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Today: Barriers To Cannabis Research Expert Panel Event At UNLV


marijuana lab laboratory testingOne of the first things that marijuana opponents offer up when railing against cannabis is to say ‘there needs to be more research first.’ Don’t be fooled, this is nothing more than a delay tactic. Opponents know that if they just drag their feet, that marijuana prohibition will stay in place because after all, if prohibitionists and supporters both never lifted a finger, prohibition remains intact. Opponents know that, which is why they constantly try to punt when it comes to a serious conversation about marijuana research.

The cannabis plant has all kinds of beneficial properties that are just waiting to be understood by researchers. However, there are many hurdles that get in the way of marijuana research projects. That’s the topic of a panel discussion at UNLV today. Participating will be three people that I admire very much. John Hudak from the Brookings Institution, leading marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley MD, and NFL player Eugene Monroe will all be on the panel.

You would be hard pressed to find someone that knows more about the public policy side of cannabis research, especially the hurdles, than John Hudak. Dr. Sue Sisley MD has been in the news a lot the last couple of years because of the issues she has experienced when trying to conduct marijuana research. Her first hand experiences would be very interesting to hear I’m sure. Eugene Monroe has been very vocal lately about the need for more cannabis research related to football injuries, and his #cannabis4pain campaign has been receiving a lot of attention. Any one of those three speakers is reason enough to come out to an event, let alone all three of them on the same panel.

Below is more information about the panel, via the event’s listing on The Grove NV:

On May 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., a panel of nationally recognized cannabis experts will be at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to discuss the need for reforms of medical marijuana research, as well as and its increased use as treatment for a number of diseases and conditions.

Sponsored by The Grove, this event will feature nationally recognized researchers, legislators and advocates who will speak to the opportunities that become possible when the medical community is able to explore cannabis in the same manner as other pharmaceuticals.

To attend this event, RSVP to events@purduemarion.com or call 702-222- 2362.

When: Today, 10 am – 12 pm

Where: University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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  1. The “not enough research” canard is a trap that even marijuana reformers fall into, as Green does here. That’s because they get distracted by the much smaller issue of medical marijuana.

    The grand struggle of marijuana reform is not about medical marijuana. It’s about recreational – or “adult personal consumption.” – The only way prohibitionists get away with saying “not enough research” is if they get everyone to focus on medical marijuana. That way, the only “relevant” research is that about marijuana’s benefits. – We have little of that because the feds have basically made that kind of marijuana research illegal.

    But, of course, we have MOUNTAINS of research on marijuana’s alleged “harms.” – The rabidly prohibitionist agency NIDA has been desperately funding research for decades, looking for some significant harm of marijuana to prop up the fraudulent prohibition. In all that time, they have not found even ONE. If they had, they, the DEA, the ONDCP, etc. would be shouting it from the roof tops and it would be on everyone’s tongue. – Instead:

    [Crickets chirping]

    So, ironically, even NIDA has given marijuana a clean bill of health!

    As the DEA’s own administrative law judge, Francis Young, concluded after an exhaustive review of the evidence:

    “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

    The research on harms is ALL we need to end the monstrous fraud of marijuana prohibition. – The research on marijuana’s benefits, is just beginning and will, of course, carry on for decades to come. – Does anyone really think it’s necessary to wait on all those results before ending the insane war on consumers?

    Don’t fall into the prohibitionist, medical marijuana trap! – There are 23,000 marijuana studies on PubMed. – Don’t let anyone use this excuse anymore!

  2. I was at this informational conference and was gratified by the knowledge being given. The only thing is they were preaching to the choir, as far as I could tell everyone in the audience was pro cannabis. To my way of thinking the two most important people there were the Nevada State Senators in attendance. I hope they were listening to the cannabis advocates and help change the outdated laws everywhere in the USA. John Hudak seems to think changing the law is being hampered by 80 years of government propaganda. I believe the laws are being influenced by the lobbyist for BIG Pharma, Big Alcohol, Big Prisons, Big Tobacco. But we can agree to disagree.

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