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Advocacy Group Launches The Truth About Medical Marijuana Educational Series

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medical marijuanaThis morning Americans for Safe Access (ASA) 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 over 40 events in thirteen 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.  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.

Further information:

The Truth About Medical Marijuana Website

ASA Analysis of the CARERS Act

Patient Focused Certification Website

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  1. If High Dose Medical Marijuana Oil Therapy (HDMMOT) is extremely promising, and if it doesn’t interfere with other treatments, why not advocate using it as an adjunct to other therapy right from the start as part of treating cancer aggressively? Are there possible interactions you’re concerned about?

  2. PhDScientist on

    First, my condolences. Losing a family member to Cancer is horrible. I had hoped that President Obama’s experience of losing his mother to Cancer would lead him to make fighting the war on Cancer a centerpiece of his administration and that he would champion making Medical Marijuana available to all American Cancer patients, regardless of their ability to pay, but, so far, that has not been the case.
    Everything depends on your particular Cancer and what stage its at. Read about Steve Jobs and Andy Grove. Their stories illustrate right way and the wrong way to go about things if you want to actively participate in decisions on how to treat your Cancer.
    HDMMOT is extremely promising, but to depend on it, for all Cancers, at all stages, isn’t the right thing to do. I strongly believe it will prove out to be a real breakthrough, especially when combined with other therapies, but we need to get large scale clinical trials going as soon as possible.
    This weekend, 3,000 Americans will die of Cancer. Every single one of them deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.
    Every single one.

  3. PhDScientist on

    Steve thought the same way.
    Steve died.
    If surgery is recommended, get it done, fast.

    Steve, to the best of my knowledge, did not try HDMMOT or variations on it like RSO, etc.
    His big mistake was delaying surgery and chemo.

  4. PhDScientist on

    To counteract the SIDE-EFFECTS of Chemotherapy.
    Pray you never get Cancer.
    But if you do, get a top-notch Oncologist and do what he prescribes for you.
    Going through Chemotherapy is hell on earth, and Radiation therapy has nasty side effects as well, but remember, you’re fighting for your life.
    Don’t make the mistake Steve Jobs did.
    If surgery is indicated, get it, and get it done by a top-notch surgeon — ASAP.
    Don’t rely on folk remedies.
    Use Medical Marijuana to help with the side-effects of state-of-the-art Cancer therapies, and to help deal with Cancer symptoms and Cancer pain.
    High Dose Medical Marijuana Oil Therapy (HDMMOT) is extremely promising, but at this point should only be used as an adjunct to conventional therapy or after other therapies have failed.
    I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research, and a big believer in Medical Marijuana for helping Cancer patients, but if I had Cancer the things I recommended are the things I’d do.
    Don’t make the mistakes Steve Jobs did.
    Never underestimate the seriousness of Cancer or the urgency of getting it treated aggressively.

  5. PhDScientist on

    We need the federal government to remove Medical Marijuana from Schedule 1 IMMEDIATELY.

  6. PhDScientist on

    Kudos for ASA. As a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer Research, and as someone who’s lost way too many friends to Cancer, I’m heart broken at the slow pace of Marijuana reform.

    It is a MORAL IMPERATIVE that Medical Marijuana be immediately legalized in all 50 states.

    For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death.

    Ask any American who’s gone through Chemotherapy who’s used it.
    There’s a great article in the July 22nd special issue of Newsweek on CANCER, titled
    “Marijuana is a Wonder Drug for when it comes to the horrors of Chemo”
    According to a 2014 poll, 82% of Oncologists felt that Medical Marijuana should be included as a treatment option.

    Ask the parents of any American kid with a seizure disorder who’s life its saved.

    They need a special kind of Marijuana oil that’s impossible to get in the 27 states that don’t have Medical Marijuana, and for their kids, its a matter of life and death.

    We need the President to cut through the red tape and take personal action on this issue right now. We need Congress to pass the CARERS act too. Americans are suffering and dying — needlessly!

    Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President have Marijuana removed from Schedule 1, You can email the President by going to whitehouse.gov and clicking on “contact us”

    Call and email your Senators and Representative, and ask that they pass the CARERS act — IMMEDIATELY.

    Call and email every day, and ask everyone you know to call and email every day, and to keep calling, and keep emailing, for however long it takes, until the President, Congress or both take action.

    Please do everything you can to get as many people as possible to call and email and to keep on calling and emailing, every single day.

    Do everything you can to help with this effort.

    Pass it on.

    With luck the effort will go viral.

    The lives of countless Americans depend on it.

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