Press Releases

Apr 142014

With Governor O'Malley's Signature, Maryland Becomes 21st Medical Marijuana State

Annapolis, MD -- Governor Martin O'Malley signed HB 881 into law today, making Maryland the 21st medical marijuana state. The Maryland House of Delegates voted 125-11 last week to adopt HB 881, a medical marijuana bill that protect patients with severe pain, nausea, wasting syndrome, seizures, and severe muscle spasms from arrest and prosecution. Qualified patients will be able to obtain their medicine from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, which will rely on licensed growers for their supply. Patients will be required to get approval from physicians who are approved by the state, and must obtain an identification card before they will be eligible to access a licensed dispensary.

Apr 092014

District Council Introduces Bill to Expand Condition List for Qualifying Medical Marijuana Patients

Washington, D.C. -- District of Columbia Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) introduced legislation yesterday that would lift restrictions on physicians that currently prevent them from recommending medical marijuana to any patient who might benefit from it. If signed into law, the "Medical Marijuana Expansion Amendment Act of 2014" will remove the current set of medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use, and replace it with language that gives physicians the discretion to determine which patients should qualify. "The recommendation for medical marijuana is between a doctor and their patient not government," said Council member Alexander in a statement issued earlier this week.

Apr 082014

Maryland Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Set to Become 21st State to Pass a Law

Annapolis, MD -- The Maryland House of Delegates voted 125-11 yesterday to adopt HB 881, a medical marijuana bill that improves upon the law that was adopted by the state last year. If signed by Governor Martin O'Malley, HB 881 will protect patients with severe pain, nausea, wasting syndrome, seizures, and severe muscle spasms from arrest and prosecution. Qualified patients will be able to obtain their medicine from licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTC), which will rely on licensed growers for their supply. Patients will be required to get approval from physicians who are approved by the state and must obtain an identification card before they will be eligible to access an MMTC.

Apr 072014

Advocates Brief Congress on Reclassifying Marijuana for Medical Use, Urge Action

Washington, D.C. -- More than 200 medical marijuana advocates, including patients, doctors, scientists, lawyers, and policymakers, will lobby their Members of Congress today in an effort to pass legislation that would reclassify marijuana for medical use. Medical marijuana advocates from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. this past weekend to participate in the second annual Unity Conference and Lobby Day hosted by the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which is also hosting a briefing for Congressional staff today at Noon.

Mar 202014

Seattle Medical Marijuana Dispensary is First in Washington State to Achieve National Certification

Seattle, WA -- The first medical marijuana dispensary in Washington State was certified today under a recently launched nationwide program that verifies the quality and reliability of products sold at licensed medical marijuana businesses. Today's certificate awarded to Dockside Co-op of Seattle is based on the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, a project of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry based on new quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP).

Mar 142014

Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Announces Second Annual Conference in Washington DC, April 5-7th

Washington, D.C. -- The country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), formally announced today its second annual Unity Conference, "Navigating Medical Cannabis in the Mainstream," to be held in Washington, D.C. on April 5-7, 2014. The conference will highlight medical and legal experts, policymakers, and a wide array of workshops and panels focusing on scientific research, strategic planning, and skills building. On Monday, April 7th, ASA will host a press conference at 11am, followed by a Hill briefing at Noon and a lobby day with hundreds of patient advocates.

Mar 122014

New Scientific Review of Epilepsy and Medical Marijuana Provides Scientific Foundation for Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Claims

Washington, D.C. -- The medical research group American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) issued a new scientific review today entitled, "Cannabis in the Treatment of Epilepsy," which it is offering for free to the public. The review compiles much of the leading and historical research on epilepsy and cannabis (medical marijuana)  for use by scientists, physicians, patients, and parents, as well as those producing and manufacturing it for treatment. Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will host a Google Hangout today, March 12th at 8pm EDT, featuring AHP director Roy Upton, ASA scientific advisory board member Dr. Sunil Aggarwal and others.

Feb 262014

Maryland Legislators Reignite Effort to Pass Comprehensive State Medical Marijuana Law

Annapolis, MD -- A medical marijuana bill introduced earlier this month by Maryland House Delegate Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore) and co-sponsored by nearly half of the House will be heard Friday at 1pm in the Health and Government Operations Committee. HB 1321 is a bill that would create clear rules for qualified patients and law enforcement, put in place a strictly regulated production and distribution system, and protect patients from discrimination. Del. Glenn will be joined by Maryland patients, parents and advocates to speak about the legislation at a press conference this Friday at 12pm in Room 406 of the House of Delegates Building.

Feb 202014

National Medical Marijuana Group Certifies First Dispensaries in Effort to Bring Quality Standards to the Industry

San Francisco, CA -- Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) certified the first two dispensaries in the country today for its new nationwide program that verifies the quality and reliability of products sold at licensed medical marijuana businesses. The certifications issued today to Berkeley Patients Group and SPARC of San Francisco are based on the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry based on new quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP).

Feb 142014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Welcome Long Awaited Change in Banking Policy for Licensed Businesses

Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana advocates are applauding a new memorandum issued today by the U.S. Departments of Treasury (DOT) and Justice (DOJ) giving long-awaited guidance to financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, to provide services to marijuana-related businesses in states where it's legal. A refusal to engage in these services has plagued medical marijuana businesses for years, dating back to the Bush Administration. Due to an aggressive accelerated policy under Obama Administration, States like California, Colorado, Washington, Michigan and others have been forced to deal in large amounts of cash.