CEASE Presents: THE REAL SCIENCE BEHIND CANNABIS: Preparing Legislators for Legal Cannabis to Empower Communities

A session by Imani Dawson, Jessica Knox, Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, Dr. Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh and Dr. Janice Vaughn-Knox, MD

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It’s 2021 and Governor Cuomo has once again placed marijuana legalization in New York State at the top of his policy agenda, but communities most harmed by prohibition and the war on drugs have been sidelined, hindered by eighty years of misinformation about the plant and its scientific properties. Communities rely on their elected officials to be their voice, voting in their best interests based on the best available data and an understanding of cannabis anchored in science and facts. Without a fact-based understanding of cannabis, the potential health and economic benefits of legalization will be lost to our communities for generations. This is an urgent moment of clarity for New York’s vulnerable residents. CEASE, recognizing the deep need for knowledge about the plant has created an essential education workshop geared at legislators and other community stakeholders.

Co-sponsored by ACHEM and featuring an esteemed panel of BIPOC cannabis doctors and professionals, this workshop will provide the real science behind cannabis in plain language, tackling common myths and misconceptions. Key topics include hemp vs. marijuana; THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids; the endocannabinoid system; challenges with education/adoption in a mature market, and risk-benefit analysis (i.e. children, churches, convictions & crime, etc) for our communities at large.

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Dr. Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Registered Pharmacist (RPh)

Dr. Janice Vaughn-Knox, MD

MD, MBA, Board-certification by the American Society of Anesthesia, Certified Cannabinoid Medicine specialist by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine