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Former NFL Champion Marvin Washington Joins BudTrader.com As Investor And Board Member

CALIFORNIA: BudTrader.com, an online medical marijuana marketplace, has announced that former NFL defensive end and champion Marvin Washington has become an investor in the company. In addition to his investment, Washington has joined BudTrader’s Advisory Board, already consisting of former WeedMaps CTO Grant Koneke, Cannabis industry icon, Douglas Leighton, and Jim Skelton, former CEO of Ocean Pacific.

In a statement released this week, Washington had this to say: “I am excited to join the BudTrader team. I know what championship organizations look like and BudTrader is definitely a championship organization. BudTrader is not only the largest marketplace in the world for cannabis business, but also a place for the cannabis community to connect and share information. I’ve watched it grow, and I look forward to its continued growth as the cannabis space becomes a true industry.”

During his 11 seasons in the NFL, Washington played for the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Denver Broncos, winning a championship with the Broncos in 1998. During his time in the NFL, Washington became passionate about cannabis as an alternative to pain management methods allowed by the league. It has been alleged that the league’s doctors rely on chemical pain killers too heavily when treating injured players, causing serious health and addiction issues which, cannabis advocates like Washington say, could be avoided if the NFL were to remove its restriction on cannabis for its players. The NFL currently suspends and heavily fines players who test positive for cannabis use.

For years, Washington has been an advocate for pro football players having the choice to use medical marijuana for pain management in lieu of more addictive opioids.

Cannabis Has A New Channel Connecting To 250 Million Televisions – In The United States Alone

New streaming media platform gives cannabis companies their best opportunity yet to showcase their brands and reach consumers all around the world through television, online, and mobile apps

NEW YORK: “A New Cannabis Channel” (ANCC), a far-reaching streaming television platform, is set to premiere next month on 4/20, the cannabis industry’s biggest day. The official channel name will be unveiled along with other exciting news in the weeks before the channel bows. Available on the most popular ways people find, consume and engage with content, ANCC offers unprecedented reach and exposure for cannabis, hemp and CBD brands.

ANCC is premiering globally on six television streaming services including Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV and LG Channels – services connected to 250 million televisions in just the United States alone. The channel will also be available online and accompanied by mobile apps for Android, iPhone, Amazon Mobile and Kindle.

 

“From the outside looking in, people may think that the cannabis industry is thriving, but there is still a lot of opportunity that has been out of reach,” said Dan Herer, of iconic Jack Herer™ Brands. “The cannabis industry needs to educate the marketplace, and cannabis businesses need a place to showcase their brands. By providing education through entertainment, A New Cannabis Channel blends the solution to these two challenges, opening the marketplace to tens of millions of people around the world like nothing else that is available.”

 

Despite the continuous march toward cannabis legalization in the United States – most recently with New Jersey and Virginia approving adult-use cannabis sales – the ability for brands to find and nurture large audiences remains limited, fractured and increasingly more complicated. Each state has its own regulatory framework, as do many localities, often constricting the manner and message that cannabis brands can use to reach target audiences. ANCC pierces through the complexity and restrictive regulations, offering cannabis businesses the best opportunity yet to advertise, build brand awareness and engage consumers.

With thousands of hours of high-quality video entertainment content, ANCC is empowered by 420MEDIA, which achieved historic firsts by airing 30-second cannabis commercial spots during prime-time programming on networks including BRAVO, Discovery and the History Channel, and the first-ever cannabis ads to air during an NFL Super Bowl. Viewers tuning into ANCC will see flagship series:

  • “5th Quarter” – Hosted by Super Bowl champion Marvin Washington, “5th Quarter” brings a new and higher standard to those seeking information about cannabis from the sports industry.
  • “Nurse Talk” – Cannabis personality “Nurse Heather” Manus, RN introduces important topics about medical cannabis in conversations with medical professionals and patients.
  • “Faces of Cannabis” – Profiling the biggest names in the cannabis industry including pioneers and the people building cannabis into a thriving industry.

