ASA: Federal Advocacy Project
ASA's National Office, located in Washington, DC, advocates for safe access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research to better meet the immediate needs of patients, medical professionals, and researchers. We help to broaden support for medical cannabis on Capitol Hill, and within executive agencies and national institutes. ASA is the only organization in our nation's Capitol working exclusively to advance safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.
Steph Sherer, Executive Director
The National office opened in April 2006 with goals of ending the arrests and prosecutions of patients using medical cannabis therapeutics, ending the ban on research, and creating an access plan for the entire nation. We work on Capitol Hill and within the Administration to improve the federal government's understanding about the therapeutic uses of cannabis and the immediate and long term needs of our members. A variety of legislative issues have the potential to affect the lives of medical cannabis patients and researchers including the development of health policy, federal appropriations for the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Justice.
In addition to monitoring and responding to these issues, ASA's National Office works to broaden support for ASA's mission on Capitol Hill, and within executive agencies and national institutes. This is accomplished, in part, with the help of ASA's Department of Medical and Scientific Affairs and our Medical Marijuana Patient Unions.