At Cannabis News Journal, we join Americans For Safe Access, in emphasizing the importance for all people within OUR medical cannabis community to know THEY are the power; the government, legislators & policy makers are lead to us and We The People have the power to change the laws and government - people in it, policy being written, and overturning rules & regulations that disrupt safe access to our medicine. Not one state’s medical cannabis law is perfect, they are working pieces of democracy and this is where WE can establish patient community lead policy in New Mexico and many many other states. We have the science, the research, the knowledge - the information the policy makers don’t have and we need to get it in front of legislators and state government officials.
Cannabis New Journal strives to Unite, Network, Grow, Empower, Educate, and Improve the quality of medical cannabis community who want to be more proactive in their healthcare decisions, and want to explore the benefits by integrating medical cannabis into their own healthcare plan. The purpose of Cannabis News Journal is to objectively educate the public, not just sell a product.
Be aware of sites, organizations, and practitioners whose main interest is in marketing products. Cannabis News Journal will only provide links and references to reliable, authoritative sources. The internet is a rich source of cannabis information, but it is also an easy channel for spreading alleged news, myths, unproven products and findings.
A great grassroots movement brings together vibrant activists in an environment of mutual respect, shared responsibility, and constructive political activism and creates a space for new advocates to plug into the movement. The ideal grassroots movement is networked into the larger community and is a constructive and inclusive voice for patients, future patients, caregivers and providers of the medical cannabis community. The best grassroots movements combine the art of conversation with skilled activism. They are considered by elected officials to be a principled voice and smart resource for community leaders who are interested in addressing the question of medical cannabis.
We have all almost certainly heard the phrase "medical cannabis movement," but have you stopped to consider what a movement is? And what it means to be a part of a "grassroots" movement? In terms of community organizing, a movement is simply a group of people who come together consciously, at their own cost, to accomplish a goal. The definition we use at Cannabis News Journal, is that a movement is a group of people who come together to change outdated laws concerning medical cannabis, while providing support for those who are harmed by existing law.
Some people say that a movement is not a movement until others outside the group know it exists. This is a good point. The goal of organizing is to change minds and laws, so grassroots movements must reach out to the broader public. But all movements start small and local.
It is up to all of us and our like-minded neighbors, friends and patients we know- to plant the seeds and grow the movement locally!
Movement leaders do not tell the grassroots members what to do or believe. Instead, they listen to the community and look to the members for solutions.
After all, the medical cannabis movement exists to get medicine to patients and support the victims of bad laws. A clear focus on that mission helps us set priorities and make decisions not governed by politics, public relations, or economics. As custodians to our grassroots movement, Cannabis New Journal can help provide you with the tools you need to build the powerful grassroots base that will foster real change as our group moves forward. We all have a role in being sure that this grassroots movement grows, stays true to its roots, and acts like a mature social change movement. Dialogue and discussion are necessary and we need to be able to listen non-defensively and communicate respectfully if we are going to achieve the goals we want for our medical cannabis program and future legalization legislation policies.
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.