Press Releases

The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs May Consider Removing Cannabis from Schedule IV on Dec. 2

Posted by · December 01, 2020 5:08 PM

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.

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

Posted by · October 23, 2020 9:15 AM

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. 


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CannaSafe Analytics Achieves Dual PFC Certification

Posted by · October 09, 2020 12:56 PM

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).

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Viridis Labs Achieves Dual PFC/ISO 17025 Certification

Posted by · September 17, 2020 11:10 AM

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.

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ASA Files Amicus Brief to Highlight Plight of Medical Cannabis Patients

Posted by · September 14, 2020 5:00 AM

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. 

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

Posted by · September 10, 2020 6:00 AM

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.

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Americans for Safe Access and The Cannigma Join Forces to Co-produce Podcasts for Cannabis Patients, Caregivers, Providers, and Supporters

Posted by · August 19, 2020 2:12 PM

Washington, DC -- Last week, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the leading advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research, and The Cannigma, a premier website dedicated to educating their audience about the healing properties of cannabis, announced a new partnership to educate patients, caregivers, providers and supporters on the latest issues surrounding medical cannabis through bi-monthly podcasts.  

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Essential Cannabis Employees Will Converge Online for a Free Training on Sanitation Practices in the Era of Covid-19

Posted by · April 14, 2020 9:39 AM

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, April 17, 2020, through its Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will hold a FREE safety training for essential cannabis workers during the COVID-19 crisis. This free live webinar will be held from 9-10am PST/12-1pm EST. Interested participants can register here for this free event. 

This 1-hour webinar is designed to provide information on health and sanitation best practices for cannabis industry workers. Attendees will learn about general types of cleaning, personal hygiene, measures such as social distancing, and guide students through the differences between general cleaning, sanitation, and sterilization. 

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COVID19 State Emergency Plans Confirm Medical Cannabis is Essential

Posted by · March 25, 2020 12:15 PM

Patient Advocates are Grateful States are Listening, Warn “There is More Action Still Needed”

WASHINGTON, DC — Last Monday, March 16, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation's largest medical cannabis patient advocacy organization, with coordinated stakeholders and allies, called on U.S. state and territorial governors (DC mayor) and medical cannabis program directors to allow cannabis businesses and dispensaries to remain open as “essential” businesses during COVID-19-related closings as well as a list of other measures that they should immediately put into place to protect patient access and the medical cannabis supply chain.

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Medical Cannabis Patients, Medical Professionals, Advocates, and Industry Leaders Will Converge Online for the 2020 National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference

Posted by · March 23, 2020 2:07 PM

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, March 27, 2020, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will hold its 8th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity conference. This year, for the first time ever, the conference will be held online due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of cancelling or postponing the conference, ASA decided to move this year’s Unity Conference from an in-person conference to an online conference in order to make their program content available to participants across the country. From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, ASA will share the latest developments in medical cannabis, discuss barriers to medical cannabis access, exchange ideas about how to navigate medical cannabis policy--nationally and globally--in this ever-changing political landscape, and demand action from state and federal elected officials.

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