OREGON: Kaya Holdings has announced it will be holding talks with Oregon state and local law enforcement authorities and compliance officials to launch “Kaya Cares,” a Cannabis-for-Opioids swap program whereby people dependent on opioids and wishing to explore cannabis as a safe alternative can exchange their prescription opioids for cannabis products at no cost.
“We decided to step up and do our part after President Trump announced the war on the opioid epidemic,” commented Kaya Holdings CEO Craig Frank, “Numerous studies, including those reported by Newsweek, NBC News, US News and World Report, CNN and others, have shown that states with legal marijuana programs have declining rates of opioid addiction, with some states reporting a decrease in deaths as high as 25%. We want to help people in the communities we serve, as well as demonstrate that cannabis companies can be part of the President’s solution to the crisis.”
KAYS presently operates three Kaya Shack marijuana retail stores to service the legal medical and recreational marijuana market in Oregon, with a fourth retail outlet scheduled to open shortly. Additionally, KAYS recently acquired a 26 acre parcel in Lebanon, Oregon, on which it plans to develop the Kaya Farms medical and recreational marijuana grow and manufacturing complex, at which it plans to explore development of opioid-free cannabis infused pain relief alternatives.
Adds KAYS Senior Advisor, W. David Jones, “The opioid epidemic kills an average of 91 Americans a day. Beyond the human cost in lives and devastated families, the epidemic disrupts our economy with reduced productivity and increased healthcare costs. We realize this administration has been reviewing its stance on legal marijuana and we appreciate US Attorney Jeff Sessions’ clarification to Congress regarding the Cole Amendment. We wish to heed President Trump’s call to create constructive, private sector based initiatives with high probabilities of success. We believe a program like Kaya Cares and other initiatives to be undertaken by KAYS will help transition people away from dangerous opioids, making the government’s war on opioids a little more successful.”