Steph Sherer: patient’s advocate with a persistence

We are proud to announce first keynote speaker. One of the world's best known rational based cannabis activists, Steph Sherer, has kindly accepted the invitation to speak at the International Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids Conference in Prague, and to take place on its scientific board.


People, whose objective is to enable legal access to cannabis to patients in need, mainly fall into two categories. There are scientists, who know and promote the rational benefits of the plant and all of its compounds. On the other side we have activists, who emphasize the natural human feeling of social respect: we have moral obligation to help the suffering with the best means available. Steph Sherer is a perfect unity of both approaches.

She is founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest US member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.

„I've been working with people from around the globe for the last 15 years, to create a political movement to bring safe access for both their own health and also as the tool that the doctors can use in treating other patients with their conditions," says Steph Sherer. „Prague konference, which will take place in November, is a place for patients to come together and learn what challenges other patients are facing in their countries and how we can leverage tools that we have to bring safe access globally."

Steph is also founding member if ICCI – International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute. Prague-based institution aims to develop standards in the area of medical cannabis and the substances it contains. The aim of the institute is the standardization of processes during the introduction and manufacturing of medical cannabis.

Her direct experience with the medical benefits of cannabis and her political organizing background led Steph to form ASA in 2002 with the purpose of building a strong grassroots movement to protect patients and their rights. As a powerful advocate, a skilled spokesperson, and an energetic initiator of campaigns, Steph has trained over 100,000 individuals across the country on civic engagement.

Since its inception, ASA has successfully shifted the national debate around medical cannabis, which has focused solely on the legality and ethics of arresting and prosecuting patients for cannabis use, to the real concerns of patients, such as access and civil protections. ASA works with lawmakers across the US to adopt and improve medical cannabis legislation and regulatory policy in 34 states and the District of Columbia. In 2014, ASA passed federal legislation prohibiting the federal government from interfering with state laws which has created a "cease-fire" in 19-year-old battle between state and federal governments. 

Steph has become the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy and, alongside American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), has created the first US industry standards in the areas of Distribution, Cultivation, Analytics, and Manufacturing, Packaging and Labeling.

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