Welcome legislative and regulatory staff, as well as citizen lobbyists. Whether you are working on a local ordinance, implementing statewide regulations, or passing landmark Congressional legislation, the materials here will help you with your goals in creating medical cannabis programs that are focused on patient wellbeing and community safety.
For those working on passing new laws or reforming existing programs, this is the place for you. In this section you will find materials that will help you draft and implement well-regulated medical cannabis programs that serve the best needs of patients, such as Legislating Compassion analysis, ASA’s legislative testimony, and model legislation.
ASA’s perspective is based upon the experience of over a decade of working directly with legislatures, researchers, physicians, and medical cannabis patients. Often times a legislative or regulatory agency that has the best interests does not have experience with medical cannabis, and falls prey to imposing needless restrictions or bureaucratic hurdles that inhibit the patients in their constituency in benefiting from their physician-recommended therapy. In fact, well-meaning rules can actually cause physicians to base their decisions on politics rather than medical evidence. Other times, certain impositions on the businesses that provide medical cannabis to patients may have unintended consequences On the other hand, inexperienced legislators and regulators may not be aware of best practices on training staff, medical cannabis business management, and lab testing. ASA’s materials can help you create balanced systems that allow physicians to treat their patients based on the patient’s and general public’s best interest.
For regulators and activists working on implementing enacted laws, ASA’s Regulating Program Guide was created to help you with crafting regulations that will promote the wellbeing of patients by making sure that fees are kept at reasonable levels to sustain programs while not becoming cost-prohibitive to patients. Additionally, this guide highlights other areas of regulation to help sensible rules for the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries, including training and certification for dispensary employees.
ASA strives to make sure that our materials are always up to date and as accurate as possible. If you see anything that seems out of date or may not be accurate, please be sure to let us know by emailing [email protected].
Thank you, and best of luck in your efforts to make safe and legal access to medical cannabis a reality for patients.
Michael Liszewski, J.D.
Director of Government Affairs