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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.

The July Activist Newsletter is out!

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Schumer Ready to Talk Cannabis Reform

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Alongside his colleagues Cory Booker and Ron Wyden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a draft bill titled: “Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act” (CAOA).

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.

Echoes of the Drug Crusade Shine Through Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension

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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 dash.

Executive Action Can Close the Medical Cannabis Access Gap for Veterans

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Despite the fact that 36 states have reformed their laws to provide for safe and legal access to cannabis for qualifying patients, veterans living across these states still face a confusing system of federal and state laws regarding physician engagement and affordable access.

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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.

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.

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

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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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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.

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.

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.

Check out ASA's May Newsletter!

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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.

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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

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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Talking to Your Doctor About Cannabis - CCN Interview

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An interview with Debbie Churgai by Abby Stoddard, PharmD, MBA on behalf of The Client Centered Network.

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.

The Cost of Non-Compliance

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While most cannabis and hemp businesses understand that they must follow a set of guidelines and implement certain quality control factors into their daily operations, many do not understand the depth of compliance and documentation needed to meet all state and federal requirements.

Congratulations to ASA's 2021 Award Winners

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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.

Medical Cannabis Patient Scores Important Victory in Employment Discrimination Lawsuit against Amazon in New Jersey

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Employment protections for medical cannabis patients in New Jersey could soon be strengthened following an important win for the plaintiff in an employment discrimination lawsuit filed against Amazon last year -- D.J.C. Amazon Com DEDC, LLC, et al.

Office of Medical Cannabis Control: A New Way to End the State/Federal Conflict Regarding Medical Cannabis

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There are now over 3 million medical cannabis patients across the country; ninety-one percent of Americans now live in states with some form of access to medical cannabis, while sixty-six of American adults are in favor of full legalization.

Biden Administration Must Address Health Equity in Federal Housing

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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 issues, patients have instead observed the administration backing away from this important work.

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Check out ASA's April Newsletter!

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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.

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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

Register for Unity 2021

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Americans for Safe Access is excited to announce the 9th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference on April 29-30, 2021. Unity 2021 will be our most accessible yet, with numerous “Pay What You Can” options, guaranteeing that no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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5 Ways to Thank Essential Workers

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While many of us are stuck inside, safe in our homes, most essential workers are still making their commutes into work every day.

Social Spaces for Members at Unity 2021

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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.

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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Check out the March Activist Newsletter!

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Each month, Americans for Safe Access publishes a newsletter for advocates that covers important federal, state and local developments, what's happening with ASA, and inspiring stories of local activists. Delivered via email to subscribers , you can also see it each month here on ASA's website.