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After the DEA decision and federal court ruling, it's time for Congress to pass the CARERS Act

ASA Exec. Dir. Steph ShererASA Executive Director Steph Sherer published a blog in the Huffington Post on Friday responding the the Drug Enforcements Administration's decision not to reschedule cannabis and to a landmark federal court ruling that upholds ASA's position that the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment prohibits the federal prosecution of conduct that is allowed by state medical cannabis laws. Steph points out that the ball is now back in Congress' court. It is time to pass comprehensive federal reform, and there is already a solution on the table - the CARERS Act.

Read and share Steph's blog on the Huffington Post website. 


Congress Must Act to Reclassify Cannabis Under Federal Law

Acting DEA Administrator RosenbergToday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its decision to keep cannabis in its current Schedule 1 status. This decision will have substantial implications for the two million patients that currently have access to medical cannabis and cannabis products under state laws. Schedule I status means that the DEA sees no accepted medical use of cannabis.  

The Controlled Substances Act requires an 8-Factor Analysis from the HHS upon which the DEA makes it determination for all scheduling, or rescheduling, decisions. Previous efforts to reschedule cannabis have also been blocked by the DEA, who remain the most steadfast in maintaining their opposition to cannabis reform under the Obama administration.

Pictured: Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg 

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ASA’s “8-Factor Analysis” Calls for the Federal Removal of Cannabis from Schedule I

ASA reportcoverToday, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) disseminated copies of an independent 8-Factor Analysis conducted in support of current petitions requesting removal of cannabis (marijuana) from Schedule I status in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The document was sent to all members of Congress, as well as heads of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the DEA, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is about to make a very important decision regarding whether or not to reschedule cannabis from its Schedule I status. This decision will have substantial implications for the two million patients that currently have access to medical cannabis and cannabis products under state laws. Cannabis has been listed as a Schedule I substance - defined as a drug with high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use - along with heroin and LSD since the 1970’s. This Schedule I status makes it illegal to grow, possess, use, or distribute under federal law. While many other drugs have been rescheduled, cannabis has stayed in Schedule I for 46 years. 

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ASA's report points the way towards a more rational global approach to medical cannabis

International coalition handing off the UNGASS report ASA’s 4th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference ended on Tuesday in Washington, DC, and we have already seen results in the national and international arena. We are going to make 2016 a historic year for medical cannabis, and we need your help to do it.

One of the most exciting parts of the conference was the preparation of a report for the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). Conference participants peer-reviewed the report on Sunday, and ASA submitted the 91-page report to CND on Monday morning. The report answers important scientific questions about medical cannabis, and outlines a pathway towards international reform.

Pictured: ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and an international delegation from France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Jamaica delivering the report in Washington, DC.

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Join hundreds of advocates supporting the CARERS Act in DC today by calling Congress

Hundreds of medical cannabis patients, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders are visiting lawmakers in Washington, DC, this morning to support the first comprehensive bipartisan federal medical cannabis reform bill ever introduced in the US Congress.

Participants in ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference are on Capitol Hill to support the CARERS Act right now. Can you make three phone calls to help get that bill passed this year?

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical cannabis legislation that has ever been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. This bipartisan legislation would remedy the state/federal conflict over medical cannabis laws.

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Eight Things Obama can do to Bring Relief to Medical Marijuana Patients

2013-03-03T151338Z_2_CBRE9210K7L00_RTROPTP_4_USA-FISCAL-OBAMA-SHUTDOWN.jpgIn the past year or so, the federal government has taken a number of steps towards easing the crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana patients that began shortly after California passed Prop 215 in 1996. From the passage and signing on the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, to the introduction of the CARERS Act, to lifting the Public Health Service (PHS) Review Process that inhibited research, to the Senate Drug Caucus hearing on cannabis-based therapeutics, it is clear that both Congress and the Administration see the current policies against medical marijuana research and access are not sustainable for much longer.  And with President Obama's announcement that many people who are currently incarcerated for federal marijuana violations may be released, it seems likely that he would be willing to consider additional options to keep the momentum going.

Despite this undeniable progress, there is a great amount of work left to be down, most prominently in the area of immediate access. Here are several things that President Obama can either take action directly on or encourage his Administration to do so that would incrementally help end the federal war on medical marijuana patients. Many of these items would ultimately be better served through passage of the CARERS Act, as it would be binding and permanent legislation that another subsequent POTUS could not ignore. However, there is no reason for Administration to wait for Congress to act, and here's a list of several things they should get started on.

 

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Obama, federal court, the state legislature, & more

President ObamaWhen asked if he supported the CARERS Act, in an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta last night, President Obama said “I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue…” The President was talking about groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that would end federal interference in medical cannabis in California and other medical cannabis states. His comments are another sign of how far we have come. Read more about the President’s interview, an important case in federal court, bills in the state legislature, and local developments around medical cannabis in the California Weekly Roundup for Monday, April 20, 2015.

You can hear more about what the President’s comments do and don’t mean in a Live Google Hangout tonight. The program will feature ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer,  PA State Senator Mike Folmer, medical cannabis researcher Jahan Marcu Ph.D, U.S. combat veteran and activist with Grow for Vets Matt Kahl, and Weed 3 participant Dr. Sue Sisley. Join the interactive event live from your computer or mobile device tonight at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_live

Be sure to read ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer’s blog about our 13th birthday!
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/how_are_you_celebrating_today

And finally, don’t forget to email you California Assembly Member in support of AB 258. A vote on the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act in the State Assembly could come at any moment this week.
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/ca_assembly_support_ab_258_and_save_lives

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How are you celebrating today?

Birthday cakeToday is the 13th anniversary of the founding of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which has become the nation’s largest and most influential patient advocacy group. ASA wants to say a very special thank you to the members, donors, and volunteers who have helped us accomplish so much! 

Can you help us celebrate by renewing your membership or making a special donation today?

We’re getting a big birthday present today. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has brought stories of everyday Americans that obtain essential benefits from medical cannabis products into the living rooms of millions of Americans, is broadcasting Weed 3 on CNN tonight 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT. We expect this broadcast to have a big effect on the national dialog about medical cannabis. You can talk with an all-star line of medical cannabis experts about the program and its significance on a Live Google Hangout tomorrow, April 20th, at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.

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Hello from Washington, DC

Hello from Washington, DC. ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference is underway! I am going to the US Capitol Building with almost 100 Californians tomorrow for our third annual Citizen Lobby Day to support the CARERS Act – an unprecedented bill that would finally end federal interference and intimidation in California.

While we lobby Congress tomorrow, our state and local lawmakers will still be trying to figure out what to do with medical cannabis in California. Sacramento Bee reporter Jim Araby argues it is time to regulate the state’s “Wild West” approach to medical cannabis, and a new study on water use and cannabis cultivation will pressure lawmakers to crack down. The state legislature has scheduled four hearings on medical cannabis bills – and more are on the way! Meanwhile, cities and counties all over the state continue the nineteen-year old debate about how to handle to medical cannabis.

Read about all the medical cannabis news, events, meetings, and court support requests in ASA’s California Weekly Roundup for Monday, March 30, 2015.

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