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How can legislators help families whose children have epilepsy? This week, National Families in Action releases new Fact Sheets to help people understand the complex issue of marijuana and medicine.
Governor Nathan Deal created a program last year to begin clinical trials of Epidiolex® in Georgia and a statewide FDA expanded access program so children not taking part in the trials can obtain the drug also. Other states are asking us about this program. We created The Right Approach U.S. for them and The Right Approach Georgia for our state.
When is a Controlled Substance a Medicine? Heroin comes from the opium plant. So do several FDA-approved medicines, but we don’t call them “medical heroin.” Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. So do two FDA-approved medicines, but we don’t call them “medical marijuana” either. Other medicines derived from the cannabis plant are seeking FDA approval and more are in the pipeline.
JuJu Joints, a new e-cigarette designed for concentrated marijuana oil rather than nicotine, provide users with a workaround to smoke pot in public. Although Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use, both states prohibit smoking the drug in public. (Alaska and Oregon legalized pot last November but won't implement full legalization for months.) More teenagers use e-cigarettes than regular ones. Much of this new behavior involves vaping pot rather than nicotine, according to a Kentucky report.
Colorado: The more medical marijuana dispensaries, the more adolescent marijuana users. Colorado’s 2013 Healthy Kids Survey divided the state into 21 regions to survey some 40,000 middle and high school students. It finds that marijuana use varies greatly from region to region, and it turns out that the regions with the highest levels of use have the most medical marijuana dispensaries. Note that this survey was given one year before recreational pot shops opened for business in the state. What will the 2014 surey show? Click to enlarge graph.
With this issue, National Families in Action and partners, Project SAM and the Treatment Research Institute, welcome a number of new readers. We hope you enjoy this weekly e-newsletter to keep up-to-date with all aspects of the marijuana story. Visit our new website, The Marijuana Report.Org and subscribe to E-Highlights to learn more.

National Families in Action is a group of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. We advocate for:
  • 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
What is our call to action?
  • Ask your elected officials to establish FDA expanded access to Epidiolex® for children with epilepsy
  • Ask your elected officials not to legalize pot
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