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New Marijuana Resource from
Scientists and Medical Professionals

Marijuana Science Forum is a group of concerned academics, public health experts, research scientists and medical professionals committed to ensuring that factually accurate scientific information is disseminated in the ongoing public policy discussion about marijuana usage.
Marijuana Science Forum will serve as a resource to provide critical and accurate scientific information and analysis, in meaningful and user-friendly formats for non-scientific audiences, designed to enlighten and inform the public discussion about the health effects of marijuana for policymakers, media and other influential stakeholders and opinion leaders.
Marijuana Science Forum takes no position on the issue of marijuana legalization, but is committed to accuracy and balance in discussions about the science of health effects of marijuana use, particularly as it is depicted in the media.
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National Families in Action
Issues Special Report on CBD

In spring 2015, the Georgia Legislature passed HB 1, an Act that gives anyone suffering from one of eight different diseases immunity from prosecution for possessing cannabidiol (CBD) that contains up to 5 percent THC. The Act also created a Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission and tasked it with compiling a report by the end of the year with recommendations about how best to grow marijuana, process it into CBD oil, and distribute it to patients.
National Families in Action prepared a Background Report to help Commissioners understand the history of the movement to legalize marijuana for medical use and to offer our recommendations for them to consider. The contents of the paper appear below. A link to the full report follows.
Background Paper on Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use
Prepared for the Members of the Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission
by National Families in Action
1. Reviewing the conditions, needs, issues, and problems of medical cannabis
1a. No Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials
1b. Most Medical Marijuana States Do Not Test for Potency or Contaminants
1c. FDA Cracking Down on CBD Producers Making Unsubstantiated Medical Claims
1d. Five percent THC Makes People High
1e. Marijuana Edibles Are Hurting Children
1f.  Pharmaceutical CBD Products in FDA Clinical Trials vs Artisanal CBD
1g. What is a medical marijuana doctor?
1h. Is marijuana about medicine or money?
2. Evaluating the Best Practices, Experiences, and Results of Medical Cannabis in Other States
2a. Advocacy vs Reality
2b. A Commercial Medical Marijuana Industry Increases Marijuana Use
2c. Availability Drives Use among Children
2d. Doctors, Scientists Dismayed at States’ Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Use
--American Epilepsy Society
--American Society of Addiction Medicine
--American Cancer Society
--American Glaucoma Foundation
--National Multiple Sclerosis Society
--The American Academy of Pediatrics  
--National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
--American Psychiatric Association
2e. Questions Commission Members Might Want to Consider
3. Recommending Any Proposed Action or Legislation You Deem Necessary
Determining Which State Department or Departments Should Have Oversight of Such a System
3a. Recommendations
4. Addendum
5. References
Read full report here.
This is The Marijuana Report, a weekly e-newsletter produced by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Subscribe to The Marijuana Report and visit our website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.

About National Families in Action (NFIA)
NFIA consists of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. Our vision is:
  • Healthy, drug-free kids
  • Nurturing, addiction-free families
  • Scientifically accurate information and education
  • A nation free of Big Marijuana
  • Smart, safe, FDA-approved medicines developed from the cannabis plant (and other plants) 
  • Expanded access to medicines in FDA clinical trials for children with epilepsy

About SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) 

SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of "incarceration versus legalization" when discussing marijuana use and instead focus on practical changes in marijuana policy that neither demonizes users nor legalizes the drug. SAM supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy. 

SAM has four main goals: 
  • To inform public policy with the science of today's marijuana.
  • To reduce the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
  • To prevent the establishment of "Big Marijuana" - and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.
  • To promote research of marijuana's medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.
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