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ASA's 20th Birthday

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Happy Birthday ASA! I am so humbled by all that we have accomplished together over the last 20 years.

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5 Things You Need to Know When Traveling as a Medical Cannabis Patient

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Are you allowed to travel with medical cannabis? Can you cross state lines with medical cannabis? Can you bring cannabis on a plane or train? What about a bus? While in another state, what are the rules to purchase it legally?

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Mississippi Becomes 37th State to Legalize Medical Cannabis With a Law that Provides Limited Access to Patients

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On February 2, 2022, Governor Tate Reeves chose to sign SB 2095 into law, making Mississippi the 37th state to adopt medical cannabis laws. The adoption of these laws is the conclusion of a year-long struggle for the future of cannabis in Mississippi. .

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Product Safety Recalls - Vape Cartridges

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The issue of adulterants in cannabis vape products has once again resurfaced as the Pennsylvania Office of Medical Marijuana issued a notice to medical cannabis patients on February 4, 2022 advising them of a recall of over 500 different products containing substances not suitable for inhalation.

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Where the Money Grows: Learning the Industry Trends in Medical Cannabis, Recreational Marijuana, Hemp, and Beyond

Speaker: Jonathan Bench, International Cannabis and Securities Business Attorney at Harris Bricken

The U.S. cannabis industry is still in its infancy, even though states began engaging with legalization in one form or another in the late 1990s. Today, many opportunities exist for individuals and businesses that want to engage in the industry. Join international cannabis and securities business attorney Jonathan Bench as he provides some pitfalls and best practices for companies & individuals looking to engage with the U.S. cannabis marketplace.

When Charging Forward into Adult-Use Policy, Please Don’t Leave Patients Behind!

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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.

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Our Summary of the new Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

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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).

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Cannabis

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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.

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October/November issue of Cannabis Patient Care Magazine Now Available

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We're excited to say the the October/November issue of Cannabis Patient Care Magazine is now available online. You'll want to make sure you check out the first article, my interview with Dr. Marisa Weiss.

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Top Five key Takeaways from the 2021 State of the States Report

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25 years have passed since the first medical cannabis laws came into effect in California, and this year marks the 20th anniversary of ASA’s role in the fight for safe access.

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Patients Deserve a Federal Overhaul on Medical Cannabis

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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.

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A Year of Obstruction on Medical Cannabis In Mississippi Comes to an End

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The journey here has been a lengthy saga in the abuse of power by the prohibitionist lawmakers and bureaucrats of the Hospitality state who fought tooth and nail against the will of their constituents at every step in the process.

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United Nations Considers Cannabis as Medicine and Removes Cannabis from Schedule IV In Historic Decision

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Early this morning in Vienna, Austria, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) made a historic decision to adopt the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to remove cannabis and its resin from Schedule IV under the United Nations (UN) Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961.

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An Update on ASA’s Biden-Harris Can Do It! Campaign

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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.

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Cannabis is My Lifesaver

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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.

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Pledge to Demand Equity for Patients

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Despite the fact that a wide majority of 36 states have now created comprehensive programs to allow legal access to medical cannabis treatment, there are still vital conflicts in the web of state and federal regulations stemming from remaining federal prohibition.

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A Summary of our Comments and Recommendations of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

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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).

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New Issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter is out!

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The latest issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter has the news you need to stay informed and be an effective advocate.

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Americans for Safe Access’ ISO 17065: THE STANDARD FOR CERTIFICATION BODIES

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American’s for Safe Access has achieved accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17065:2012 ( Certificate #5284.01 ) standard for certifying bodies through it’s PFC program, making it the first compliance program to obtain international accreditation specifically for the cannabis industry.

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Congressional Action for Veteran Medical Cannabis Patients

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In the wake of the election many patients have questions about the priorities of the incoming Congress. million cannabis patients across the country are stuck under conflicting federal and state cannabis policy, with veterans comprising the largest contingent of them.

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ASA Announces Unity 2021 Speakers

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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

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Be there for veterans

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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 to raise a family.

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Pediatric Medical Cannabis Access in Schools

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A national perspective on safe access for students. At ASA, our goal is to ensure that every state has sensible cannabis policies that create safe and legal access for all patients.

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What We Accomplished in 2021

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Despite the Covid global crises, ASA was hard at work at the state and federal levels, and had a busy 2021. Here are just a few of the activities we accomplished last year

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Check out the June 2021 Activist Newsletter

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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.

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Medical Cannabis Patients and Adult-Use Consumers Won Big on Election Night: But What Does This Really Mean for Patients

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While many 2020 general election results remain a mystery until all votes are counted, voters were clear in expressing their support for all five statewide cannabis ballot initiatives offered this cycle.

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Biden-Harris Can Do It!

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There is a widespread perception that the first 100 days of a new presidential administration are a test of what to expect for the remainder of their term.

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ASA's 2021 Year in Review

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Check out ASA's annual recap of the important developments and events of the past year in the January issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter. ASA's 2021 Year in Review includes federal and state news and links to ASA campaigns, resources and member benefits.

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Congressional Action for Veteran Medical Cannabis Patients

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In the wake of the election many patients have questions about the priorities of the incoming Congress. million cannabis patients across the country are stuck under conflicting federal and state cannabis policy, with veterans comprising the largest contingent of them.

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What’s in a name? Marijuana, Cannabis, and Hemp

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Adapted from The Medicalization of Marijuana: Legitimacy, Stigma, and the Patient Experience (Routledge, 2019) by Michelle Newhart and William Dolphin. As with all things involving social controversy, dispute over what to properly call the plant known by the botanical name Cannabis Sativa L.

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ASA offers solution to DOJ research block: Our comments on the DEA’s proposed rules

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On March 23, DEA published a proposed rulemaking —“Controls to Enhance the Cultivation of Marihuana for Research in the United States”—in the Federal Register (85 FR 16292), involving who can grow cannabis in bulk for research purposes.

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How to Protect Medical Cannabis Businesses and Patients in 1 Easy Step

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Top 5 Key Takeaways from the 2020 State of the States Report

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Every year, Americans for Safe Access spends months comparing every medical cannabis program in the United States with the purpose of analyzing what each program is doing well, where it is failing, and how the state program can improve to best serve the needs of patients.

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Update to our State of the States scoring

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The 2021 Americans for Safe Access State of the States Report, to be released next month, will feature new report card formats and scoring that highlight key areas of medical cannabis policy that affect patient needs.

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Important Update from USDA

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The signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) into law resulted in the descheduling of hemp and opened the door to the wide scale production of the crop.

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Don't miss the latest ASA Activist Newsletter!

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Check out the October 2021 issue of the ASA Activist Newsletter for updates on developments that matter for medical cannabis advocates, including Congressional action on the revived MORE Act that could end federal prohibition.

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Cannabinoids, Influenza, and Coronavirus

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With everything happening in the news lately, we want to present some scientific data to help medical cannabis patients and adult-use consumers make informed decisions in regard to cannabis products available, product safety, and personal health. Each person’s health situation is unique, and medical cannabis patients should discuss with their doctor or healthcare provider the best approach to prevent and treat current illnesses while potentially battling influenza or coronavirus