September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

As we mark the anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we again have an opportunity to reflect on the remarkable service, compassion and patriotism of so many Americans. The heroism of first responders who ran in as others ran out. The courage of everyday citizens on United Flight 93 who sacrificed themselves to avert greater carnage. The compassion of tireless workers at ground zero who risked their health to recover remains. In Read entire story

California Legislative Roundup 2015

The California Legislature adjourned tonight, following a session that included more than a dozen bills concerning medical cannabis. Patients, providers, and other stakeholders scored some big victories in Sacramento this year, and now we have important work to do. ASA is committed to working hard to build on the momentum of the legislative session. We are going to be aggressively defending new rights won this year, helping write new regulations Read entire story

Rauner, aides reject expansion of medical marijuana program – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneRauner, aides reject expansion of medical marijuana programChicago TribuneBruce Rauner on Thursday continued his chilly reception of the medical marijuana program he inherited, vetoing a measure that would have allowed patients with post-traumatic stress disorder to qualify for medical marijuana as his administration ...Rauner administration rejects ailments for medical marijuanaCrain's Chicago BusinessGov. Rauner nixes medical Read entire story

California lawmakers reach agreement on regulating medical marijuana – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesCalifornia lawmakers reach agreement on regulating medical marijuanaLos Angeles TimesThe proposal would create a new state office that, along with cities, would issue licenses for medical cannabis dispensaries. Marijuana growers also would face regulations enforced by the state. Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) said the compromise ...Lawmakers reach 11th-hour deal to regulate medical marijuanaModesto BeeLawmakers announce deal Read entire story

Oregon Legalized Marijuana – Will Measure 91 Pass?

Oregon and Alaska both have marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot this year. The Oregon legalized marijuana initiative is Measure 91 and if passed it would levy a tax on marijuana and allow adults to posses and grow limited amounts of marijuana. The full initiative can be seen at http://ballotpedia.org Specifically, under this proposal adults would be permitted to possess up to eight ounces of “dried” marijuana and cultivate up to four Read entire story

Is Medical Marijuana Coming To Florida?

Is medical marijuana coming to Florida? Very soon Floridians will vote on Amendment 2 or Question 2 which would legalize medical marijuana and allow physicians to prescribe it to qualifying patients. This will be a key election to watch even if you don’t live in Florida. If it passes Florida will become the first Southern state to legalize marijuana. You can read the full amendment and pros and con campaign arguments here:  Read entire story

Tribal Marijuana Farm Project On Temporary Hold

The Tribal marijuana farm proposed by the  Pinoleville Pomo Nation appears to be on a temporary hold. Much has happened in the short time since the announcement by the December 2014 Obama administration announcement that the Justice Department would not restrict the growing or selling of marijuana by Native American tribes. Since that time, Inforwars now reports that more than 100 Native American tribes are considering growing marijuana. Tribal Read entire story

Clearlake California No Grow Marijuana Ordinance Pending

Clearlake California no grow marijuana ordinance pending. The Lake County community of Clearlake California’s City Council approves the first reading of a no grow marijuana ordinance according to an article in the Record-Bee. If successful after a second reading of the proposed ordinance this February 26, all cultivation of medical marijuana in Clearlake would be banned. The article goes on to discuss the reasons for this zero tolerance Read entire story

Public Meetings Tonight & this Week to Determine New Hampishere Dispensary Locations

There will be a series of meetings over the next several days to discuss locations for where the state's medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers will be licensed. The meetings will take place in the towns of Plymouth, Peterborough, Lebanon, and Merrimack. We encourage you to attend these meetings and show your support for safe and legal access.  Medical marijuana businesses make good neighbors. Studies have shown that medical Read entire story

ASA Weighs In On Colorado Regs

Last week Americans for Safe Access (ASA) submitted comments to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) on proposed regulatory changes to the state’s cannabis program. Colorado is mulling changes in response to a number of developments, notably issues surrounding the accuracy of cannabis labeling and accidental of overexposure related to edibles. MED deserves praise for investigating emerging issues and promptly moving to address those Read entire story

Cannabis Legalization in America: Who’s Regulating?

For years, cannabis was allowed in only a few states and went largely unregulated. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have now enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana and 11 other states have legalized the limited use of low-THC forms of marijuana for medical use. Colorado, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and DC (with a ban on sales) have also legalized marijuana for recreational use. This wave of legalization has presented many Read entire story

A Guide to Making Marijuana Infused Tea

Most medical marijuana patients are familiar with different options for ingesting cannabis, such as eating cannabis-infused edibles or smoking the dried plant flowers and leaves. However, many people do not realize that they can also consume cannabis in the form of marijuana-infused tea. For numerous patients, drinking this easily-prepared therapeutic tea offers a convenient and potentially healthier alternative to other methods of Read entire story

City of Buffalo urged to implement its own medical marijuana program – Buffalo News

TWC NewsCity of Buffalo urged to implement its own medical marijuana programBuffalo NewsValle and Ryszka worry that the state's medical marijuana program won't be in place when it's scheduled to start in January. Also, the five growers approved in New York are all downstate. And the only local distributors, Valle and Ryszka said, are in ...Council Members Offer Support to Group Advocating for Medical MarijuanaTWC Newsall 2 news Read entire story

NJ man’s arrest upheld despite medical marijuana law – Vineland Daily Journal

Vineland Daily JournalNJ man's arrest upheld despite medical marijuana lawVineland Daily JournalMyers, who was sentenced to five years in prison that year, argued that a handgun and marijuana discovered by a New Jersey state trooper during an interrogation should have been thrown out largely on the basis of a 2010 law legalizing medical marijuana.N.J. court rules marijuana smell still probable causeNJ.comNJ appeals court upholds warrantless Read entire story

Legal Marijuana Passes In Oregon, Leading In Alaska

Legal marijuana is coming to Oregon it has a 54% to 45% lead this evening. This is a major victory because a similar bill failed to pass in 2012. Oregon activists were told by national groups to wait and try again in 2016. But the feeling of legalization advocates in Oregon was that now was the time to ride the wave crest created by Colorado and Washington. It appears they were right. The closely watched vote on Measure 91 represents a major Read entire story

Tribes Can Sell Marijuana According To DOJ

On Thursday October 28, 2014 the Department of Justice issued the following statement that paves the way for recreational marijuana sales on tribal lands. It received very little publicity, despite the fact that the potential and far ranging impact is enormous. Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country On October 28, 2014, the Department of Justice issued a Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country, to all Read entire story

Marijuana Watershed Protection Act

The Marijuana Watershed Protection Act Proposed by California Assemblyman Jim Wood is, according to an article in the Times-Standard, a way to seek “greener” pot for California. According to the article, Assembly Bill 243, as it is known, would “require indoor and outdoor medical marijuana cultivation to be conducted in accordance with state and local laws and best practices related to land conversion, grading, electricity usage, Read entire story

Illegal Sonoma County Marijuana Grow Causes $102,000 in Damages

Illegal Sonoma County marijuana grow causes $102,000 in damages to a rented home in Graton. According to this Petaluma Patch article, the  property owner was not aware that renters used the home for an illegal marijuana grow.  Damage was found in the home’s subfloors and bathrooms. Black mold grew on walls and large electrical panels had been installed in the bedroom to accommodate the increased power use. The renter was convicted on felony Read entire story