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  • Medical Cannabis: Illinois, Arkansas Among The States Making The Most Progress, Patient Organization Demonstrates

    By Nicolás José Rodriguez for Benzinga

    "Americans for Safe Access’ State of the States report has been an important resource for me as I work to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to medical cannabis,” said PA State Rep Chris Rabb.

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  • Which States Are Making Progress With Medical Cannabis?

    By Nicolás José Rodriguez for GreenEntrepreneur

    “With a decline in legislative improvements in state medical cannabis programs, millions of patients are left with limited or no access,” said Debbie Churgai, ASA's executive director. “It is ASA’s hope that the report will inspire a renewed commitment to patients by policymakers to improve state laws and end the federal prohibition once and for all."

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  • California Cannabis Department Proposes New Regulatory Changes

    By Nicole Potter for High Times

    As for overall performance of California’s cannabis industry, the Americans for Safe Access annual “State of the States” review rated California as a “C+.” With high marks in “Consumer Protection and Product Safety” (154/200) and “Program Functionality” (85/100) and lower marks in “Affordability” (40/100), ranking it average among states in the country.

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  • Vermont Medical Cannabis Program Rated “D” in Americans for Safe Access 2021 Report

    From Heady Vermont

    Each year, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s largest nonprofit that represents medical cannabis patients, doctors, and researchers, prepares a report that assesses legislative and regulatory improvements in medical cannabis programs across the country.
    This comprehensive report provides a detailed analysis of the state of medical cannabis programs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories on an ‘A’ to ‘F’ scale.
    The state of Vermont’s medical cannabis program was rated a “D” in the ASA report.

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  • Grading Every State's Marijuana Program - Did Your State Do Well on Its Cannabis Report Card This Year?

    By Dana Smith for Cannabis.net

    “With a decline in legislative improvements in state medical cannabis programs, millions of patients are left with limited or no access,” explained ASA Executive Director, Debbie Churgai. “It is ASA’s hope that the report will inspire a renewed commitment to patients by policymakers to improve state laws and end the federal prohibition once and for all.”

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  • Texas still falling behind in access to medical marijuana

    By Pamela Comme for KVUE

    "This is a medical decision, just like any other medical decision that you would make. That decision and authority need to be left up to the patient and their physician who know the patient's health best and what will be best for the patient. And it shouldn't be left up to the Legislature or regulators to decide who will have access, or who can benefit from medical cannabis." - Abbey Roudebush

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  • Cannabis Tax Revenue Provides $31 Million to Arizona Community Colleges

    By Nicole Potter for High Times

    Arizona was also recently included in the annual Americans for Safe Access “State of the States Report.” The ASA report revisits progress, or lack thereof, in each state in regards to recreational and medical cannabis programs. No states received an A this year, and only two received a B (Maine) and B minus (Illinois) but a large majority of states received some form of C grade, including Arizona with a C minus. According to the Phoenix New Times, Arizona’s cannabis programs are on the average scale. “Arizona’s C- rating places it in the middle of the pack, but in the top half, with 18 state programs better, 32 worse, and four others the same.” Among its weakest points, according to the ASA, is the state’s program administration. However, it did receive higher marks for “Patient rights and civil protections,” “Consumer Protection and Product Safety,” and “Access to medicine.”

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  • Texas gets a failing grade on medical-marijuana advocacy group's annual report card

    By Sanford Nowlin for the San Antonio Current

    Texas is one of 13 U.S. states and territories to receive a failing grade on national medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access' 2021 report card.
    ASA's annual "State of the States" report analyzes each state's medical marijuana program, rating it on factors including access, affordability, legal protection, product availability and product testing and labeling.

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  • ASA Notes Decline in Medical-Cannabis Programs in Latest States Report

    By Steve Bloom for CelebStoner

    According to American for Safe Access, 2021 was not a great year for medical marijuana. The organization's 2021 State of the States Report analyzes medical-cannabis access in the U.S. No state scores an "A" and only two states (Maine and Illinois) receive "B" marks. From 2020 to 2021, just four states (Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana and Missouri) had improved grades. Every other state's grade declined.

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  • Arizona Gets a C- on Medical Cannabis Report Card

    By Cyrus Guccione for the Phoenix New Times

    In its latest State of the States Report, ASA said that Arizona's passing grade is largely because of its emphasis on recreational adult-use cannabis diverting resources away from the medical cannabis program.

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