“People don’t know where to buy, what to buy or how to use cannabis, and those are real problems we solve providing education through entertainment,” said Kerri Accardi, founder of 420MEDIA and the driving force behind A New Cannabis Channel. “Using engaging entertainment to solve the information problem opens new opportunities for cannabis brands, through advertising and product placements. We’re taking this solution even farther by using technology to make calls to action immediately accessible with the tap of a finger. The channel is free to watch, and brands can take full advantage of promotional opportunities for less than their tradeshow swag budgets.”

Leveraging the full internet-based streaming television feature set, advertising takes on a new look as brands are embedded and easily discoverable in every episode. Combined with permanently placed QR codes, viewers instantly leap from programming to product by tapping the screen of their mobile devices. Add-ons extend the reach of advertising with physical world promotional opportunities. And that is only the tip of the branding iceberg created by ANCC.

To get a sneak peek at ANCC streaming content visit its YouTube channel https://bit.ly/3bNDrcO.

Limited advertising and promotional opportunities remain for the 4/20 premiere. Cannabis, hemp and CBD brands interested in joining ANCC advertisers such as Jack Herer™ Brands, Curved Papers, and Chapman Health and Wellness should contact Mark Nockels at mark@anewcannabischannel.com.

“A New Cannabis Channel not only has the opportunity to dispel falsehoods and fiction of cannabis in all its forms, but the responsibility to expose the truth and facts long hidden and even removed from our understanding,” adds Herer. “This channel will not just show us how to survive in this future, but thrive in it. The truth is out: cannabis is the future.”

Kerri Accardi Is On A Mission To Educate The World About Cannabis

NEW YORK: Kerri Accardi wants to educate the world about cannabis. She’s been on a personal and professional mission since 2014, when a close relative passed away after an agonizing battle with cancer, suffering the brutal effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation — a battle Accardi believes might have been won had legal cannabis been available.

Her mission to the Staten Island, NY native to the canna-friendly West Coast right at the time when legalization movement was gaining momentum, where she connected with the advocates, growers, caregivers and community leaders who were at the center of California, Oregon and Washington’s quasi-legal medical marijuana movement.

With an activist’s eye and a passion for the plant, Accardi and her team at 420MEDIA have now created A New Cannabis Channel (ANewCannabisChannel.com), an omni-channel media play debuting April 20, 2021 (4/20).  Initial programming will include three original series: “5th Quarter” hosted by NFL Super Bowl Champion and cannabis activist Marvin Washington; “Nurse Talk” hosted by Nurse Heather Manus Sobel, founder of the Cannabis Nurses Network; and “Faces of Cannabis” intimate conversations with cannabis industry thought leaders, and will be available on ROKU, Amazon Fire Stick, Android, and iOS.

 

An ad-supported platform, A New Cannabis Channel is offering permanent commercial placement with integrated marketing, in-video shopping, social media and PR packages for the three inaugural series.

 

Listen in as MJNews founder David Rheins and Kerri Accardi catch up in this MJChannelOne Exclusive Interview:

Emmy Award-Winning Executive Elizabeth Browde Joins A New Cannabis Channel As COO

NEW JERSEY: Emmy award-winning media executive Elizabeth Browde is taking her talents to cannabis media, joining as COO of A New Cannabis Channel, a mainstream omni-channel scheduled to debut on 4/20/2021.

Ms. Browde, whose vast experience includes significant roles in platform start ups, television programming, celebrity global brands, brand building, TV commerce, will join CEO Kerri Accardi in the venture, designed to bring a variety of cannabis-infused edutainment programming to the canna-curious.

“Our focus is on educating the mainstream through compelling content, high-quality production, innovative advertising, and easy accessibility,” Accardi told MJNews. “We are on a mission to educate the world about cannabis.”

Scheduled for a soft launch on the stoner holiday 4/20, A New Cannabis Channel, will feature original programming with the leading voices in cannabis business, science, sports, medical, growing, and consumer culture.  Super Bowl Champion Marvin Washington will host “5th Quarter: What Happens After the Game.”; Nurse Heather Manus will host “Nurse Talk: Nurses Take on Medical Cannabis”; while “Faces of Cannabis” will feature thought-leaders in legal cannabis and hemp.

