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ASA BH Can Do It Update Deck
Leading ASA’s policy work is Dustin McDonald, a freelance policy, government relations and public affairs expert with over 20 years of experience in advocacy. Prior to this work, Dustin spent nearly three and a half years at Weedmaps where he built and managed a 20-person international policy and government relations team, and guided associated federal, state, local and international government engagements on cannabis policy issues. Dustin joined Weedmaps in 2016 after serving for three and a half years as the Director of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Federal Liaison Center, where he led advocacy on municipal finance issues for a coalition of state, county and city government associations. Prior to his work with GFOA Dustin spent 10 years providing direct federal advocacy services to local governments and local government agencies from across the U.S., working as a member of Holland & Knight’s Public Policy and Regulation Group, as well as the government relations practice of MARC Associates.View the profile
My name is Justin McDonald and I mean, interim policy director for Americans for safe access. Thanks for joining us for our annual. You need to get a conference before we hear, from our next panel. I wanted to take a minute to give you a quick update on Asus biden-harris can do a campaign when Joe Biden. The presidential candidate release his approach to Federal cannabis policy. Last May it was not a lot of excitement from medical, cannabis, patients, and doctors, and researchers also, like, all of us would wait a long time for federal candidates policies to get changed. But for the last
100 days of this ministration, we watched vice, president, Harris who previously off, PlayStation TV schedule cameras entirely quietly backing away from that approach. And we want President Biden's nominees backpedal on previous support positions for important reform legislation like them or act and Biden opting against allowing staffers who view cannabis in the past to serve in the White House. Currently. Look, we know this Administration has a lot to tackle, but there are some things that Joe Biden Kamala Harris, Right now to help patients and they can and should do them to help identify
those things. You so long star biden-harris to do a campaign last month. So what's happening and take a look at what this campaign is all about. The binaries can do a campaign, gives everyone you me. Everyone. We know the ability to email and Call Federal departments and agencies as well as the president and the vice president to tell him what they can do to help patients today and give you the option to reach out to the Secretary of Hud to ask her to stop evicting. Federal housing, tennis for Rodger, Lee seniors for using medical cannabis as well. Most of the secretary of the Department
of Veterans Affairs, to finally, allow the VA to start talking to patients about cannabis, in for the VA. Also, to be able to extend Insurance to veteran patience to help cover the exorbitant costs of cannabis as a medicine. The campaign also gives the option to reach out to the phone number, to HR department, which is called go p.m. To tell him to stop, screening federal employees and contractors for cannabis, when cannabis is legal, across 36 States, the campaign finally allows you to also, reach out to the attorney general, to ask them to update and re-issue, the Cole memo and directly
to the president, and the vice president, and ask them to finally, organized federally, sanctioned cannabis medicine for patients. How many of you have engaged on this campaign and on behalf of Americans for safe access? I want to thank you for all those who called an email and for those who have it. I want to take a quick minute just to walk you through the platform. Here you see we've arrived at the biden-harris to do it landing page. In here. You have an option to click through any one of these action items in email or call
a child apartment Agency for the president and vice-president and express your concerns on these issues. As you click through, you'll find that we've organized, pre-populated information for you to share with they'll departments and agencies as well as with the president and vice president, on the issues. So far, over 2,000 contacts have been made by over a thousand people to Federal departments and agencies and the president to make them aware these actions. They can take for patients today. Nearly 700 of those contacts have been
to the director of OPM to address federal drug testing. Standards about another 400. Went to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and another 350 went to the attorney, general. In about 200, went to the Secretary of Hud. But as we've seen from this by the ministration so far, we need to make a lot more calls and send a lot more emails. So, please take a minute and go to ww.w., Safe access now. Org for 100 days and use a c easy as platform to send an email or make a call and let our federal departments and agencies. Leaders know and the
present is well how urgently we need them to act to help patients today. Again, and I'll be half of Americans for safe access. I want to thank you for engaging. It is important campaign and talking to are The Regulators about the need to focus on functional Federal medical cannabis reform to finally help patients. Thanks again, and enjoy this next great panel.
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