U.S.: Advocacy Group Launches 'The Truth About Marijuana' Educational Series
New Campaign Aims to Deepen Public Knowledge about Medical Marijuana
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Wednesday launched "The Truth About Medical Marijuana" educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues.
During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media.
“With the majority of Americans living in states that allow at least some kind of medical marijuana it’s time to move beyond rhetoric and headlines and foster a genuine understanding of this too often misunderstood medicine,” said Steph Sherer, ASA executive director. “With the Truth About Medical Marijuana, we’re filling a void by giving people straightforward explanations of the science behind medical marijuana and explaining how medical marijuana relates to them and their families.”
Medical marijuana policy has recently undergone a significant series of developments with the passage of several new state laws in a short period of time. In total, 40 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia allow some legal medical use of marijuana.
However, many states have new highly restrictive laws that are not well understood. In other states, large scale commercialization of marijuana cultivation has created new consumer safety concerns that haven’t been effectively addressed. ASA is kicking off the campaign with advocates hosting more than 40 events in 13 states.
“Medical marijuana has seen a lot of changes in just a few short years,” said Christopher Brown, ASA press secretary. “Patients that use medical marijuana know it works, but few people understand why medical marijuana works or all the changes that have happened. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will give people interested in medical marijuana a new resource to fill in the blanks.”
The first event, titled “Medical Marijuana - Real Talk About Real Medicine,” will focus on learning why marijuana provides medical benefits. The following month will focus on the scientific and legal developments surrounding CBD in “What Compounds Make Marijuana Medicine? CBD Demystified.” The final month of the series will focus on emerging consumer issues in “Know Your Medicine: How to be a Smart Medical Marijuana Consumer.”
The Truth About Medical Marijuana will explain how the comprehensive reform bill, the CARERS Act, will benefit the millions of law abiding patients, according to ASA. The series will also explore the available product safety standards for the cannabis industry and how consumers can know that their medicine is produced under the highest quality standards.