Americans for Safe Access

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Americans for Safe Access
Americans for Safe Access logo.png
Formation2002; 20 years ago (2002)
Founded atCalifornia
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
LeaderSteph Sherer

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), based in Washington, D.C., is a member-based organization working to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research. Americans for Safe Access works in partnership with local, state, and federal legislators in the United States to create policies that improve access to medical cannabis for both patients and researchers. ASA has over 100,000 active members across the United States.[1]

Media and activism[edit]

ASA provides legal training for and medical information to patients, attorneys, health and medical professionals, and policymakers throughout the United States. They also organize media support for court cases, rapid response to law enforcement raids, and capacity building for advocates.


Medical cannabis patient and Executive Director Steph Sherer founded ASA in 2002 in response to federal raids on patients and providers in California.[citation needed] Since then, their lobbying, media, and legal campaigns have led to court precedents, new sentencing standards, different legislative and administrative policies and procedures, as well as new legislation.


ASA Leadership[edit]

Office of the Executive Director[edit]

  • Steph Sherer - Founder
  • Debbie Churgai - Director


  • Geoffrey Marshall - Office & Membership Coordinator
  • William Dolphin - Publications
  • Paul Marini - Technical Director
  • Benjamin Morrison - Senior IT Consultant

Program Staff[edit]

  • Dustin McDonald - Interim Policy Director
  • Don Duncan - California Director
  • Reenal Doshi - Director of Outreach and Communications

Patient Focused Certification[edit]

  • Heather Despres - PFC Director
  • Trish Flaster - Patient Focused Certification Board Chair


Americans for Safe Access partners with online publication The Cannigma to co-produce a podcast, The Cannabis Enigma, featuring doctors, patients, researchers, scientists, and legislative updates.[2][3]


  1. ^ "About". Americans for Safe Access. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Javier Hasse (31 August 2020). "Americans For Safe Access, The Cannigma Partner On The Cannabis Enigma Podcast Season 2". Benzinga. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  3. ^ "The Cannabis Enigma Podcast". The Cannigma. Retrieved 27 April 2021. The Cannabis Enigma is a co-production of The Cannigma and Americans for Safe Access.

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