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State of the States’ Medical Cannabis Programs

State of the States’ Medical Cannabis Programs

State of the States’ Medical Cannabis Programs

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 28, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today the medical cannabis advocacy organization, Americans for Safe Access, released its annual report entitled “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws.”

DEA’s Internal Review Process Results in Removal of Misinformation About Cannabis From Website

DEA’s Internal Review Process Results in Removal of Misinformation About Cannabis From Website

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – In a letter dated January 26th, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, learned that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied their Information Quality Act (IQA) petition requesting the correction of misinformation disseminated on the DEA website on the health effects of medical cannabis, originally filed more than a year ago.

Improving Medical Cannabis Programs Will Combat Opioid Crisis and Medical Cannabis Advocates

Sessions’ Actions Against Cole Memo Triggers Call to Action from Medical Cannabis Advocates

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — As first reported by the Associated Press, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is planning on rescinding the 2013 memo created by then Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

Improving Medical Cannabis Programs Will Combat Opioid Crisis and Medical Cannabis Advocates

Improving Medical Cannabis Programs Will Combat Opioid Crisis

Today, Americans for Safe Access released “Medical Cannabis as a Tool to Combat Pain and the Opioid Crisis: A Blueprint for State Policy.” The blueprint outlines legislative and regulatory solutions related to medical cannabis that states can utilize to combat the opioid epidemic.

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ASA Files Freedom of Information Act Requests

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On November 9, Americans for Safe Access, filed two requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for information on any discussions the Commission had about medical cannabis and specifically the only cannabis study referenced in the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis draft final report.

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House Committee Blocks Vote to Protect Medical Cannabis Patients

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Last night, the House Committee on Rules voted to not allow a floor vote on an amendment which would continue to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs. The amendment, introduced by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has been part of the appropriations package since 2015.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Senate Committee Stands up for Veterans Using Medical Cannabis

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted 24-7 to include an amendment introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in the FY2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

International Laboratory Certification Program Offers Free Services for Laboratories To Help Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Across the nation, opioid-related deaths and fatalities are decreasing in states that have medical cannabis programs, but the benefits are limited due to a lack of accurately labeled and tested cannabis products.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Medical Cannabis Patient Advocacy Group Partners with University of Maryland School of Pharmacy to Expand Training Needs of Cannabis Industry

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On Thursday, June 22nd, the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) Training Program will unveil its new training platform on the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s online learning platform. The partnership between PFC and the School of Pharmacy’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS) is directed toward medical cannabis businesses.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Safe Access Tennessee Launches Grassroots Patient Membership Groups

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s largest patient-focused medical cannabis advocacy organization, is pleased to announce new membership opportunities for medical cannabis patient advocates in Tennessee.

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Hawaii Receives a Grade of “B” for its Medical Marijuana Program

HONOLULU, May 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Hawaii Department of Health has received a “B” and ranked the fifth highest in the nation for its medical marijuana program, based on a recent report card of new, regulated medical marijuana distribution programs issued by Americans for Safe Access (ASA).

Congressman to Hold Press Conference on Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Congressman to Talk Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act

On May 15, 2017, Congressman Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced that he is going to hold a press conference outside of the U.S. Capitol on May 17 to discuss H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.

Rep. Garrett to Hold Press Conference on Federal Marijuana Deregulation Legislation

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett shared a reminder with details for a press conference highlighting H.R. 1227 – the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump's Signing Statement

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump’s Signing Statement

On May 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the 2017 omnibus funding bill, covering the federal government’s funding through Sept. 30. The bill contains a provision that bans the Department of Justice from using funds to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical marijuana; however, Trump issued a signing statement that has clouded the future of medical marijuana.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Cannabis Patients, Advocates, and Industry Leaders Converge at National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in D.C.

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Starting on Friday, April 7th and running until Tuesday, April 11th, medical cannabis industry business leaders, medical and legal professionals, advocates, and patients will gather at the Unity 2017 conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss common-sense policies and approaches to safe medical cannabis access and use. With the uncertainty of policies under a new U.S. administration, 2017 will be one of the most important years for medical cannabis policy ever.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Memo to Congress: DEA Dumped the “Gateway-Theory” Due To Science

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, sent a memo to Congress informing members that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed false information about cannabis from its website after months of public pressure.

