Historic California Medical Cannabis Regulations Advance

California lawmakers have reached a historic compromise on regulating the world’s largest medical pot economy.

CALIFORNIA:  California lawmakers have reached a historic compromise on regulating the world’s largest medical pot economy — paving the way for recreational legalization in 2016. Yesterday, a sweeping bill to regulate California medical marijuana passed the California Assembly with a resounding, bipartisan 60-8 vote. Assembly Bill 266 was crafted by police, merged with an industry-backed Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Supporters Host Patient Education Event

In an effort to increase patient numbers, a daylong event planned Saturday in Chicago aims to answer questions for patients who've been on the fence about entering the medical marijuana program.

ILLINOIS:  Patient numbers have been low so far in the Illinois medical marijuana program. A daylong event planned Saturday in Chicago aims to answer questions for patients who’ve been on the fence. Americans for Safe Access-Illinois and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago are co-hosting the event. A $25 workshop for patients and caregivers will be followed by a Read the full article…

The Millionaire Who Wants To Control Washington’s Weed

The state of Washington’s legal marijuana market is at a major crossroads, with its fate to be determined by pending legislation that seeks to address a conflict in the system.

WASHINGTON:  The state of Washington’s legal marijuana market is at a major crossroads, with its fate to be determined by pending legislation that seeks to address a conflict in the system. In the big picture, the choices to be made along the path ahead boil down to a struggle between business and patient interests. The Read the full article…

Medical Cannabis Lobby Day In Olympia Brings Out Local Business Owners

In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states.

By TwiceBakedinWA WASHINGTON: While attending the 2015 Medical Cannabis Lobby Day in Olympia, Washington, I had the chance to talk with Ah Warner CEO of Cannabis Basics, a  Seattle-based company that makes cannabis topicals. Ah was in the State Capital representing Americans for Safe Access and lobbying for the big medical marijuana bills that will potentially pass this legislative session. She was Read the full article…

Historic Senate Pot Vote Imminent

Historic Senate marijuana vote imminent.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Advocacy groups like the Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and Americans for Safe Access are urging citizens to contact their Senator today as a historic vote on de-funding the war on weed nears. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) proposed amendment to the Commerce, Science & Justice appropriations bill would block the Department of Justice Read the full article…

“Vote Medical Marijuana” TV Ads Air All Week Spotlighting Congressional Members in Washington State

"Vote Medical Marijuana" TV ads air all week spotlighting congressional members.

WASHINGTON:  The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is running two new 30-second TV advertisements on MSNBC, CNN, and HLN in eastern Washington every day this week. The ads draw attention to the Kettle Falls 5 case–a federal prosecution against patients lawfully growing for their own personal use–and spotlight how Members of Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on Monday to push for legislation that would prohibit the federal government from restricting state medical-marijuana laws. “We’re doing this work,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical-pot group that brought 152 people to Washington to lobby 300 members of Congress. “It’s Read the full article…

Women Move To The Front Of Pro-Pot Movements

Michigan Moms United founder Charmie Gholson speaking at Hash Bash in Ann Arbor.

MICHIGAN: Members of the group Michigan Moms United gathered outside the state Department of Human Services last week, along with other groups protesting the controversial removal of 6-month-old Bree Green by Child Protective Services from her Lansing family.

Berkeley City Council To Consider Increasing Number Of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Medical cannabis dispensaries such as Berkeley Patient’s Care Collective may increase in number, pending a City Council discussion Tuesday.

CALIFORNIA: Berkeley City Council will discuss increasing the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the city from four to six at Tuesday’s meeting.

Medical Marijuana Patients Need Protection NOT Policy Rhetoric. Will Congress Step Up?

If the second Cole Memo is truly aimed at helping patients, Congress must step in and grant states time to bring themselves into compliance without threats and intimidation by rogue U.S. Attorneys.

CALIFORNIA: Last Thursday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a long-awaited memo laying out the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) policy on state marijuana laws. At my office at Americans for Safe Access, we were all experiencing a kind of déjà-vu as the emails started flooding in. However, our excitement began to diminish as we read through the details.