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  • Medical Cannabis Access In The USA Evaluated

    By Gillian Jalimnson for Hemp Gazette

    A new report analysing the effectiveness of state medical cannabis programs finds most are falling short in fulfilling needs of patients.

    The USA’s first medical cannabis law passed in 1996 in California. Today, 48 states have such laws. But the nature and efficacy of programs varies greatly between states. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) last week released a report evaluating these programs from a patient perspective.

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  • Industry group says Colorado’s cannabis industry is falling behind

    By Kacie Sinton for KKCO11

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Colorado led the charge towards the legalization of marijuana for decades, and was among the first to legalize the drug for medical and recreational use. However, an industry group says that the state is falling behind.

    Cannabis legalization advocates blame a law that went into effect last year that caused a steep drop of more than 15 thousand medical users. The law made it harder for people under 21 to get a medical card, and restricts how much marijuana patients can buy. A debate over altering the law is slated to for the state senate Thursday afternoon.

    Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans For Safe Access said, “Colorado legislators and Governor Polis presided over the single worst rollback of medical cannabis” it has ever witnessed.

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  • Americans for Safe Access cites areas of improvement for NY’s medical cannabis program

    By Taylor Huang for NY Cannabis Insider

    A national organization focused on legal access to medical marijuana thinks New York still has a ways to go to improve access, affordability and equity in its medical program – among other key issues.

    Last week, Americans for Safe Access released its 2022 report, which ranks each state’s medical cannabis program according to a set of metrics. New York, which legalized medical marijuana in 2014, received a C- grade.

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  • State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

    By Adam Goldstein for Ohio Capital Journal

    WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.

    Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a nonprofit, has put out the document to advocates and state policymakers since 2014, as a tool to “assess and improve medical cannabis programs.”

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  • State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

    Georgia among states with failing grades

    By Adam Goldstein for The Georgia Recorder

    WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.

    Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a nonprofit, has put out the document to advocates and state policymakers since 2014, as a tool to “assess and improve medical cannabis programs.”

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  • Maryland Tops ASA's List of Medical-Marijuana States in 2022

    By Steve Bloom for CelebStoner

    Maryland is among just five states to receive B- grades in Americans for Safe Access' 2022 State of the States Report . The Free State ranks No. 1 with an overall score of 75.71%. "In addition to lower prices, patients surveyed in Maryland reported more accessibility," the report notes.

    The other B- states are Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan and Rhode Island. No other states rated higher. In last year's report, Maine and Illinois scored B grades.

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  • Report: Zero Medical Cannabis Markets Are Fully Meeting Patients’ Needs

    By TG Branfalt for Ganjapreneur

    The medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access has released its annual “State of the States” report, which grades the states on their medical cannabis access options, and zero U.S. states or territories received an “A” from the organization.

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  • State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

    By Adam Goldstein for Maryland Matters

    WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.

    Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a nonprofit, has put out the document to advocates and state policymakers since 2014, as a tool to “assess and improve medical cannabis programs.”

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  • State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

    By Adam Goldstein for The Daily Sentinel

    WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.

    Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a nonprofit, has put out the document to advocates and state policymakers since 2014, as a tool to “assess and improve medical cannabis programs.”

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  • State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

    By Adam Goldstein for Tennessee Lookout

    WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers. 

    Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a nonprofit, has put out the document to advocates and state policymakers since 2014, as a tool to “assess and improve medical cannabis programs.”  

    ASA Executive Director Debbie Churgai said that one of the main surprise findings of this report was the lack of progress being made to strengthen and develop the medical cannabis sector. 

    “This was the first report that we saw the fewest improvements in the states,” Churgai said. “So much so that I felt a little shocked at first.” 

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