Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Medical pot group launches advocacy application for tech devices

Medical marijuana advocates launched an iPhone application today that’s designed to help users stay up-to-date on the latest pot-related policies.

The free tool, released by Oakland-based Americans for Safe Access, is known as the ASA Advocate App. (To find the application in the iPhone App Store, search for “Americans for Safe Access.”)

The application provides immediate updates on rapidly changing local, state, and federal issues to keep users on top of the latest in medical marijuana politics, science, law and community actions.

Additionally, the ASA Advocate App connects users to a legal hotline and enables them to sign up for raid alerts and activist phone trees. The application is not designed to help people find dispensaries.

In California, some medical marijuana dispensaries have recently been shut down by the federal Department of Justice. The federal government’s stance flies in the face of California law. In 1996, voters passed Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Use Act, which regulates medical marijuana. The federal government does not recognize Prop 215 or similar laws in more than a dozen other states and Washington, D.C. Many people with HIV and AIDS and other diseases rely on medical marijuana for pain relief.

On Monday, December 19, Americans for Safe Access proposed an initiative to the state attorney general’s office. Among other provisions, the measure would create a state bureau and impose a sales tax on medical marijuana.

In recent months, Americans for Safe Access and other groups have also sued federal officials over their crackdown on pot clubs.

The ASA Advocacy App, which was developed with help from the application company iWeed, is currently only accessible from Apple devices. It will be expanded to Android and other application markets over the next few months.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, December 21, 2011 @ 3:37 pm PST
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