Support for medical marijuana legalization has attracted overwhelming support, with polls indicating that 75% to as many as 88% of Americans believe that adults should be granted legal access to cannabis for medical purposes. At Leafly, we strongly support medical cannabis and have made it our goal to help medical cannabis patients by offering them tools and resources that helps them find a doctor, determine which strain is best for their conditions or symptoms, and locate a convenient dispensary nearby to procure their medicine.
The fight for medical cannabis isn’t over yet, however, and we acknowledge that there’s always more we can do to support medical cannabis patients as they struggle to both learn about the right medicine for them and identify a safe, legal place to access it. In our continuous efforts to advocate on behalf of medical cannabis patients, today we're very pleased to announce that Leafly is partnering with Americans for Safe Access with the united goal of educating the public about medical cannabis.
At Leafly, we believe in the importance of ending cannabis prohibition through education, persistence, and inclusion. Those tenets were the basis of our New York Times advertisement and our #JustSayKnow campaign, because we firmly believe that increased knowledge of and respect for cannabis are the keys to bringing legal access to patients and recreational consumers alike.
We're thrilled to partner with Americans for Safe Access because they share our passion and commitment to ending cannabis prohibition through education, as well as supporting medical patients and ensuring they can safely and confidently access the products they need. Americans for Safe Access, or ASA, has the mission of ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research. ASA works with a grassroots base of over 50,000 members to effect change using public education and direct advocacy at the local, state, and federal level. The ASA Foundation also trains and educates patients, advocates, and health care professionals. By partnering with Leafly, they’ll be able to bring such tools as our Dispensary Finder and our Strain Explorer to their network of patients who need medical cannabis information but aren’t sure where to turn for help.
Said Talana Lattimer, Communications Director for ASA, "Until ASA stood up for access, the national debate around medical cannabis was focused solely on the legality and ethics of arresting and prosecuting patients for cannabis use. We created a vision for what safe access should look like, and the legal framework to support that vision through the passage of state and local laws and numerous court battles. On Capitol Hill, we have fought back against attempts to further undermine our state laws, and we continue to work with members of Congress and the Administration to resolve the federal conflict."
The partnership between ASA and Leafly is aimed at providing a valuable resource for medical professionals and patients, as well as educating the public on medical marijuana and accelerating much-needed change throughout the country about the attitudes towards marijuana for therapeutic use and research. Said Cy Scott, one of the founders of Leafly, “Leafly was founded on the belief that patients need a friendly and safe environment to help find dispensary locations, doctor services, and strain information. With this exciting new partnership we’ll be able to bring those same tools to ASA’s network of patients.”
In the coming months, we'll bring you educational articles and resources designed to impart knowledge of medical marijuana and its importance in many patients' lives, as well as ways you can get involved in your state to encourage the legalization of medical marijuana and the adoption of medical cannabis programs that can help those in need of relief for their debilitating symptoms.
Together with ASA, we're optimistic that we can work together to help pave the way for lasting, positive change in our country (and, ultimately, worldwide) for cannabis reform.
For more information about ASA, please visit safeaccessnow.org. We also encourage you to support Americans for Safe Access by donating to further their cause.