Americans for Safe Access launches first medical marijuana iPhone app

Need up-to-the-minute medical marijuana news? They’ve got an app for that. Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, or ASA, launched a first-of-its-kind, free iPhone application this week that will provide users access to updated information regarding cannabis issues. According to a press release, ASA teamed up with iWeeds — an application company that serves the medical marijuana community — in order to make it easier for advocates to get educated and take political action. The ASA Advocate App gives users access to all of the organization’s projects and programs.

”The ASA Advocate App is another way to empower grassroots action that is bringing change on medical marijuana policies to every corner of the country,” ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer said in the release. “We have to be innovative if we want the widespread public support that exists for medical marijuana to translate into concrete results.”

The application provides immediate updates on rapidly changing local, state and federal issues across the country regarding politics, science, law and community action. In addition to ASA news feeds, users will also have access to political action alerts, video advocacy training and ASA’s printed publications — such as newsletters, condition-based booklets and legal manuals — from their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The ASA Advocate App also guides users to businesses in their community that support the work of ASA.

Because of the heightened concern over federal interference in medical marijuana states, 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 currently accessible only from Apple devices, but it will be expanded to Android and other application markets over the next few months.

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