Founder and President
Americans for Safe Access
Steph Sherer is the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy. In 2002, Sherer founded Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. For seventeen years, Sherer's leadership guided the efforts, with lawmakers across the country, to adopt and improve medical cannabis legislation and regulatory policy across the US and its territories as well as representing patients on Capitol Hill. Sherer remains President of ASA and has expanded her focus to strengthen the industry. Alongside the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacia, Sherer co-created the first medical cannabis industry standards in the areas of Distribution, Cultivation, Analytics, and Manufacturing, Packaging, and Labeling. She is also a founding member of the International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition (IMCPC), a patient advocacy organization committed to fighting for access to critically needed medicine.