On April 7-11, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) held its 2017 Unity Conference, bringing experts from around the globe together in Washington D.C. to discuss the future of the medical cannabis industry both the United States and abroad.

The conference kicked off on Friday night with a welcome reception and geared up on Saturday morning with several panels discussing challenges, developments, and the general state of the cannabis industry today.

Dr. Jeffrey Raber, cannabis researcher and founder of The Werc Shop, participated in a morning panel entitled: Exciting Developments in Cannabis Research & Access. In the afternoon, he took some time to speak with me about the path he’d like to see for the future of the medical cannabis industry.

“I would like to see it head more towards standardized products that are consistent across the whole spectrum,” said Raber. “More standardized delivery methods would make it much more predictable on what you can expect the response to be, but I don’t know that we are going to get there any time soon.”

He cautioned that there is potential for more marketing and unsubstantiated claims in the field that aren’t always going to be tailored to the best interest of patients.

Dr. Stuart Titus, another member of the same morning panel, said he was excited about the neurological benefits that research is proving CBD to have and how his company, Medical Marijuana Inc., fits into the future of the industry.

“Not only are there great neuroprotective benefits, but also there seems to be some tremendous neuro-regenerative capabilities that only CBD seems to have,” said Titus. “I’m very excited for what this means for overall neurological medicine. I think the concept of neuro-regeneration is now something that is within our grasp.”

Beth Collins, senior director of government relations and external affairs for ASA, said the conference is one of her favorite events that the organization holds because it fuels her to share the remarkable stories far and wide.

“The Unity Conference is so special because we have the leading science, regulatory, and legal experts, as well as doctors and our wonderful patient advocates, all in one room,” said Collins. “I feel that ASA is only going to continue growing as more and more states begin introducing legalization efforts. We are going to continue to get involved with state governments and assist them in ensuring that people are doing things the right way.”

Support continued throughout the week with 71 advocates participating in 72 meetings between both the House and Senate to support two pieces of legislation — H.R. 1227: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 and the CARERS Act of 2017.

H.R. 1227 would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and delete cannabis-related offenses and penalties including mandatory minimums. It would also effectively decriminalize cannabis at the Federal level, allowing states to decide how to regulate it and allow many patients who use medical cannabis to receive physician recommended treatment without having to worry about federal prosecution.

The CARERS Act would protect users of medical cannabis who comply with state laws from unwarranted federal prosecution and greatly expand the opportunity for medical and scientific research on the uses and effects of medical cannabis.

To learn more about ASA and how you can get involved with their lobbying efforts, visit: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/join_asa.

Do you own a cannabis industry business? Create a listing in our directory and get discovered by new clients - Click Here

Tags: | Categories: Cannabis Business News Cannabis Politics Medical Marijuana News

Learn about cannabis businesses:

View the directory | Get featured here

  • Gehl Search Partners

    Gehl Search Partners (GSP) finds the best talent available for a wide range of positions. Our specialty is in professional recruitment within highly regulated industries such as cannabis, adult beverage, and FMCG/CPG throughout the US & Canada. Our primary focus is in sales, marketing, strategy and planning, finance, and accounting roles. We collaborate with our clients to identify, attract and onboard accomplished executives in mid level to senior level roles.

  • HappyChap Creative

    An upstart design/build/create/help/strategize agency based in the Pacific Northwest. We help good people & companies get the recognition they deserve through clever, honest communication and the right look. We love working with cannabis brands who set a high bar for quality and who emphasize the positive impact that cannabis legalization will have on the world.

  • CO2Meter

    CO2Meter, Inc. is a Florida based business specializing in the design and manufacturing of gas detection and monitoring devices – mainly Carbon Dioxide. Our CO2 monitors satisfy the current fire code regulations necessary for all cannabis grow house and extraction facilities. Our business partners in agriculture, HVAC, science, safety, research, pharmaceuticals, beverage, and other fields find our devices to be highly accurate and cost effective.

  • LC Solutions Michigan PLLC

    LC Solutions offers clients timely accrual based bookkeeping, cost accounting strategies, planning, and consulting services. Our model supports an ongoing client relationship, helping to ensure accurate accounting records throughout the year. We are professional, patient, and creative in our approach. LC Solutions specializes 100% in serving Michigan’s Medical Cannabis industry.

  • Proteus 420

    Proteus420 is the only real-time, fully featured business solution that has been created specifically for the Medical Marijuana Industry.Both powerful and secure, we can assist all levels of business from Dispensary to Delivery through our medical marijuana and dispensary software, and provide all the tools you will need to save your business Time and Money!

  • CORE Security Solutions

    CORE Security Solutions, Inc. provides security services to a wide array of clients, including the rapidly growing cannabis industry. We are fully licensed and insured by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). We currently provide security services to several local cannabis dispensaries in the Bay Area and secure transport and delivery services for cannabis products and proceeds throughout California. Our security specialists are all licensed and our transport vehicles are equipped with secure storage and GPS tracking.

  • My Cannabis Accountant

    We are a Boutique Accounting firm focused on the cannabis industry. Our management team has over 100 years of combined experience in public accounting. Running a legal cannabis-based business can be complicated. Let us make sure your business is compliant with all federal, state and local financial regulations so that you can focus on your business.

  • 4blooms

    4blooms is San Diego’s first marijuana-specific marketing agency. The agency works with businesses involved in all aspects of the cannabis industry across the U.S., from growers to dispensaries to smoke shops. The team’s deep experience in web development, design and marketing makes 4blooms able to handle all aspects of business operations.

  • Distru

    Software built to streamline distribution and manufacturing. Distru provides inventory, order, and customer management for cannabis companies in a centralized platform.

  • Hay & Associates

    We are a full-service Accounting firm licensed in CA. We offer a broad range of services for business owners, executives, and independent professionals. We are affordable, experienced, and friendly.

  • Diamond Business Loans

    Diamond Business Loans, is a Direct Lender, Syndicate, and Brokerage. Whether you need to get new equipment, finance your accounts receivable and inventory, raise working capital, or acquire a company, DiamondBL.com can do it all. From StartUps to well-established businesses, we have a financing solution for you. Please contact us today for a free, no obligation analysis of your financing needs.

  • Headset

    Headset is the first real-time business intelligence and analytics service for the cannabis industry. We are a data-driven cannabis tech company and we’re passionate about helping the industry succeed. Our services cover an array of specialized needs that businesses in the industry have, be they growers, extractors, processors, or retailers.

Want a job in the cannabis industry?

Sign up to apply for unlimited jobs and get discovered by companies who are hiring

Post Your Resume View all jobs

Recent Job Postings

Subscribe for daily cannabis news, announcements, and business insights.

Stay informed about the latest cannabis industry news, policy progress, and business developments.