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University of Maryland Suspends Plans for Medical Marijuana Certification Course

University of Maryland Suspends Plans for Medical Marijuana Certification Course

University of Maryland Suspends Plans for Medical Marijuana Certification Course

The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has suspended its plans to launch an online medical marijuana certification course.

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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.

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Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Cannabis Patients

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Medical Cannabis Advocates Call on Trump Administration to Use all Tools Available to Fight Opiate Crisis

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, June 16th, Governor Chris Christie (NJ) will chair the first meeting of the President’s commision on Drug Addiction and Combating Opioid abuse. Americans for Safe Access has submitted comments to the Commission detailing how medical cannabis can be used as a tool in fighting the opioid epidemic.

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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.

New Timeline for Hawaii Medical Marijuana as First Crops Harvested

New Timeline for Hawaii Medical Marijuana as First Crops Harvested

Just months after eight Hawaii companies were given the go-ahead to begin growing medical marijuana, the first crops are being harvested and the first dispensaries could be open this summer.

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.

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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.

Oversight in Cali: Los Angeles Approves Cannabis Licensing Commission

Oversight in Cali: Los Angeles Approves Cannabis Licensing Commission

On March 22, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion for the city to create the Cannabis Licensing Commission, with the commission being responsible for the oversight of the city’s recreational cannabis licensing process.

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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.

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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.

Pro-Marijuana Groups Respond to Sessions' Confirmation Hearing

Pro-Marijuana Groups Respond to Sessions Confirmation Hearing

Following the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee and anti-marijuana stalwart Jeff Sessions, pro-pot groups like National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and the Marijuana Policy Project responded with a blend of skepticism, concern and hope.

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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:

As Sessions Hearings Begin, Rumors About Shuttering Dispensaries Circulate

As Sessions Hearings Begin, Rumors About Shuttering Dispensaries Circulate

As U.S. Senate hearings began on Jan. 10, 2017, for Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-marijuana nominee for Attorney General, rumors about the Drug Enforcement Agency shutting down dispensaries were already circulating.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Police Raids Hit Major Northern California Medical Marijuana Brands

A popular medical cannabis brand in that gray area in Northern California was the subject of a local law enforcement sweep, according to scattered reports from sources today.

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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.

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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.

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US House of Representatives Approves Amendment to Create Access for Veterans to Medical-Cannabis

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Veterans Equal Access Amendment (VEAA) to the FY2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilConVA) Appropriations bill, which sets the budget for the Veterans Administration (VA).

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Host Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Hundreds from around the State are convening in Sacramento on Monday to meet with their elected officials and urge them to protect patients’ rights, defeat taxation measures, and support beneficial changes to the new Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA).

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State Department States NIDA Monopoly on Research Marijuana Unnecessary

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty.

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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.

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Pennsylvania Becomes 24th State to Legalize Medical Cannabis

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 18, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Yesterday, in front of a crowd of patients and advocates Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed SB 3, making Pennsylvania the 24th medical cannabis state in the country to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

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Maryland Passes Bill to Expand Certifying Providers for Medical Marijuana

ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 12, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Yesterday, the Maryland Senate by a vote of 36-10 passed HB104, Medical Cannabis – Written Certifications – Certifying Providers on the last day of the legislative session.

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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.

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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 Training Institute Offers Online Education

The Cannabis Training Institute helps educate and guide dispensaries, caregivers and professionals in the marijuana business through online education. Started by a former Citibank executive, the company was established with the goal of becoming the industry’s go-to place for online education.

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AHPA Unveils Medical Marijuana Guidelines

A common complaint made by opponents of medical marijuana is that the industry lacks standardization. They say dosage is imprecise, quality varies from plant to plant, safety regulations are insufficient and measurements are ineffective.

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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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