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  • The September Activist Newsletter is Out!

    Sep 29, 2021, 10:49 am
    Check out the September 2021 issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter to read ASA's patient-focused policy demands for the new Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA). We also have updates on new industry training courses available from PFC, an update…
  • A Summary of our Comments and Recommendations of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

    Sep 9, 2021, 12:01 pm
    Last week ASA submitted our comment letter to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY), and Senators Booker (D-NJ) and Wyden (D-OR) on their draft cannabis reform legislation known as the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA). Released…
  • Our Summary of the new Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

    Aug 20, 2021, 4:26 pm
    On July 14, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced the long-awaited introduction of comprehensive federal cannabis reform legislation – the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA). The discussion draft was introduced in partnership…
  • When Charging Forward into Adult-Use Policy, Please Don’t Leave Patients Behind!

    Aug 6, 2021, 12:01 pm
    A common challenge patients often experience when adult-use laws are adopted in their state is that legislative and regulatory improvements to medical cannabis programs are suspended while states pivot to organize adult-use models. As states continue to update…
  • The July Activist Newsletter is out!

    Jul 28, 2021, 8:00 am
    Check out the July 2021 issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter to find out about the long-awaited Senate cannabis legalization proposal and what ASA is doing to shape it to meet patient needs. You'll also read about what ASA is doing to get changes in cannabis…
  • Schumer Ready to Talk Cannabis Reform

    Jul 20, 2021, 3:50 pm
    Alongside his colleagues Cory Booker and Ron Wyden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a draft bill titled: “Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act” (CAOA). As a draft, the bill invites input from other members of Congress, stakeholder…
  • Echoes of the Drug Crusade Shine Through Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension

    Jul 15, 2021, 11:18 am
    During the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.86 seconds. That earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the upcoming Tokyo games, where she would be the favorite for gold in the 100 meter…
  • Check out the June 2021 Activist Newsletter

    Jun 18, 2021, 6:21 pm
    The June 2021 ASA Activist Newsletter is now out. Our lead story is the reintroduction of the MORE Act, the most comprehensive cannabis reform bill ever to go before Congress. Also Amazon announced its public policy team will be lobbying for the MORE Act, and…
  • Top 10 Things You Should Know About Cannabis

    Jun 14, 2021, 3:53 pm
    While mainstream culture in the U.S. has come to accept cannabis as not the dangerous and addictive substance of after school special legend, general public knowledge about the plant remains fairly low. Cannabis is a complex plant, and decades of research have…
  • An Update on ASA’s Biden-Harris Can Do It! Campaign

    Jun 11, 2021, 9:00 am
    When then presidential candidate Joe Biden released his approach to federal cannabis policy in May of 2020, it marked the first time in history a major party presidential candidate included a cannabis-specific policy goal in their campaign. The announcement…
  • Check out ASA's May Newsletter!

    Tue 5:01pm
    The May 2021 ASA Activist Newsletter is now out. Our lead story addresses the ISO 17065 Accreditation of our PFC program and explains why PFC becoming the first cannabis certification body to have achieved this matters so much.…
  • Congratulations to ASA's 2021 Award Winners

    May 17, 2021, 5:55 pm
    We recently concluded our 9th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference. One of our favorite parts of Unity is where we get to honor the individuals and groups that made major contributions to medical cannabis over the previous year. These awardees…
  • Americans for Safe Access ISO 17065 Accreditation: THE STANDARD FOR CERTIFICATION BODIES

    Apr 20, 2021, 7:10 am
    Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has created the medical cannabis market through the crafting and monitoring of legislation and regulations at all levels of government. As a patient advocacy organization, product safety has been a top priority since our…
  • Check out ASA's April Newsletter!

    Apr 16, 2021, 1:27 pm
    Check out ASA's April 2021 newsletter for the agenda for the upcoming Unity conference and info on more than 30 amazing speakers. Registration for Unity is sliding scale, so everyone has a chance to participate.…
  • Patients Deserve a Federal Overhaul on Medical Cannabis

    Apr 15, 2021, 5:35 pm
    In 1970, President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act, which updated and consolidated previously scattered narcotics legislation to form the federal guidelines on controlled substances used to this day. Cannabis was listed as a Schedule I substance, a…
  • Biden Administration Must Address Health Equity in Federal Housing

    Apr 13, 2021, 11:00 am
    Since winning election in November, the Biden-Harris administration has been silent on the issue of federal medical cannabis reform. Rather than following through on campaign trail promises to support state medical cannabis programs and medical cannabis equity…
  • Cannabis is My Lifesaver

    Apr 9, 2021, 10:00 am
    Eryck Stamper retired from the US Navy in 2013 as a decorated Senior Chief Petty Officer. After a few jobs in the Maryland Park Service and government contracting, he found his way into the cannabis industry as a budtender. He later founded Veterans Initiative…
  • Be there for veterans

    Apr 6, 2021, 6:00 pm
    Jose Belen is a native of Amsterdam, New York. At 19, he enlisted in the army and deployed to Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2005 and eventually settled in Florida where he started a career in real estate and began…
  • ASA Announces Unity 2021 Speakers

    Apr 1, 2021, 3:12 pm
    We’re excited to announce our first round of featured speakers for the 9th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference April 29-30! View the full agenda, speaker profiles and register to attend!
  • Social Spaces for Members at Unity 2021

    Mar 31, 2021, 4:01 pm
    One of our major goals for our 2021 National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference is to bring the social and community aspects of past Unity conferences forward into a virtual conference. We want Unity 2021 to be a place for patients, advocates and professionals…

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