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Nation’s Leading Cannabis and Drug Policy Reform Advocates Commend Congressional Members on Formation of Congressional Cannabis Caucus

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation from Website After Months of Public, Legal Pressure

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed factually inaccurate information from its website.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Over 100,000 Demand DEA Stop Disseminating False Information About Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Over 100,000 people have signed an Americans for Safe Access petition on Change.org demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Americans for Safe Access Responds to Senator Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, confirmation hearings began for attorney general nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions. In response, Mike Liszewski, Director of Government Affairs for Americans for Safe Access, released the following statement:

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

70,000 Demand DEA Stop Disseminating Blatantly False Information About Medical Marijuana

In a new petition from Americans for Safe Access and Change.org, over 70,000 people and counting, are calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop disseminating false information about medical cannabis immediately and ensure that any future information about medical cannabis treatment reflects medically-accurate and up-to-date facts.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

ASA and TheAnswerPage Launch New Program to Educate Doctors and Patients on Medical Cannabis – Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, and TheAnswerPage, an international resource for providing accredited continuing medical education since 1998, launched the Cannabis Care Certification (CCC) program.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Medical Marijuana Policy Roadmap Released by Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) released a briefing book —“Medical Cannabis in America”— calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to end the conflict between federal and state governments on medical cannabis programs.

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ASA Files Petition with DOJ Demanding DEA Correct Misinformation About Cannabis

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a petition with the Department of Justice (DOJ) today demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) immediately update misinformation about cannabis.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Patient Advocacy Group Releases Comparative Analysis of DEA Marijuana Scheduling Decision

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) disseminated a report comparing the body of research the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) used as a basis for their decision to keep cannabis (marijuana) as a Schedule I substance.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Medical Cannabis A Viable Strategy to Address the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) released the Medical Cannabis Access for Pain Treatment: A Viable Strategy to Address the Opioid Crisis report to educate legislators and health practitioners on the benefits of medical cannabis as a treatment option for the millions of patients suffering from chronic pain.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Cannabis Patients From Federal Prosecution

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269) was introduced in the United States Senate, which would ease research barriers and create exemptions from federal law for certain medical cannabis patients.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Patient Community Calls on Congress to Move Forward on Medical Cannabis Legislation

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) delivered a letter on behalf of 13 patient-based organizations to Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representatives Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Gene Green (D-TX) urging them to give the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S.683, H.R. 1583) a vote in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health, respectively.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Maine Medical Cannabis Business Achieves National Certification

AUBURN, Maine, June 30, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is pleased to announce that Remedy Compassion Center of Auburn, Maine has been certified for cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution of medical cannabis products under ASA’s Patient Focused Certification(PFC) program.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Medical Cannabis Advocates and CARERS Act Sponsors Hold Senate Briefing Urging Immediate Protection for Patients

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) presented a briefing on the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683/H.R. 1538) with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Patient Advocacy Group Partners with Internationally-Recognized Accreditation Body

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) are excited to announce a collaboration to develop a cannabis specific laboratory accreditation program.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Ohio Set to Become the 26th Medical Cannabis State

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Late on Wednesday night, the Ohio Legislature passed a medical cannabis (marijuana) bill, HB 523, which would create a system of retail distribution in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 18-15 in the Senate, followed shortly by a 67-28 vote in the House.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

ASA: National Medical Cannabis Advocacy Group Partners with Leading Global Law Firm

NEW YORK, April 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Orrick, a leading global law firm, is partnering with Americans for Safe Access’ (ASA) Patients’ Rights Project to provide pro bono support to medical cannabis patients, many if not most of whom are low-income, to navigate the often confusing legal landscape of medical cannabis laws.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

Patient Advocates Bring Medical Cannabis Issues to United Nations

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Steph Sherer, and Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access will join organizations and patient advocates from across the globe at at the UN Headquarters to continue preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016) on drug policy to be held April 19th-21st.

Americans for Safe Access Opioid Veterans Senate Committee

State Officials and Experts Applaud New Report that Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nation-wide

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) issued the report “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” today.

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Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision to Bolster the Science of Cannabis

On. Oct. 8, 2015, the American Chemical Society’s division of Chemical Health and Safety voted to form the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision, also known as CANN. The subdivision’s membership will include cannabis specialists in chemistry, research and industry regulations.

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Larry Harvey, Marijuana Patient Who Challenged DEA, Dies of Cancer

Larry Harvey, the Washington state medical patient who helped advocacy groups personify the draconian and misplaced impact of federal drug policy, died on Aug. 20, 2015. Harvey suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

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Gov. Brown Signs California Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Bill

On July 7, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 258, a bill that would protect medical marijuana patients from being excluded in the organ donation process. The bill breezed through both the state Senate and Assembly.

Illinois Patient Update

Illinois Market Watch: High Fees and Low Patient Count Complicating Business

Despite an ongoing national trend showing that acceptance of marijuana, particularly for medical use, is continuing to swing upwards, there are continued signs of a marijuana backlash in some states.

Proposed Legislation

Seattle’s Proposed License for Dispensaries Sparks Debate

News of proposed legislation to bring Seattle’s unregulated medical marijuana industry into the fold of the recreational marijuana market has divided some of the city’s marijuana advocates, with some saying the legislation will only hurt patients.

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House Compels Americans for Safe Access

Americans for Safe Access, a patient advocacy group, has been running targeted ads against two members of the house who voted against the bill, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., and Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. On June 11, I spoke with Kris Hermes, ASA’s media specialist, to find out about ASA’s ad campaign and his perspective on the marijuana movement.


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