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Read recent news articles and press coverage of Americans for Safe Access activities and the federal governments’ war on patients. http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_in_the_news <p><em>By Rick Mitchell with assistance from Gabe Friedman for <a href=”http://bol.bna.com/wake-up-call-cfpb-wrestles-with-a-ban-on-forced-arbitration/” target=”_blank”>http://bol.bna.com</a></em></p> <p><span>In a possible sign that a legal push on </span><strong><span><a href=”http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202756275130/Orrick-Partners-With-ProPot-Nonprofit-Group#ixzz47CxSxXsP” target=”_blank”>medical pot</a></span></strong><span> access may be going mainstream, Orrick, Herrington &amp; Sutcliffe said it has entered a </span><em>pro bono</em><span> partnership with the Americans for Safe Access Foundation, a medical marijuana advocacy group. (</span><em>American Lawyer</em><span>)</span></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:34:00 -0400 Paul Marini http://www.safeaccessnow.org/wake_up_call_cfpb_wrestles_with_ban_on_forced_arbitration <p>By <em><a href=”http://abovethelaw.com/author/staci-zaretsky/” target=”_blank”>Staci Zaretsky</a> for <a href=”http://abovethelaw.com/2016/04/morning-docket-04-29-16/” target=”_blank”>Above the Law</a></em></p> <p>* Biglaw gets in on the green rush: Orrick Herrington &amp; Sutcliffe has partnered with Americans for Safe Access Foundation, a medical marijuana advocacy group, to update a series of manuals on state medical marijuana laws. In the future, Orrick attorneys will man a hotline for medical marijuana patients in need of legal advice. [<a href=”http://www.americanlawyer.com/top-stories/id=1202756275130/Orrick-Partners-With-ProPot-Nonprofit-Group?mcode=1202615731542&amp;curindex=3″ target=”_blank”>Am Law Daily</a>]</p> <p> </p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:33:00 -0400 Paul Marini http://www.safeaccessnow.org/morning_docket_04_29_16 <p>By Nell Gluckman, <a href=”http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202756275130/Orrick-Partners-With-ProPot-Nonprofit-Group?mcode=0&amp;curindex=0&amp;curpage=ALL” target=”_blank”>The Am Law Daily</a></p> <p>Orrick, Herrington &amp; Sutcliffe announced a pro bono partnership Thursday with the Americans for Safe Access Foundation, a medical marijuana advocacy group, signifying to some that the push to make legal cannabis available to patients nationwide has gone mainstream.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:10:00 -0400 Paul Marini http://www.safeaccessnow.org/orrick_partners_with_pro_pot_nonprofit_group <p>By Omar Sacirbey <a href=”http://mjbizdaily.com/prominent-scientific-group-take-greater-focus-cannabis-testing/”>Marijuana Business Daily</a></p> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:52:35 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/prominent_scientific_group_to_promote_development_of_cannabis_testing_standards <p>By Emily Albert Reyes <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pot-shops-taxes-20151028-story.html”>Los Angeles Times</a></p> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:42:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/l_a_lawmakers_want_to_bar_new_pot_shops_from_signing_up_to_pay_taxes <p>By Paul Ebeling <a href=”http://www.livetradingnews.com/medical-marijuana-update-21-122030.htm”>Live Trading New </a></p> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:27:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/medical_marijuana_update <p><a href=”http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews/2015/10/20/asa-and-the-saga-of-the-kelly-falls-five”>Blog Talk Radio Marijuana News</a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:56:42 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/marijuana_news_with_lanny_swerdlow <p>By Emily Gibson <a href=”http://www.mmjobserver.com/the-plant-that-even-politicians-are-talking-about/7520/”>MMJ Observer</a></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:22:52 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/the_plant_that_even_politicians_are_talking_about <p>By Jhayla Tyson <a href=”http://guardianlv.com/2015/10/cannabis-proposed-to-stop-severe-seizures-in-children/”>The Liberty Voice</a> </p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:10:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/cannabis_proposed_to_stop_severe_seizures_in_children <p>By Christine Ferretti <a href=”http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/10/13/medical-marijuana-shops/73877022/”>The Detroit News</a></p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:04:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/council_approves_licensing_rules_for_medical_pot_shops <p>By Maura Dolan <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-pol-ca-pot-legal-20151009-story.html”>Los Angeles Times</a></p> <p><span>California’s new medical marijuana regulations will likely reduce federal crackdowns in the state, but dispensaries will continue to have difficulty obtaining banking services and deducting business expenses, legal experts and activists said Friday.</span></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:02:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/new_regulations_don_t_clear_all_the_hurdles_for_pot_dispensaries <p>By Dennis Romero <a href=”http://www.laweekly.com/news/historic-marijuana-dispensary-legislation-signed-into-law-6113970″>LA Weekly</a></p> <p><span>Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a trio of bills that finally provides statewide rules for California’s medical marijuana growers and sellers.