“This isn’t your stoner channel.” Browde tells David Rheins, “It is really about showing people the many uses of cannabis, and providing them with the information and tools they need to make decisions about how and when to use cannabis.

Listen in on this Marijuana Channel One exclusive, as MJNews Network’s David Rheins talks to Elizabeth about the role of media in the cannabis cultural revolution; women-run enterprises and how they are changing the canna-business; and the programming that will soon be coming to a screen near you.

Blumenauer Calls On Supreme Court To Review Historic Appeal Challenging The Constitutionality Of Federal Criminalization Of Cannabis

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, called upon the U.S. Supreme Court to review and proceed with hearing Washington v. Barr, the most significant and potentially consequential cannabis-related lawsuit ever to be filed.

The Court will consider the plaintiffs’ appeal at a conference on Friday, October 9, and if the Court accepts the appeal for consideration, it could pave the way to federal legalization of cannabis for the first time since 1937, providing relief to millions of Americans who treat with medical marijuana to maintain their health and lives. If the Court were to decline to hear the appeal, the case would be over for good, resigning another generation of medical marijuana patients and the state-legal cannabis industry – which has invested billions in the state-legal market – to further legal uncertainty.

“The fact that nearly 94 percent of Americans support legalizing medical cannabis and yet it remains illegal at the federal level is a national disgrace,” said Blumenauer. “Furthermore, the laws and subsequent court decisions on cannabis are a mangled patchwork of contradictions. This case is an important opportunity to fix our failed national cannabis laws.”

In July 2020, the plaintiffs in Washington v. Barr filed their appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the federal criminalization of medical marijuana. The case was filed on behalf of five plaintiffs, including former NFL player Marvin Washington, Iraq War Veteran Jose Belen, 15-year-old Alexis Bortell, nine-year-old Jagger Cotte and the Cannabis Cultural Association.

As acknowledged by the District Court in this case, Alexis, Jagger and Specialist Belen are patients whose lives have been saved by medical cannabis. As reflected in the Complaint, Marvin Washington is a cannabis entrepreneur whose business would otherwise be eligible for federal funding through the Minority Business Enterprise program, but for his participation in the cannabis industry. The Cannabis Cultural Association seeks economic parity and social justice for persons of color who have been unfairly singled out for prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act and unjustly excluded economically from the state-legal cannabis industry.

Blumenauer along with seven federal lawmakers submitted an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff’s appeal. The case also has amicus brief support from 19 advocacy groups, including the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the International Cannabis Bar Association, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Last Prisoner Project, Minority Cannabis Business Association, and Americans For Safe Access.

Despite its legalization by 38 U.S. states and territories, cannabis is illegal at the federal level, creating insurmountable problems for patients around the country. Patients have lost their jobs, been expelled from colleges, and lost their professional licenses, even if state-legal jurisdictions, due to cannabis stigmatization wrought by federal prohibition.

While cannabis is also on the ballot in five states that will be voting on some form of cannabis legalization in November, adoption of legalization electorally on the state level will not solve the problems associated with federal prohibition. Rather, it would merely reinforce the absurdity of marijuana’s classification under Schedule I.

To read the full amicus brief filed on behalf of Blumenauer and his Congressional colleagues, click here.

Are We Sleeping On The Women In Cannabis Media?

Recently, 420MEDIA CEO Kerri Accardi sat down with Tracy Lamourie for MJ News to discuss the exciting launch of her groundbreaking new venture A New Cannabis Channel

Here’s a peek into that conversation:

TRACY LAMOURIE: You have been doing some amazing things in the media and the cannabis space, and now you are combining the two in a way that I don’t think people are seeing just how groundbreaking it is!

KERRI ACCARDI: Maybe that’s because we didn’t Press Release our every move!

TRACY: Right! But now you are finally ready to let some of the secrets out! Can you tell us a little bit about the exciting things you have got going right now?

