Patient Resources and Support
ASA offers an array of resources and avenues for support that include information on cannabis as medicine, resources for talking to your doctor, and a guide to the legal landscape, including state-by-state laws. Medical cannabis is a new field, and it is certain that you have questions about the details. Our staff answers dozens of calls from patients, caregivers, doctors, attorneys, and concerned citizens every week on the toll information line – (888) 929-4367. There is no other resource like this in the nation!
The Medical Cannabis Advocate's Training Center
ASA believes that good policy is created when those who are most affected are at the table. ASA has always been committed to demystifying political systems and providing advocates the tools they need to participate in the processes in a meaningful way.
Patient Info Hotline
Call (888) 929-4367 toll free to ask questions about medical cannabis, report a law enforcement encounter, or to get active in our grassroots campaigns.
Patients' Rights Project
This project provides direct support and guidance to those using and providing medical cannabis and uses advocacy, media outreach and the courts to expand their rights.
The Medical Cannabis Patients' Bill of Rights
The Medical Cannabis Patients' Bill of Rights is designed to outline the basic rights of individuals who use cannabis pursuant to a recommendation from a physician to control symptoms of a serious or chronic medical condition.
Educational Booklets on Medical Marijuana and Specific Medical Conditions
These books are designed to facilitate a conversation between you and your doctor or loved ones.
Talking to Your Doctor about Medical Cannabis
Read common sense tips for talking with your doctor about how cannabis helps you.
ASA’s Guide to Using Medical Cannabis
This booklet contains accurate information about using medical cannabis and offers recipes for a variety of applications.
This is some basic information on how to safely grow your own medical cannabis.
Be Safe, Be Smart, and Know Your Rights
This section will help you avoid some common pitfalls for medical cannabis patients, including law enforcement encounters and burglary.
One of ASA's most important and far-reaching services is our Legal Support program. Under this program, we staff a legal hotline to provide assistance and legal information to people who have had law enforcement encounters, provide information and resources to assist with housing, employment discrimination, child custody, and other issues, and provide information and resources for attorneys.
Cannabis is not just medicine in states that have medical marijuana laws. Medical cannabis patients are getting arrested, going to trial, and going to jail all over the country. As advocates, it is our job to highlight these injustices both in state and federal courts. Court support is a group of tactics used to support a patient or caregiver while they are going through state or federal legal systems.
Several patients and providers are in jail awaiting trial or in prison serving out their sentences. Although the actions of many of these prisoners were legal under state law, defendants cannot bring up a medical defense in federal court. ASA encourages our members to reach out to those in prison through letters and visits.