Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Price Of Being A Medical Cannabis Patient

This year's Americans for Safe Access Unity Conference focuses on "The Price of Being a Medical Cannabis Patient". Despite increasing legal and access across the country, patients still face significant barriers. We will explore the financial and social hurdles that medical cannabis patients face and work together to develop strategies to overcome them.

Register now for our 7th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in Washington, DC. Unity 2019 is your place to gather with other patients, caregivers, providers, students, advocates, medical and legal professionals, and concerned individuals from around the country to learn best practices, exchange ideas, and learn how to navigate medical cannabis in this new political landscape.

Why Attend
As a participant, you will get the chance to meet with U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, and their staff in Congress during our lobby day and be an integral part of our continued efforts to change domestic and international medical cannabis policy.

Americans for Safe Access believes that when patients, caregivers, family members and concerned citizens are involved at the highest levels of policy making, everyone benefits. Therefore, it is imperative to give advocates the tools and information they need to competently and confidently represent. This conference strives to connect medical cannabis patients and advocates and promote excellence in our work. Participants will leave educated, inspired, and carrying a tool kit for achieving immediate results.

With the uncertainty of policies under a newly elected US Congress, 2019 will be one of the most important years for medical cannabis policy ever. We will need to work harder than ever to continue the momentum of moving forward with changes in laws and policies that result in safe access globally. Our goal is to connect advocates, industry workers and leaders, researchers, doctors and others to affect real change for medical cannabis. Sign up today so that you can be a part of it all at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, March 18-20, 2019.

The National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference is the largest conference for medical cannabis patients, activists, lawyers and medical professionals promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research. The Unity conference is your place to learn best practices, exchange ideas and learn how to navigate medical cannabis in this new political landscape. This conference will also provide professional development and leadership training to patients and concerned citizens in all areas of advocacy including federal, state and local government relations, public affairs, community relations, public policy, legislation, Congressional relations, community activism, political engagement and campaigns. Attendees will hear from successful lobbyists and communicators, elected officials, professional staff, industry experts, and public policy specialists on a wide variety of how-to topics relevant to legislative and regulatory advocacy.

As a participant, you will get the chance to meet, connect with, and learn from other patients, providers, activists, medical and legal professionals from around the country, and be a part of our continued efforts to change domestic and international policy.

Who Should Attend:
Medical cannabis patients, legal professional, medical professionals, advocates, caregivers, industry professionals or professionals working in any aspect of advocacy including federal, state or local government relations, public relations, public affairs, community activism, coalitions, public policy, campaigns, PAC and grassroots, politics, legislation, and communications. All career levels are welcomed.

Conference Goals:
When patients have a seat at the public policy table, everyone benefits. In order to get and keep our seat, we must be equipped to competently and confidently represent our viewpoint. The goal of this conference is to provide patients and concerned citizens the information, tools, and contacts they need to be successful representatives for advancing medical cannabis policy. We achieve this by hosting substantive policy discussions, teaching the latest methods and strategies in advocacy.

Learning Objectives:• Advocacy: learn tips and techniques to immediately improve your advocacy effectiveness.
• Public Affairs and Communications: discuss traditional and cutting edge methods for reaching your desired audiences.
• Professional Development: enhance your professional skills and performance.

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Donation Options:
If you would like to make a special (tax deductible) contribution to ASA's End Pain Not Lives campaign, please take a look at the following links and click through to donate:

DISCLAIMER: Dabbing is not allowed at this conference.

About Americans for Safe Access

The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research.

ASA was founded in 2002, by medical cannabis patient Steph Sherer, as a vehicle for patients to advocate for the acceptance of cannabis as medicine. With over 100,000 active members in all 50 states, ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA works to overcome political, social and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, research, grassroots empowerment, advocacy and services for patients, governments, medical professionals, and medical cannabis providers.

Ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis means:
International, federal and state laws and regulations recognized cannabis as a legal medicine.
Medical professionals recommend medical cannabis options as a frontline treatment option or an adjunct therapy.
Patients and their caregivers have the information they need to make educated choices about medical cannabis therapies.
Patients and medical professionals can incorporate a diverse group of products and delivery methods to create required personalized treatment regimen.
Patients can trust labels on products and that medicines are free of pesticides and contaminates.
Medical cannabis treatments are covered by insurance.

Become a part of history! Join us today.


ASA and our members have moved public policy forward by incorporating strategies across many disciplines. ASA has brought together policy experts, public health experts, attorneys, lobbyists, scientists, industry associations and medical professionals to create the campaigns, projects and programs that have broken down political, social, academic, and legal barriers across the US.

ASA occupies a seat at the table for medical cannabis patients in policy matters.

ASA changed the national dialogue about medical cannabis.

ASA created a global patient network.

ASA has passed local, state, and federal laws.

ASA has fought and won in state and federal courts.

ASA has provided quality legal and medical education for medical cannabis stakeholders.

ASA brought cannabis back into the Herbal Pharmacopeia.

ASA has created product safety standards for medical cannabis products.

ASA has built the worlds first International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute.

ASA has trained thousands of patient advocates on civil engagement.

ASA has created accredited education programs for doctors, patients, and providers.

Everyday ASA staff are on the frontline of the medical cannabis movement working with our members to shape policy and public opinion moving toward our goals. By participating in this movement, you are helping create the future of medical cannabis in your city, state, and nation. By donating to ASA, you can help ensure that we will reach our goals!

Until there’s safe access, we are Americans For Safe Access.

Welcome to the movement! 

National Office
Americans For Safe Access
1624 U Street NW
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Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: (202) 857-4272
Fax: (202) 618-6977

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