KERRI: Absolutely! I’m the founder of 420MEDIA, a full-service marketing and content creation agency.  Over the past 6 years we have been documenting the legalization of cannabis in the US. Currently we are in the process of launching a cannabis TV channel across ROKU, Apple TV, Firestick TV, Android TV, two mobile apps and online, with original programming, including a docu-series.

We are bringing education through entertainment with unprecedented opportunities for targeted advertising to cannabis and CBD companies.  We are super excited to take a very fragmented space and streamline the information to the mainstream while showcasing products and services in a way the public has yet to see.

There are so many people that they hear about CBD or they hear about the benefits of cannabis,  but they don’t know where to find a product or even worse they try a product that’s called CBD and it doesn’t work and right away they’re judging CBD as nonsense, but when you read the bottle it’s really hemp seed oil or something that doesn’t have CBD in it at all.

We really want to help guide people seeking knowledge. At the end of the day, we all have an endocannabinoid system with receptors for the plant on a molecular level. I don’t think the majority of people really understand that – and when they do it’s going to be a game changer.

TRACY: Absolutely- you’re talking education, you’re talking entertainment, the business of cannabis, literally anything relating to cannabis you will find on this channel. I know to bring something like this together doesn’t happen alone and you really have been able to gather an incredible team, some big names not just from cannabis but from the advertising world, from the world of marketing, from the world of media – you are bringing them all together, can you tell us about some of the people you have behind you and some of their experiences before joining you on this groundbreaking project in the world of cannabis.

KERRI: We have a phenomenal team that has come together absolutely from the mainstream industry. We have Emmy award winners; we have advertising executives – in fact the person who is creating our logo created one of the most iconic advertising campaigns I think ever in the world!

TRACY: Unbelievable!

KERRI: We will put names and more information and promo out over the next few weeks.

TRACY: I’m excited to see this develop. Can you tell me some more about the content, and I know it is incredible – you have got people at the top of their industries from athletics to the medical fields, not just one doctor but probably ten from across America – can you tell us a little bit about the content and the experience of gathering that over the years? I know it is a literal library, or a museum of cannabis history over the last few years.

KERRI:  Yes -we have a massive library of professionally filmed content – literally over 300 pioneers- on camera plus products, music, panels and speakers, and original programming.

Super bowl champion Marvin Washington hosts one of our series which explores cannabis from an athlete’s perspective. We have him in a CBD lab, pharmacy, events, as well as closed sets interviewing fellow NFL players and nurses – so it really is different insights coming through him.

Then we have another series hosted by a nurse and educator Heather Manus that is more geared to the medicinal side of the plant. What is the endocannabinoid system? Dosing, our receptors, what are the products and the different methods of ingestion and how does it affect us. Why is this plant working for people? We have another series called “Faces Of Cannabis” featuring over 30 pioneers sharing their story and insight into cannabis – from Wanda James who is on Netflix right now, to a child named Landon Riddle who is cancer free for seven years and he is nine years old to Dr Dina, the women the show “Weeds” was based on. We have a lot.

To me, in a time that is so divisive – to have over 300 people on camera to camera of different ages, ethnicities, and financial backgrounds that agree on one thing is pretty powerful.

TRACY: I know you have spoken in the past about the personal part of your mission.

KERRI: It’s super simple. I left New York on December 10th, 2013 I left on a mission to educate the world about cannabis.  My Aunt Kathy died. My best friend, my mentor, my everything. She died, and she didn’t have to. She definitely didn’t have to suffer like I watched.

I knew that no one would listen to me unless I knew what I was talking about, so I started at the bottom, literally – learning how to grow, meeting with patients, doctors, growers, lobbyists and more. This was back in 2013 in CA – it was a much different world.

In January 2014 NY quazi- legalized medical cannabis through executive order and thus 420MEDIA was born.

TRACY: What a journey. Somewhere your aunt is smiling down on you right now saying, ‘WOW! I inspired all this.’  You really are changing the world with this.  That’s not just language, people are going to see that as this develops – it’s going to be epic.

