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Americans for Safe Access is excited to announce the release of our annual report: “Americans for Safe Access State of the States Report for the Year 2021” which grades the array of differing medical cannabis laws and regulations across the country from a patient's perspective.
ASA scores each state and territory on six core categories as well as a penalties category. We also provide recommendations for every jurisdiction, model legislative language for lawmakers, and recommendations for state regulators. In this year’s report, the average grade across all jurisdictions was only 44.38% (D). This highlights the critical need for major improvements across the country.
The six core categories scored are:
- Patient Rights & Civil Protections
- Access to Medicine
- Program Functionality
- Health & Social Equity
- Consumer Protections & Product Safety
How did your state do?
Access a copy of this year’s State of the States report.
What can you do?
Every one of us needs to keep pressing our lawmakers, regulators, and officials to make the needed changes outlined in this report if we are going to keep this momentum going. This report not only provides you with a valuable tool for evaluating your own state’s program, but also gives you an analysis of what’s working and not working in other states. With this information, you can have more productive conversations with your legislators and officials on setting up or improving your state’s medical cannabis program.
Send this report to your state legislators today!
Nearly every positive advancement towards changing medical cannabis laws has been a result of people like you, organizing and petitioning their legislators to provide them with safe access to this medicine. Patient advocates spend thousands of hours every year in legislative briefings and administrative hearings, analyzing new regulations and laws, and lobbying their elected officials to pass and improve medical cannabis programs. Our work is saving lives!