ASA works to overcome political and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, grassroots actions, advocacy and services for patients and the caregivers. ASA has over 30,000 active members with chapters and affiliates in more than 40 states.
Medical cannabis patients and Executive Director Steph Sherer founded ASA in 2002 in response to federal raids on patients in California. Ever since then, ASA has been instrumental in shaping the political and legal landscape of medical cannabis. Our successful lobbying, media, and legal campaigns led to positive court precedents, new sentencing standards, more compassionate legislative and administrative polices and procedures, as well as new legislation.
ASA protects the rights of cannabis patients. We are working to change federal policy to meet the immediate needs of patients as well as create long-term strategies for safe access and programs that encourage research.
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
Founded in 2010, The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is a trade organization for the cannabis industry. It serves to provide cannabis business owners with a voice in Washington, D.C.
The NCIA is led by industry leaders with the intent to speak for the needs of the rapidly-growing cannabis industry. Additionally, they allow members to choose who will serve on the board of directors with annual elections.
Founded by Martin A. Lee and Fred Gardner in 2010, Project CBD is a non-profit organization based in Northern California. It exists to defend and promote whole-plant cannabis treatments.
Project CBD promotes and publicizes research about the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) and the rest of the phytocannabinoids. In turn, they update doctors and patients of developments in cannabinoid science.
Furthermore, the Project CBD website maintains a list of dispensaries and caregivers that maintain a selection of CBD-rich cannabis strains.