KERRI: What people don’t understand is that cannabis isn’t new, this medicine isn’t new, even the cannabis industry isn’t new – it’s new in the regulated space. California has been legal-ish for over twenty years and has been helping thousands of people.

TRACY : Now let’s talk a little about the business of cannabis, and I know from a business perspective it’s often difficult to get your message out in the space, struggles around advertising, struggles around restrictions and limitations on social media, lots of barriers about getting your message out there that we don’t face in messaging with other consumer products. So what you are doing is absolutely valuable to people in the cannabis marketing space.  Can you tell us a little bit about this really unprecedented advertising opportunity?

KERRI:  Everything was born out of a problem, and the problem is that brands do not have a place to advertise consistently. I learned about this over the past 6 years of owning an agency and having different television deals and advertising opportunities. They can just change their mind and the rules and the pricing and all sorts of craziness. This was created to enhance cannabis brands and products and give them a place to advertise and share their information very similar to television and TV commercials and when we go back into production we will have opportunity for product placement and sponsorships, so it is a space that will literally give brands the opportunity to showcase their product in high level content that has a truly targeted audience – because you aren’t coming to this channel to watch a baseball game.  You are coming to this channel to learn about cannabis

What’s the value of your athlete CBD cream being seen in a series hosted by a Super Bowl champion who also happens to have a case going to the Supreme Court over the legality of cannabis? What does it mean to have your brand showcased amongst medical professionals discussing the benefits of cannabis?

TRACY: So right now, can companies get involved? Right now, is there opportunity?

KERRI: Yes! What we are doing now, given the COVID-19 situation, is selling permanent placement in three of our series where we will build in commercials to showcase those brands and services. If you are in a series with Marv Washington, for example, you are in there forever. So, brands are getting multiple digital assets and a lifetime value. If they don’t have a commercial, we can have it created for a slight up-charge. If they do have a commercial, they can send it to us, and it will literally be edited in as if it was a part of that series. It is only for our inaugural series!

TRACY: So right now, anyone can get in on the ground floor, in there forever, they can basically write their own story right now as far as where they want to be.  As a publicist and a marketing person, I’m definitely excited about this for my own brand and for my clients, it’s great to be able to get in on the very beginning.

Cannabis Nurses Network Conference 2017 Is Oct 5-7 At UNLV Las Vegas

NEVADA:  Cannabis Nurses Network is producing the first ever 5.33 CEU Nursing accredited program October 5th – 7th, 2017, at UNLV-Las Vegas, Nevada (Greenspun Hall and Foundations Bldg) 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154.

The 2-day series is being produced in partnership with UNLV Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and Las Vegas NORML, and is expected to reach more than two hundred national and local nurses, students, healthcare professionals, and individuals from around the globe.

Lectures and panel discussions will integrate accredited curriculum of cannabis education, on the Endocannabinoid System (eCS) and the science behind the plant, including hands-on workshops and Interactive Sportsbook panels.

The Interactive Sportsbook Panel highlights the celebrity sports guests, discussing their personal experiences with cannabis, and what they are doing to create positive change in the health of future athletes. They will also weigh in on cannabis therapy vs. opioids, that are routinely “recommended” by their team physicians. Special guest speakers include: Prior NFL Players, Marvin Washington (NY Jets/Broncos/49ers), Eddie “Boo” Williams (Saints), Frank Hawkins (Raiders), and Steve Cantwell (WEC/UFC). This session will included autographs and photos/selfies with these amazing trailblazers.

The education continues at the Cannabis Nurses Magazine 2-Year Anniversary Party & Leaders of Nursing Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the beautiful, Las Vegas City Hall Lobby, Friday, Oct.6th, 2017 7PM-10PM at 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101.

