Shawn DeNae: The Exhausting Work of A Cannabis Business Advocate

It is past time for those who are thriving in the medical and recreational worlds to start contributing rather than continuing to rely on a small group of volunteer advocates to do the heavy lifting.

By Shawn DeNae Advocating for cannabis reform is energy consuming business.  I’m tired and I’m not alone. When I became involved in late 2010, I fed off the intense enthusiasm and passion of the cannabis community.  There was a huge push to get an medical marijuana bill passed and via a miracle, SB5073 passed both 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…

5 Things To Know About Lawmakers’ Efforts On Marijuana In Washington

"We need to get the two systems functioning as one," Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said recently.

WASHINGTON: Medical marijuana activists feel like they have their back to the wall as the Legislature tries to rein in an unregulated system that many people believe is unfairly competing with heavily taxed recreational pot sales in Washington state. Hundreds are expected in Olympia on Thursday as lawmakers hold their first big hearing on the topic Read the full article…

Minnesota Cannabis Legalization Bill Leaves Majority of Patients Out in The Cold

Patients push back against restrictive Minnesota MMJ laws

MINNESOTA: Minnesota, which has just passed its first medical cannabis legalization legislation into law, is already facing pushback from patients and patients’ rights groups for the highly restrictive regulatory mandate. “Minnesota’s medical marijuana law is very disturbing from a patients’ rights perspective,” said Kris Hermes, spokesperson for Americans For Safe Access, a national patients’ rights group. 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…

Why The NFL Should Embrace Medical Marijuana

The consequences of injuries sustained by NFL players have gotten more attention lately, in part due to the tragic death of Junior Seau and others who were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That’s started a debate about safety and the care players receive. The $765 million settlement the league reached with some of the retired players acknowledges past problems, but revising how injuries are treated can help now.

The NFL is in the process of updating its 2010 Policy and Program for Substance Abuse, which currently says any player who tests positive for medical marijuana shall forfeit pay during their suspension.  In the December 23rd issue of ESPN The Magazine an article by Howard Bryant suggests that the NFL embrace medical marijuana. At Americans for Safe Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Advocates In Arkansas Launch Fundraising Campaign To Put Initiative On 2014 Ballot

Advocates are launching their fundraising campaign at 2pm this Saturday, November 9th with a Budweiser-sponsored, all-day concert at the Silverado Club, 1205 W. Hillsboro Street in El Dorado. Budweiser has underwritten the venue and a portion of the beer sales will go to ACC.

ARKANSAS: Medical marijuana advocates Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) have joined forces to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA) is a comprehensive blueprint for establishing and regulating a medical marijuana program run by the Arkansas Department of Health. Advocates are launching their fundraising campaign at Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Advocates In Arkansas Launch Fundraising Campaign To Put Initiative On 2014 Ballot

Advocates are launching their fundraising campaign at 2pm this Saturday, November 9th with a Budweiser-sponsored, all-day concert at the Silverado Club, 1205 W. Hillsboro Street in El Dorado. Budweiser has underwritten the venue and a portion of the beer sales will go to ACC.

ARKANSAS: Medical marijuana advocates Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) have joined forces to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (AMCA) is a comprehensive blueprint for establishing and regulating a medical marijuana program run by the Arkansas Department of Health. Advocates are launching their fundraising campaign at Read the full article…

Activists Defeat California Vaporizer Ban

E-cigarettes were patented in the '60s but became popular only on the last decade and are now a $10 billion global industry.

CALIFORNIA: California Senator Ellen Corbett’s SB 648 – a bill to ban vaporizer use in much of CA. – was withdrawn this week, sources state. The office for California NORML reports this morning that Corbett has held the bill over for another year.