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Feb 012019

WHO Announces Scientific Consensus on Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Contact: Debbie Churgai, 240.893.2153


World Health Organization Announces Scientific Consensus on Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Policy Now in the Hands of UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

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Geneva, Switzerland -- In an historic statement published today, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that cannabis and cannabis resin be removed from Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This would represent a major step forward in the medical use of cannabis worldwide since no government, including the U.S., can now refer to international treaty obligations as a reason for prohibition of the medical use of cannabis. Moreover, in line with the provisions of the Single Convention, governments would now be obliged to ensure the adequate availability of cannabis for the relief of pain and suffering of patients in their countries.

Jan 242019

Americans for Safe Access to Hold Event to Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis; Suggests Medical Cannabis as Safer Alternative - Americans for Safe Access

CONTACT: Reenal Doshi,, 240.893.2153 x.4

Americans for Safe Access to Hold Event to Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis; Suggests Medical Cannabis as Safer Alternative

WASHINGTON, DC – Friday, January 25, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will hold an event to raise awareness of the life-saving role that medical cannabis can play in the fight against the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. In 2017, ASA partnered with the U.S. Pain Foundation to launch the End Pain, Not Lives (EPNL) campaign to address the root of the opioid epidemic in the United States. The goals of the campaign include removing barriers to access to treatment for people with pain, chronic pain, and opioid use disorder. The campaign also focuses on educating medical professionals, legislators, service providers, and patients about medical cannabis as a safer alternative for pain management.

Jan 152019

Attorney General Nominee Calls on Congress to Create Federal Unified Policy on Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Pledges Not to Interfere with State Legal Cannabis Businesses

Contact: David Mangone | | 202-857-4272 ext. 5

Washington, DC — During his Senate confirmation hearings today, the Attorney General nominee to replace Jeff Sessions, William Barr, indicated that he doesn't plan on using Department of Justice resources to prosecute cannabis businesses that are compliant with state law. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) all questioned Barr about cannabis policy.

Dec 122018

Congress Permanently Legalizes Industrial Hemp through the 2018 Farm Bil - Americans for Safe Access

Contact: David Mangone | | 202-857-4272 ext. 5

Washington, DC — The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed legislation that legalizes industrial hemp, the H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 87-13 and the House by a margin of 369-47. The legislation is still awaiting the president’s signature to become law. The provision that legalizes hemp is part of a larger bill known as the Farm Bill. If signed into law, the bill would allow for the production of hemp in all fifty states. The bill would also legalize the production and processing of the cannabis compound cannabidiol (“CBD”) if the CBD is derived from a plant that contains 0.3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) by dry weight.

Nov 202018

Medical Cannabis Experts Go to South Africa at Requests of SADC Governments Adherence to United Nations Treaties, Localized Treatments, and Export Capabilities Top Concerns - Americans for Safe Access

Contact from ASA: Reenal Doshi | 202-857-4272 x.4 |

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Americans for Safe Access’s (ASA) research partner, the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI), is hosting a series of events for medical professionals, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) regulators, and future medical cannabis industry leaders. Following a series of requests for support and guidance, ICCI will be bringing global experts to Johannesburg to address concerns of policy makers and is opening up time with experts for medical professionals and those hoping to enter the medical cannabis industry in the region.

Oct 242018

Americans for Safe Access Evaluates Utah Compromise Bill on Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Contact: David Mangone | | 202-857-4272 ext. 5

Washington, DC — On October 4, 2018 Utah legislators released draft text of legislation known as the Utah Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill. This bill was drafted in response to Proposition 2, a citizen led initiative that legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis in Utah, and was intended to fix perceived issues and shortcomings with the initiative. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) previously scored Proposition 2 when the initiative was certified and gave the initiative a score of 61.80% (309.02 / 500 points) When scored on the same matrix, the Medical Cannabis Compromise Bill received a score of 57.87% (286.83 / 500 points).

Oct 232018

U.S. Non-Profit Certification Program Joins Forces with International Standards Group - Americans for Safe Access

Contact: Reenal Doshi | 202-857-4272 x.4 |

This week, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International), a global standards organization, and the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) announced a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on standards for the cannabis industry. ICCI, located in the Czech Republic, is the first European partner for ASTM International’s cannabis committee, which has grown to more than 500 members worldwide in its first two years.

Oct 042018

Americans for Safe Access Launches 2018 Medical Cannabis Voter Scorecard - Americans for Safe Access

Contact: Reenal Doshi | | (202) 857-4272 x4

Washington, DC – Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched its Vote Medical Marijuana voter guide. The campaign features an interactive online voter's guide that grades members of Congress on their votes and sponsored bills on the issue of medical cannabis legislation.

Sep 142018

UCBA Announces Launch of Americans for Safe Access LA Chapter - Americans for Safe Access

Contact: Debbie Churgai | 202-857-4272 x.8 | (ASA National Office)

Contact: Naomi Seligman | 310-617-4577 | (LA ASA Chapter rep)

LOS ANGELES (Sept 14, 2018) -- The United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA) will join forces with the Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s largest patient-focused medical cannabis advocacy organization, to launch the first ASA chapter in the Los Angeles area. Many patients in Southern California still face challenges with safe accessing cannabis, despite evidence supporting its efficacy, and policies legalizing such treatments. The new chapter will launch in October.

Aug 282018

Illinois Takes Huge Step Forward in Combating Opioid Crisis with Medical Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Contact: David Mangone | | 202-857-4272 ext. 5

Americans for Safe Access Calls on All States to End Pain, Not Lives by Passing Similar Legislation

Chicago, IL — Today at the Chicago Recovery Alliance, a nonprofit that oversees programs to prevent heroin overdoses, Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill that could greatly expand access to medical cannabis in the state of Illinois. The bill, SB 336, introduced by state Senator Don Harmon, allows certain individuals who have been given an opioid prescription to trade that prescription in for a medical cannabis card. The bill provides that a doctor may authorize the use of medical cannabis immediately for any patient who qualifies for a prescription of OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin or other opioids.