States’ Medical Cannabis Report Card Issued
by Dan Larkin.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) have issued each state’s medical cannabis report card for 2019. It’s safe to say that while progress is being made, some states are failing and are probably in need of tutoring.
What is “Americans for Safe Access”?
They’re member-based organization. Their stated goal is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research. The organization was founded in 2002 in California. Membership is over 100,000 nationwide. Most of the members are medical cannabis patients.
They release their report card in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit. It’s being held in Nashville this year.
What’s a “States’Medical Cannabis Report” card?
The official name for the report card is the “2019 State of the States Report: An Analysis of Medical Cannabis Access in the United States“. It’s their look at each state’s medical cannabis program. They grade each state based on specific criteria.
Here are the things they looked at to come up with each state’s medical cannabis report card grade:
- 1) Patient rights and civil protections.
- 2) Access to medicine.
- 3) Ease of navigation.
- 4) Functionality.
- 5) Consumer safety and provider requirements.
- 6) Medical cannabis as a tool in combating the opioid epidemic.
Who’s on the Medical Cannabis honor roll?
Well, it looks like two states are vying for valedictorian this year. But even they didn’t score A’s or even A+’s. They had to settle for A-‘s. The top two states are Oregon and Illinois.
They’ve done the most to ensure easy and safe access to medical cannabis in the US, based on the criteria listed above. So, congratulations to them.
Sadly, there are still states in this great country of ours who have yet to get with the program. Let me tell you, there are a lot of them. These states all got an “F”. We’re talking about Wyoming, Kansas, Iowa, Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Those states are really doing their citizens a disservice by failing to provide safe, easy access to medical cannabis.
What about the rest of the states? Well, you can look them up in the over 200-page report here.
The report also contains a ton of really useful and educational information. Hats off to the ASA for compiling the report and making it available for all of us to read.
I hope that the legislators meeting in Nashville will take the report cards to heart. They need to realize that behind those failing or poor grades are real people. They’re people in need. In pain. They need what medical cannabis has to offer and I hope that by next year at this time we’ll see a lot more states on the “honor roll.”
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