National Cannabis Nurses, Sports Professionals, and Patients will be awarded for their efforts and will receive the ‘Leaders of Nursing Award’ from Cannabis Nurses Magazine for their dedication and commitment in providing education and awareness. Registration required. This is an Educational Only, Non-Consumption Event. While the demographics of those seeking “legalized cannabis in Las Vegas,” will be confused by the nature of this statement, the goal of CNNC2017 is to elevate the conversation at the local level, while assuring complete transparency. The CNN executive team met with numerous city, state and county officials, including LVMPD, the heads of the Marijuana Enforcement Divisions of each and every department at all levels, in order to be in compete compliance with NRS453 and local municipalities who support their efforts.

Cannabis Industry Talks Diversity This Week At Cannabis World Congress LA

CALIFORNIA:  The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo LA) picked a great time to convene in California, especially since there’s a measure on November’s ballot to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older. The Golden State is already one of 25 states along with D.C. that has legalized cannabis for medical use.  Thousands are expected at the CWCBE on September 8-92016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center to hear speakers address an assortment of issues related to the cannabis industry – like legislation, advocacy,  finance, science and product trends.

CWCBExpo LA tapped three cannabis experts from different industries to talk candidly about a growing concern in the cannabis “green rush” —  that is, diversity. Former NFL Super Bowl winner Marvin Washington; cannapreneur Bonita “Bo” Money, founder of Women Abuv Ground; and legal eagle Ariel Clark of the Cannabis Task Force will address diversity in a panel discussion, titled “Racial and Gender Diversity in the LA Cannabis Industry,” slated for 12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 in room 502A of the LA Convention Center. 

Thanks to the de-regulation of marijuana for medical and recreational use, the cannabis business is exploding, with sales estimated to reach $7 billion this year. It’s projected that the cannabis industry will top $35 billion annually by 2020. Still, minorities, namely African Americans and Latinos, may be left behind in the economic opportunities of the legal marijuana industry.

Money said that African Americans and Latinos are poised to miss the “green rush” for several reasons – that is, the lack of information about the legal use of medical marijuana; the cultural stigma associated with marijuana; the expensive start-up and application fees; and most importantly, the racial discrimination tied to drugs. “African American and Latino communities have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, leading to mass incarceration,” she explained. Because of criminal records, a large percentage of minorities are unable to participate in the business of cannabis due to state laws governing the industry.

“We can only achieve diversity in the medical cannabis market if it’s open to new businesses and entrepreneurs. That means we have to advocate for laws and policies that don’t play favorites,” added Ariel Clark, founder of Clark Neubert, LLC and chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force. “Without laws that support an open market, new businesses won’t be able to operate. The time for communities to educate themselves and organize is now.”

NFLer Washington has been a vocal advocate for medical marijuana in the NFL for managing the pain of the brain by football players, namely concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  Still, he stresses the need for inclusion of minorities in the cannabis business. “We want more than diversity, but inclusion,” said Washington.  “We need to stop settling for diversity, and instead, embrace inclusion by having a seat at the table in the cannabis industry to facilitate the decision-making of this burgeoning industry.”

MEET THE PANELISTS:

  • Marvin Washington —   a former NFL player, Washington retired after 11 years, playing with three different teams – that is, the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. He was a member of the Denver Broncos 1998 Super Bowl winning team and was voted by Sports Illustrated as the 36th best New York Jet of all-time. A voice for former players in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit, Washington addresses the truth about the outcome as well as the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Now an advocate for all-natural, non-habit forming cannabis, Washington is speaking out on the topic of using cannabinoids as neuroprotectants as well as ways to alleviate the nation’s number one health epidemic – that is, prescription opioid abuse and addiction.  

