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Calling all parents!
You are invited to attend a meeting in Atlanta on April 24th, the night before the SAM Summit
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Dunwoody Room on the Conference Level
6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
BRING YOUR OWN DINNER (optional of course!)
Every parent is invited—please feel free to share this invitation with other parents who have organized or want to organize a Parent Group.

The original Parent Movement is credited by the first two directors of the National Institute on Drug Abuse with reducing illicit drug use among adolescents and young adults by two-thirds between 1979 and 1992. The graph above shows the reduction among high school seniors.
Some parents today are beginning to realize the threat that marijuana legalization and a commercial marijuana industry pose to their children. They are beginning to organize and are asking the leaders of the original Parent Movement from 1977 to 1992 to help them create a Parent Movement 2.0. Millions more parents are clueless about marijuana and the legalization movement and this ignorance leaves parents and their families at risk. We are hoping a new Parent Movement can empower both types of parent.
Dr. Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Sue Rusche of National Families in Action, and Carla Lowe of Americans Against Marijuana Legalization are hosting this meeting to help all interested parents get organized.
The original Parent Movement started with a pledge. A new pledge has been penned and is ready for your review. “I’m in” – a Parent Pledge can start a 21st Century Parent Movement to prevent the underage use of marijuana, alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.
Are you in?
If yes, please join us on April 24th to discuss the original movement, how we can start a new one today, and how national groups working in prevention and advocacy can help. 
To prepare, a series of organizing documents are available for download here

Please read them and RSVP to Sue Rusche by April 22. Please include the following in an email to Sue (
Your name
Your Parent Group’s name (if any)
Your Prevention or Advocacy Group name (if any)
Cell Phone #
If you would like, please list three goals that you believe should guide the New Parent Movement or three questions you have about the effort after reading the attached materials.
(If you cannot attend this meeting, please include the information above in an RSVP to Sue to receive all documents presented at the April 24th meeting.)

We are excited about this opportunity and believe today’s parents can make as big a difference as the original Parent Movement made from the late 70s to the early 90s.
See you on the 24th! And don’t forget to register for and attend the SAM Summit the next day!
All the best,
Sue and Kevin

How state officials snuck themselves into Georgia’s Hope Act, sticking taxpayers with the cost of regulating medical marijuana
so officials can profit from its production
After five-years of effort, the Georgia Legislature passed Georgia’s Hope Act, which legalizes the cultivation of marijuana, processes it into “low” THC oil, and dispenses it to registered patients. The bills the House and Senate passed were entirely different and a conference committee could not resolve the differences without the help of several state leaders. Governor Brian Kemp told the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC):
"It was a long conference, too. You know, the speaker [of the House] and the lieutenant governor and I, and all the legislative leaders that were working on that issue, we were all working on that, which is a little bit unusual, I think. Most of the time, it's the legislators doing that with just direction from the different parties, but we were all actually in the same room ... got a lot done."
Last year’s legislature created a study committee on which sat the former president of Surterra, a $100 million marijuana company founded in Atlanta in 2014, who helped shape the House bill. Surterra’s chairman has told the press he is eager to get into the recreational marijuana business. Surterra contributed to several Georgia politicians’ campaigns during the 2018 election.
The Senate bill tried to put an end to that kind of back-room finagling by prohibiting any marijuana company that contributed to political campaigns from being eligible to apply for a marijuana cultivation or processing license for five years and to prohibit entirely any marijuana company that operates in a recreational marijuana state.
The Senate bill also prohibited any legislator, state-wide public official, or employee of a designated university or members of their families from subcontracting with a licensee to grow or process marijuana if they owned a marijuana company “wholly or in part.” Here’s the official language:
"No person licensed pursuant to this subsection shall subcontract for services for the cultivation or processing in any way of marijuana if the subcontractor, or any of the service providers in the chain of subcontractors, is owned wholly or in part by any state employee or member of a state employee’s immediate family, including but not limited to any legislator, state-wide public official, or employee of a designated university. For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘immediate family member’ means a spouse, child, sibling, or parent or the spouse of a child, sibling, or parent."
The Senate felt so strongly about this that it included this language twice in its bill (at lines 309-305 and again at lines 859-865).
Those men who were “actually all in the same room” did indeed get a lot done. They deleted the Senate’s language 1) prohibiting marijuana companies that contributed to political campaigns from applying for a license for five years and 2) prohibiting those who operate in fully legal states from ever being eligible.  
But they went a step further, changing with just four words the Senate language that prohibited public officials from taking part in the marijuana industry. The final bill reads:
"(c) No licensee shall subcontract for services for the cultivation or processing in any way of marijuana if the subcontractor, or any of the service providers in the chain of subcontractors, is owned wholly or in excess of 5 percent by any state employee or member of a state employee’s immediate family, including but not limited to any legislator, state-wide public official, or employee of a designated university. For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘immediate family member’ means a spouse, child, sibling, or parent or the spouse of a child, sibling, or parent (Lines 692-698, p 20 of the final bill)."
Because no tax was levied to pay for the costs of regulating a medical marijuana industry in Georgia, taxpayers will bear that burden so that state-wide public officials and legislators – maybe even some who were actually all in that same room – can make money growing and processing medical pot.
Read Georgia’s Hope Act here. Read The Marijuana Report’s Special Edition on Surterra here.

