical cannabis advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research, with the pro bono support of attorneys in Goodwin’s cannabis and appellate practice groups, filed an amicus brief  in support of the petition for certiorari filed in the matter of Washington v. Barr. The ASA amicus brief highlights the plight of medical patients who face numerous restrictions in accessing and using medical cannabis. 

Sep 102020

Americans for Safe Access Unveils 2020 Report Cards Analyzing Medical Cannabis Programs Across the United States - Americans for Safe Access

Washington, DC -- Today, during the National Cannabis Policy Summit online event, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is releasing an important report titled, “2020 State of the States Report: An Analysis of Medical Cannabis Access in the United States”. Every year, ASA spends months comparing every medical cannabis program in the United States with the purpose of analyzing which programs are doing well, where they are failing, and how the state programs can be improved to best serve the needs of patients. 

The nearly 200-page report provides a detailed analysis of medical cannabis programs on an ‘A’ to ‘F’ scale. States were assessed in five categories: 1) Patient rights and civil protections; 2) Access to medicine; 3) Ease of navigation; 4) Functionality; and 5) Consumer safety and provider requirements.