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This Week | Nov 5

Featuring Dr Janice Knox + Jahan Marcu

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GRAM has gone LIVE! Featuring writers, scientists, government officials, plant medicine specialists, celebrities, front line workers, cannabis experts, hemp farmers, researchers, and so much more through fresh video content. COVID 19 has caused us to think outside the box until we can put our magazines into stores again, we bring you GRAM LIVE!


November 5th, 2020

Our very own, Nurse Jordan Person sits down with the incredible Dr. Janice Knox. Not only is she a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, and Endocannbinologist, or Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist. Listen to her advice to medical cannabis patients and fellow medical practitioners, and learn more about the incredible medical practice she has started with her family of physicians.


We welcome Jahan Marcu. He is the Editor in Chief for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine and a founding partner of Marcu and Arora. Listen in as our own, Nurse Jordan Person talks with Jahan about what led him to a life of Endocannabinoid science and medicine, how he became the Editor in Chief for the AJEM, and what his future plans are for his new consulting company.


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This Week | Nov 19

Featuring Mara Gordon

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November 19th, 2020

Nancy Moss talk with Mara Gordon for Part 2 – Putting Cannabis In Your Doctor’s Toolbox. If only all physicians had knowledge surrounding the ECS and cannabis the world would work much easier. Mara Gordon is putting in the time and the research and her whole system will soon have a revamping.


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This Week | Nov 12

Featuring Mara Gordon

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November 12th, 2020

Nancy Moss sits down with the one and only, Mara Gordon. They discuss activism and advocacy of cannabis plant medicine. Part 1


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Changes in Cannabis + Policy with Keith Stroup

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As 2020 has shaped itself into one of the weirdest years in our history as human beings, many things have changed. One of those changes is that, for the first time ever, cannabis became essential. Any state that had a medical or adult use program deemed the workers of the cannabis industry to be just as essential as grocery workers and restaurants. This came as a shock to some, but to all the patients and consumers nationwide, they were able to let out a sigh of relief and “it’s about time!” 

According to the most recent Gallup poll, two thirds of Americans have shown support for adult use legalization. This is the most support cannabis legalization has ever had. The growth of the industry remains steadfast, and while becoming a part of this new industry may not be as easy as it once was, its growth potential is limitless. GRAM wanted to close this year by sitting down with Keith Stroup, founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). NORML is a grassroots organization that is celebrating 50 years of pushing cannabis reform. 

50 years ago, a younger Keith never saw cannabis becoming his life’s work but now, in 2020, he can be proud of how far we have come. “I didn’t think it would take this long,” Keith tells GRAM. But as the political climate feels like one continuous hurricane, more and more states are still trying to create medical cannabis and adult use laws. On the ballot for November 2020 – South Dakota, New Jersey, Arizona, and Montana are all trying to legalize adult use cannabis, and Mississippi and South Dakota have medical cannabis on the ballot. 

It’s not just at the state level, Congress is seeing a record number of bills in regards to cannabis. In our conversation with Keith, we learned that there were more than 30 bills in regards to cannabis introduced for this session, and he reminds us, “of course those will all go away, and we will have to start new again next year, and that is exactly what we will do.” We also learned a bit about the MORE Act, introduced by Senator Kamala Harris. According to Keith, “The MORE Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.” That is something that is long overdue. 

By removing cannabis from the CSA, scientists would be able to research the plant here in the United States using human participants, not just lab rats. This would provide more inclusive data to be used on cannabis patients.

Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 or theMORE Act of 2019.(Introduced in Senate 7/23/19). This bill decriminalizes marijuana. 

Specifically, it removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana. 

The bill also makes other changes, including the following: 

  • Replaces statutory references to marijuana and marihuana with cannabis
  • Requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees
  • Establishes a trust fund to support various programs and services for individuals and businesses in communities impacted by the war on drugs
  • Imposes a 5% tax on cannabis products and requires revenues to be deposited into the trust fund
  • Makes Small Business Administration loans and services available to entities that are cannabis-related legitimate businesses or service providers
  • Prohibits the denial of federal public benefits to a person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions
  • Prohibits the denial of benefits and protections under immigration laws on the basis of a cannabis-related event (e.g., conduct or a conviction)
  • Establishes a process to expunge convictions and conduct sentencing review hearings related to federal cannabis offenses. 

Policy is not the only thing that has changed in 2020. The cannabis industry as a whole has made some interesting transitions as a result of the pandemic.

“If people are looking to find a niche in this industry, it’s not as easy now as it would have been a year ago. This is because it’s hard to travel, everyone is in a mask, in some places people are still under quarantine and afraid to leave their homes to go to the dispensary. But then on the other hand, we have record sales numbers coming out of every dispensary, and that’s not just for one state, it’s for all of them!” Keith explains. 

Since the only constant is change and the cannabis industry changes daily, we asked Keith what the best plan of attack should be for those of us at home, feeling helpless, unable to go to our state Capitol’s to lobby, no town hall meetings to attend; what can we do? “It all starts at the state level,” Keith explained. “We will take care of the Federal level within a year or two. That sort of has to be done with lobbyists in Washington D.C. anyways. Of course, we encourage the folks at home to write to their legislators, and we make it easy for them to do so via our website www.norml.org.

A problem we have seen nationwide is the lack of one concise plan to follow when it comes to crafting laws for both medical and adult use programs. “That is why work being done at the state level is so important,” says Keith. “There are states that have set great examples, Colorado being one of them, but there are still no set standards for anyone to follow. One thing I feel makes a lot of sense is to not limit the number of licenses, let the free market determine that. As long as people have the money to start a new business, and they have the ability to apply for a license, then they should do so. Not everyone that applies will pass, some, of course, will fail to meet the requirements.” 

“The thing we have to keep in mind is, states like Colorado have already demonstrated that the sky did not fall when legalization takes place. It proved all of the original theories of naysayers wrong when the amount of DUID accidents and deaths did not skyrocket, and the predicted spike in youth usage never happened; it showed the rest of the country what is possible,” said Keith. As new states pass regulations, they have an opportunity to add things to their laws from the beginning that places like Colorado are still working on. One of the biggest issues states are dealing with that have medical and adult use programs is employer rights. 

According to Keith, “What our focus needs to be now is a valid test to measure impairment, not the presence of THC, actual impairment. We need this so we don’t discriminate against people unnecessarily. No one should lose their job because they have THC in their system. If the person is in an impaired condition, then fine, then of course disciplinary action should be taken. Employees should already know that they should not go to work drunk or stoned, or impaired in any way.” As companies continue to change their drug testing policies and more states continue to legalize, it is this writer’s hope that states can adopt measures to use a company like Predictive Safety. They have been working on an application for active impairment for a few years now and several businesses have begun using their platform to measure impairment. 

A workplace drug testing bill would be a good kind of change that the cannabis industry truly needs. Another change that is long overdue and desperately needed is records need to be expunged. Something that is bringing more awareness to this than ever is the Black Lives Matter movement that is currently taking place. “The movement has focused attention on the fact that the black community has paid a higher price than any other community for marijuana prohibition. Expungement is the most basic of steps. There are other policies that are important such as creating space for licenses to be received by the communities most affected by prohibition. They deserve a space in this industry,” says Keith. 

If cannabis policy and making a difference is something you feel passionate about, you should see if there is a NORML chapter near you and get involved. Anyone can change and inspire others to do so too.

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