 

  • Bonita “Bo” Money – A woman in weed, cannapreneur, Money is one of the few women of color in the emerging, billion dollar cannabis business. Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Monterey, CA,  she is the co-creator of That Glass Jar ™ , a cannabis-infused topical, and founder of  Women Abuv Ground (WAG), a professional networking organization dedicated to educating and empowering minority women in the emerging cannabis industry. By providing resources and supporting women of color in the cannabis industry, the organization is creating a diversified culture, celebrating the brilliance of women entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. For more information about Women Abuv Ground, visit http://www.womenabuvground.com

 

  • Ariel Clark —  Clark is a founding partner of Clark Neubert, LLP, a leading law firm in the California and national cannabis industry, and the chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force. The task force is dedicated to creating a fair and vibrant cannabis industry in the city of Los Angeles by establishing a safe, lawful, and responsible local licensing system that aligns with the business and license categories authorized by California state law. Clark’s clients include licensed dispensaries, growers, and manufacturers in various states, including California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan. Clark earned her juris doctor ‘s degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and was awarded a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her professional affiliations include member of the California State Bar and Venice Chamber of Commerce, board member for California NORML, founder of Elevate LA (a Los Angeles cannabis industry based nonprofit), member of and policy advisor to California Growers Association, and member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. For more information about the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, visit http://lacannabistaskforce.org/

  

WANT TO GO?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo LA)

“Racial and Gender Diversity in the LA Cannabis Industry” panel discussion

12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. 

LA Convention Center | Room 502A 

1201 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

NFL Seeks Right Answer For Medical Marijuana Use

Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it’s not simply because more players are using it.

As attitudes toward the drug soften, and science slowly teases out marijuana’s possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is recognized as the analgesic of choice for many of its players.

“It’s not, let’s go smoke a joint,” retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington said. “It’s, what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?”

One challenge the NFL faces is how to bring marijuana into the game as a pain reliever without condoning its use as a recreational drug. And facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players complaining about the effects of prescription painkillers they say were pushed on them by team trainers and doctors, the NFL is looking for other ways to help players deal with the pain from a violent game.

Guest Blog: The Many Faces Of Marijuana In Professional Sports

Guest Post By Rachel Stires

When someone mentions major athletes, it’s easy for a particular person to come to mind. Whether it’s one of your favorite football players or a recent Olympic gold medalist, there are many different faces that have been burned into our memories when talking about sports. This includes the scandalous, the controversial, and sometimes the cases of athletes being terminated or suspended for illegal or improper behaviors. When it comes to marijuana and professional sports, there have been multiple cases of pot-smoking athletes suffering suspension and voided contracts, but also messages of hope and advocacy.

Perhaps one of the most notable athletes that uses marijuana and used it during his career is Ricky Williams. Williams has a long career in the NFL and numerous awards from his college days, but has clashed with the NFL regarding his cannabis use. Now, Williams is a strong advocate for medical marijuana, including for athletes who are dealing with physical or mental health issues. Williams spends his days further researching the medical benefits of the plant and pursuing various ventures in the cannabis industry. “Pain is part of life,” he states, “but suffering doesn’t have to be, and if we can find a way to help people suffering from anything, let’s do it; I think it’s our responsibility as human beings.”

In light of Andrew Bogut’s recent leg injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers are considering two players to replace him, one of them being the next on our list: Larry Sanders. Sanders played for the Milwaukee Bucks for 5 years, ending his career with two suspensions for marijuana use. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sanders explains “I will deal with the consequences from it. It’s a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it.” Since his retirement, he has been pursuing various creative ventures, but as of January 26th, Sanders has announced that he will be returning to basketball. On top of that, there are now rumors of him joining the Cavaliers to replace Bogut. Only time, and Sanders, will tell.

You’ve probably noticed that Williams is retired, and Sanders is currently inactive. It might seem a little weird to not talk about athletes that are still active, but the reality is that talking about marijuana use among current players is still taboo. That’s because it can be a very real threat to their careers. The NFL, NBA, and MLB all test for marijuana for various reasons, and the punishments for said usage can be heavy. There are hints, rumors, and statistics floating around about how many pro-athletes actually use cannabis, but we’re never going to know just how many do until it becomes legalized or less restricted. Until then, we’re going to continue to see gifted players like Williams and Sanders suspended, made infamous, fade away from a sport they’re passion about, and become another statistic.


Rachel Stires is a media relations specialist for the Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida. In her spare time, she takes a special interest in health and fitness, including alternative treatments to common ailments.