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All Solutions For Medical Cannabis Point To Congress

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Today over 300 million Americans live in states with medical cannabis laws, and over 2 million individuals are legally using medical cannabis under these state programs. However, all of these patients and programs are in violation of federal laws.

10 Smoke Signals Heralding The End Of Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

A little less than a year ago I wrote an article “10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke” for the Huffing...

Momentum Builds for the CARERS Act as Patients Prepare to Come to D.C.

Steph Sherer | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Even with all the progress in medical cannabis access, regulations, and safety protocols in programs in the US and around the globe, the conflict between individual country laws and international treaties, particularly the UN Single Convention Treaty of 1961, continues to be an issue.

New Report Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nation-wide

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

State lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.

Congress Extends 'Ceasefire' On Medical Marijuana, but Can They Clear the Smoke?

Steph Sherer | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and other advocates have worked for years to lay the foundations that have made these changes possible. We're making real progress, but until we pass the CARERS Act, state laws and the people they are intended to protect remain in jeopardy

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

Patients Are Relying on Congress to Reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Marijuana Amendment

Steph Sherer | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take part in a "marijuana vote-a-rama" of sorts, with several amendments to dealing with marijuana to be offered on the floor during the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.

Congress Should End Medical Marijuana Gag Order on V.A. Doctors

Steph Sherer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Under V.H.A. Directive 2011-004, V.A. physicians are explicitly forbidden from being able to offer their medical opinion about whether a veteran patient might benefit from participating in a state medical marijuana program. Veterans who served their country with honor deserve equal access to state medical marijuana programs.

Medical Marijuana Is on Every Ballot This Election

Steph Sherer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

As interesting as it is to see which parts of the country will be the next to reform their marijuana laws, the reality is that every candidate on every ballot represents a chance to vote on medical marijuana.

The Legacy of Medical Marijuana Advocate Jim Greig (1951-2014)

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It was like any other conversation we had ever had, except for when timelines entered the conversation, and we knew he would not live to see his strategy play out.

Dem Leader Under Fire From Medical Marijuana Supporters

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., June 10 (Reuters) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who heads the U.S. Democratic...

Matt Ferner

New Ads Target Members Of Congress Who Opposed Medical Marijuana Measure | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

Medical marijuana advocates are turning up the heat on House lawmakers who last week voted against an amendment to block the Drug Enforcement Administ...

Navigating Medical Marijuana in the Mainstream: Advocates Return to D.C. This Weekend

Steph Sherer | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Legal access to medical cannabis has been supported by the American public for decades, and it is the law in 20 states and D.C., but this issue can be complex, and successfully navigating it requires a clear understanding of where we've been, what we know, and where we want to go.

Why the NFL Should Embrace Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Sports
Steph Sherer

The following is an open letter to the two most powerful people in football to explain why and to provide policy suggestions they should consider when drafting the new NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.

Consensus Among World's Leading Experts: Marijuana Is a Botanical Medicine!

Steph Sherer | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Certainly, restoring its classification will mean much for all of us who depend on medical cannabis for our well-being -- expanded research and medical acceptance, improved quality assurance and better consistency for our medicine.

When It Comes to Marijuana Policy, Washington State Needs to Put Health Before Happy Hour

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

These would seem to be good times to be a medical cannabis advocate. But what is unfolding in Washington State is weighing on me.

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

Steph Sherer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

The principles of good faith, fair play and common decency dictate that based on these facts, DOJ owes the state of Washington, and other similarly affected states like California, Montana, and Michigan, a period of time to bring state laws in compliance with the second Cole Memo.

Can Dr. Sanjay Gupta Teach Obama How to Say Sorry for His War on Medical Cannabis?

Steph Sherer | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It's no mistake that Dr. Gupta, a neurosurgeon by profession and one-time candidate for U.S. Surgeon General, has radically changed his position on medical cannabis.

New Report Finds Obama Spends $180K Per Day Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It's not simply a battle of politics and laws that takes place in legislatures and courtrooms. It is a war that is being waged in our neighborhoods on a daily basis, adversely affecting millions of people every year, and costing the U.S. taxpayers hundreds of million dollars.

Report Details Shocking Cost Of Medical Marijuana Crackdown

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Luke Johnson | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

An analysis from pro-medical marijuana group Americans For Safe Access found that President Barack Obama's administration has spent nearly $300 millio...

Matt Sledge

Medical Marijuana Case May Head Back To Court | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A medical marijuana group filed a petition on Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking for a do-...

Another Reminder of Why Changes in Medical Marijuana Policy Can't Wait

Steph Sherer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Earlier this week, while more than 200 citizen lobbyists were meeting face-to-face with their Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. to change federal policy on medical cannabis, a series of events occurred in Florida, making that state the next political battleground on this issue.

You Have Cancer; Go to Congress -- The Battle for Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.

Lucia Graves

Father Of String Theory Talks Weed | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

A medical marijuana conference planned for next week will feature not just activists and politicians, but John Schwarz, a theoretical physics professo...

Ryan Grim

Medical Marijuana Teams Up With Big Herb | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following two years of collaboration with the medical marijuana industry, the American Herbal Products Association said Thursday that it...