</span></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:05:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/historic_marijuana_dispensary_legislation_signed_into_law <p>By Jake Thomas <a href=”http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2015/10/07/ww-council-candidate-talks-weed-spokane-valley-says-no-more-pot-businesses”>The Inlander</a></p> <p><span>Evan Verduin is running for Spokane City Council against incumbent Councilwoman Karen Stratton. He wants the council to get back to legislating on basic municipal services and avoid social issues that he says are needlessly divisive. Backed by Mayor David Condon, he says he’ll be independent and will bring a business perspective to the council, which he and Condon both say is needed. </span></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:17:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/ww_council_candidate_talks_weed_spokane_valley_says_no_more_pot_businesses <p>By Patrick McGreevy <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-me-pol-sac-brown-has-nearly-500-bills-20151005-story.html”>The Los Angeles Times</a></p> <p>With one week left to act on nearly 500 bills, Gov. Jerry Brown is besieged by vigils, rallies, petition drives and phone calls from people wanting his signature or veto on legislation.</p> <p>Brown can no doubt hear the loud rallies held on the Capitol steps. Meanwhile, his office mailbox has been stuffed with letters urging action on a proposed new system for regulating the sale of medical marijuana, help for women who want equal pay from employers and approval of a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients so they can hasten their deaths.</p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:16:14 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/deadline_week_these_are_the_big_issues_brown_left_for_the_last_minute <p>By Chris Roberts <a href=”http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2015/10/05/new-marijuana-legalization-initiative-filed-backers-needed”>SF Weekly</a></p> <p><span>M</span>ultiple efforts to legalize cannabis in California are currently afoot<span>. If you’re a registered voter, you may have already signed a petition to put adult recreational use of marijuana on the November 2016 ballot. But very few — if any — of those efforts matter, because very few — and possibly not any — of those efforts have any money or institutional support.</span></p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:08:15 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/new_marijuana_legalization_initiative_filed_backers_needed <p>By Vivian McPeak <a href=”http://blog.seattlepi.com/vivianmcpeak/2015/10/04/kettle-falls-three-receive-prison-time/”>Seattle PI</a></p> <p><span>After receiving much attention by reform advocates all over the nation, the remaining defendants of the Kettle Falls Five case have received their sentencing. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey and her daughter in law Michelle Gregg were both sentenced for one year and a day after being found guilty of cannabis cultivation. Rolland Gregg was sentenced to 33 months. All three were released pending appeal.</span></p> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:10:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/kettle_falls_three_receive_prison_time <p>By Philip Smith <a href=”http://www.alternet.org/drugs/here-comes-big-one-reformca-files-california-pot-legalization-initiative”>Alternet</a></p> <p><span>The California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, also known as ReformCA, has filed a </span>draft marijuana legalization initiative<span> initiative with state officials, </span>the group announced Sunday<span>. The long-anticipated move means the campaign best-placed to bring legalization to the Golden State can finally get underway.</span></p> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:04:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/here_comes_the_big_one_reformca_files_its_california_pot_legalization_initiative <p>By Dennis Romero <a href=”http://www.laweekly.com/news/top-marijuana-legalization-supporters-split-up-threaten-separate-initiatives-6116919″>LA Weekly</a></p> <p><span>The prospect of legal sales of non-medical marijuana in California has a lot of activists, businesses and pot users excited.</span></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:19:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/top_marijuana_legalization_supporters_split_up_threaten_separate_initiatives <p><span>The annual meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) is a highly unusual scientific conference. It has been closed to all media since its inception 25 years ago, lending an air of mystery to the gathering of researchers who study the unique chemicals found in cannabis.</span></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:20:00 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/drug_development_the_treasure_chest2 <p>By Philip Smith <a href=”http://www.alternet.org/drugs/california-regulate-medical-marijuana”>Alternet </a></p> <p><span>After nearly 20 years of wrangling over what is and is not legal under California’s 1996 Proposition 215 medical marijuana law, the state legislature has passed a set of bills designed to bring order to the chaos</span></p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:39:21 -0400 Christopher Brown http://www.safeaccessnow.org/striking_breakthrough_in_regulating_pot_in_california