Medical cannabis and its therapeutic benefits have long been debated and fought over for decades. Safe access to medical cannabis has only recently been a reality for many patients across the United States.
According to Harvard Health Blog, the most common use of medical marijuana is pain control. Advances in technology and advocacy for medicinal cannabis have proven to show cannabis can help with numerous conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to pain associated with cancer.
Americans for Safe Access
Founded in 2002, the ASA is the largest national member-based organization promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Medical cannabis patient Steph Sherer founded the establishment to push the acceptance of cannabis for medical use.
The organization is made up of patients, scientists, medical professionals, and other concerned citizens advocating for reliable access to medical cannabis.
The mission of ASA is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. They work with a global network of patients, scientists, attorneys, public health experts, and more to open the doors for continuing marijuana advocacy.
Their Work and Continuing Research
The ASA has garnered an impressive list of accomplishments. Some of these include being instrumental in passing medical cannabis laws in nearly every state, to advocating for the UN to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. The year 2020 alone saw the ASA score huge victories for the medical cannabis community including:
- Worked to advocate Maryland’s medicinal cannabis policies
- Held the 2020 National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference on-line for the first time ever
- Created a COVID-19 resource page
- Published the 2020 State of the States Report which provides a detailed analysis of all medical cannabis programs
This is just a shortlist of the numerous accomplishments the ASA has achieved in the year 2020 alone.
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