Acute illness associated with cannabis use, by route of exposure: An observational study
Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora and the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver conducted a chart review of patients reporting to the Emergency Department of a large urban academic hospital in Colorado with a cannabis-related problem between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016. Data reviewed were cannabis-related International Classification of Diseases codes.
There were 9,973 such visits. Of these, 2,567 (25.7 percent) were at least partially attributable to cannabis use, and 238 of those (9.3 percent) involved edibles.
Visits involving inhaled marijuana tended to be for cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (18 percent vs 8.4 percent), while those for edibles were more likely to be for acute psychiatric symptoms (18 percent vs 10.9 percent), intoxication (48 percent vs 28 percent), and cardiovascular symptoms (8 percent vs 3.1 percent).
The researchers conclude that ED visits for inhaled marijuana are greater than those for edible marijuana products.
Read Annals of Internal Medicine abstract here.

Colorado issues public health advisory after pesticide found on certain marijuana products
The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division along with the state health department issued a health and safety advisory on medical and retail marijuana cultivated by MMJ America Uptown.
The advisory cited “potentially unsafe pesticide residue” on marijuana flower, trim, concentrates, and infused food products.
The advisory warns people who have such products in their possession to return them to the medical center or store where they bought them so the products can be properly disposed of.
Consumers are advised to look for a list of batch numbers on their products.
Read Denver Post story here.

Regular cannabis users require up to
220 percent higher dosage for sedation
in medical procedures
Colorado researchers examined medical records of 250 people who received endoscopic procedures after 2012, when the state legalized marijuana. They found patients who smoked or ingested marijuana on a daily or weekly basis needed 14 percent more fentanyl, 20 percent more midazolam, and 220 percent more propofol to achieve optimum sedation for routine procedures, including colonoscopy.
Patients need to know that marijuana has some metabolic effects that may make other medications less effective, says Dr. Mark Twardowski, DO, lead researcher of this study.
He says colleagues in nearby emergency departments have noticed more patients reporting chronic nausea and that colleagues in anesthesiology have noticed patients required much higher dosages of anesthesia and had higher rates of post-op seizures. He and his colleagues are developing a follow-up study to learn more about this phenomenon.
Read Science Daily summary here.

Does marijuana cause lung cancer?
Doctors call for more research
Dr. Raja Flores, a thoracic surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, noticed some of his patients never smoked a tobacco cigarette but had a much more aggressive form of lung cancer. It turned out they were marijuana smokers.
At first, he didn’t think there could be a connection. The research linking marijuana to lung cancer is scant. But as the numbers grew, he began to wonder if he was seeing some kind of grim new trend.
Several other physicians comment on a potential link between smoking pot and lung disease. Renowned pulmonologist Dr. Donald Tashkin, emeritus professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, told NBC News, “As a pulmonologist, I advise all my patients not to smoke anything.”
Read NBC News story here.

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We are grateful to our Board of Directors and Senior Adviser for their support of National Families in Action, which produces The Marijuana Report website and e-newsletter.
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Board of Directors

William F. Carter, Chairman of the Board
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Georgia Properties, Atlanta.

Sue Rusche, President and CEO, Atlanta.

Richard L. Brown, Secretary
Attorney (Ret.), Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Founder & Chairman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association 

Jeannine F. Adams, Director
President and CEO, J. Addams & Partners, Atlanta.

Jack L. Arbiser, MD, PhD, Director
Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta

William H. Avery, Director
Partner (Ret.), Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta.

Margarita Eberline, Director
Strategy Director, 360 Marketing Plus, Atlanta.

Robert Margolis, PhD, Director
Founder, Caron Solutions Intensive Outpatient Program, Roswell, Georgia.

Shannon Murphy, MD FAAP, Director
Birmingham, Alabama 
Senior Adviser
Kent “Oz” Nelson, Chairman and CEO (Ret.)
United Parcel Service, Atlanta.
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