Press Releases

Medical Cannabis Watchdog Group Launches Campaign to Implement Ryan’s Law

Posted by · December 21, 2021 11:22 AM

Provides Healthcare Facilities Tools to Implement, Patients and Physicians Tools to Utilize

Washington, DC -- Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA)  alerted all healthcare facilities in California that SB311 or “Ryan’s Law” will go into effect on January 1, 2022 and provided tools for facilities to  implement the law. This is part of a broader campaign to ensure smooth implementation state-wide. On September 28, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB311 into law, requiring healthcare facilities to allow the use of medical cannabis on their premises for terminally ill patients. The law applies to all healthcare facilities including: acute care hospitals, special hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, congregate living health facilities, and hospice providers. 

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ASA’s PFC Program Training Approved for Illinois Dispensaries as Part of Responsible Vendor Program

Posted by · October 06, 2021 12:16 PM

Washington, DC —  Americans for Safe Access’ PFC program has been approved by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) as part of the Responsible Vendor Program. All owners, managers, and employees of dispensaries in Illinois are required to take 8-10 hours of mandatory training at hire and at least 2 hours of additional training each year after, and PFC has been approved to provide that training.

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Americans for Safe Access Applauds Passage of MORE Act in House Judiciary Committee

Posted by · September 30, 2021 2:26 PM

Washington, DC -- Americans for Safe Access (ASA) applauds the passage of H.R. 3617, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), in the House Judiciary Committee today.

In December 2020, the MORE Act was passed on the full floor of the House of Representatives by a vote of 228 to 164, but was not considered for a vote on the Senate floor in the 116th Congress.

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Americans for Safe Access and CannaKeys Partner Together to Bring Cannabis Research to Patients, Healthcare Professionals, and Policy Makers

Posted by · September 01, 2021 6:07 AM

Washington, DC - Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and CannaKeys are partnering together to help broaden access to cannabis research and demystify the science of cannabis to support improved patient outcomes. As part of this partnership, all ASA members will receive a 30% discount on the CannaKeys 360 platform. In addition, ASA and CannaKeys will be working together on educational activities to help accelerate the use and safe adoption of cannabinoid therapeutics.

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ASA Submits Comments to White House on Impact of Federal Cannabis Policies on Patients

Posted by · August 06, 2021 4:09 PM

Washington DC -- Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) submitted comments to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in response to the White House’s request for comments issued on July 7. The focus of the request for public input was on the impact of federal drug control policy on equity communities. ASA’s comment letter addressed the challenges faced by patients using medical cannabis ranging from access, patient rights and civil protections to affordability, safety and consistency of cannabis medicine. The letter also raises the need for ONDCP leadership in reorganizing the agendas of federal departments and agencies to facilitate a pathway to federally-sanctioned cannabis medicine, and reform federal drug policies that have disproportionately harmed equity communities.

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Americans for Safe Access and Cannabis Patient Care™ Form Partnership to Share Medical Cannabis Content

Posted by · July 27, 2021 1:12 PM

Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research and Cannabis Patient Care™, a leading multimedia platform dedicated to advancing medical research, education, and treatment in the cannabis industry are excited to announce a partnership to share educational content and patient stories.

As part of their agreement, ASA will by-line articles focused on patient and advocate experiences in upcoming issues of Cannabis Patient Care™. In addition, Cannabis Patient Care™ will conduct interviews with various ASA chapters and highlight the work going on across the US to improve patient access and legalization efforts. All ASA members will receive a complimentary subscription to Cannabis Patient Care™.

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Senate Leader Unveils Draft Legislation that Builds on the MORE Act

Posted by · July 14, 2021 3:04 PM

Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with colleagues Cory Booker (NJ) and Ron Wyden (OR), introduced a discussion draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. The long-awaited introduction of this discussion draft invites input from other members of Congress, stakeholder organizations like ASA, and the public to weigh in on the bill’s contents and work to improve the measure before the final draft of the bill is introduced after September 1, 2021.

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Posted by · April 26, 2021 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 28 and 29 of this year, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will hold its 9th annual National Medical Cannabis Unity conference. For the last 8 years, ASA has brought together medical cannabis patients, caregivers, veterans, advocates, medical professionals, industry business leaders, health care providers, researchers, legal and regulatory experts, industry representatives to talk about the most important issues regarding medical cannabis access for patients. 

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Americans for Safe Access Becomes First and Only Accredited Cannabis Standard Setting Body

Posted by · April 20, 2021 7:41 AM

ASA’s Product Safety Certification Program, PFC, Internationally Recognized

Washington, DC —  American’s for Safe Access has achieved accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17065:2012 (Certificate #5284.01) standard for certifying bodies through their PFC Program. PFC is the first and only compliance program to obtain this international accreditation in the cannabis and hemp industries. This accreditation signifies that American for Safe Access’ PFC product safety program operates in a competent, consistent and impartial manner, giving clients and consumers the confidence and trust that is established by an impartial third party.

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