Federal Reclassification Of Marijuana Could Have Major Impact On Medical Uses

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Federal authorities have announced that they are reviewing the possibility of loosening the classification of marijuana, and if this happens, it could have a far-reaching impact on how the substance is used in medical settings, experts said.

Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is listed alongside heroin and LSD as among the “most dangerous drugs” and has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced last week that it is reviewing the possibility of reclassifying it as a Schedule II drug, which would put it in the same category as Ritalin, Adderal and oxycodone.

Medical experts are welcoming the review, saying it could ease restrictions for researchers, so that they can better understand which compounds in marijuana could be used to help patients.

The American Medical Association told ABC News that the group supports the review “to help facilitate scientific research and the development of cannabinoid-based medicines.”

Medical Cannabis Education: The Healing Power of Knowledge Comes To TV

CALIFORNIA – AK Ventures, a social purpose corporation servicing the cannabis industry, has announced its latest media project, ”Medical Cannabis: The Healing Power of Knowledge”, a 30-minute series that the company intends to distribute via the major television broadcast networks like CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox.

According to company founder Kerri Accardi, the show is intended to inform and educate mainstream TV viewers on cannabis, cannabis healing, and the emerging cannabis industry as a whole.   Featuring interviews with interesting guests, topical discussions, politics, investigative journalism, health and sports medicine, planned segments will include cannabis industry notables Dr. Sue Sisley, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, nurses Heather Manus, Marcie Cooper, Juhlzie Monteiro of Cannabis Nurses Magazine; attorneys Ken Sobel and Michael Minardi; botany expert and founder of the nonprofit Haleigh’s Hope Jason Cranford; business pioneers Chloe Villano, Cloverleaf University; MJBA founder David Rheins, and Vivian McPeak, founder Seattle Hempfest, “the longest running protestival in the world.”

“We will learn from Veterans Roger Martin and Michael Kravitz and their work on PTSD, The Silver Tour’s Robert Platshorn and his expertise on senior’s health and cannabis,” Accardi said.  “The audience is also introduced to the emotional story of 15 year old medical refugee and Crohn’s survivor / thriver Coltyn Turner and his family.  There will be surprise celebrity and athlete appearances as they stop by to show their support for cannabis education.  The airwaves have never seen anything like this.”

Accardi, founded AK Ventures in the memory of her much loved aunt, who died in 2013.  “We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to share this information and education in a fun filled, visually appealing, entertaining way with the support of mainstream media.”

As point of clarification, CBS is not producing or sponsoring this project.  It is AK Ventures that is producing the program and is seeking sponsors to fund the purchase of the airtime across multiple markets in the country.

The opportunity that AK Ventures has created for the cannabis community truly is unprecedented. In Accardi’s words,  “We are creating her-story in history!  We are proud to announce Lelehnia DuBois, founder of Humboldt Grace and Michael O’Malley, Curved Papers for becoming a first- to – market sponsor to support the end of prohibition.”

AK Ventures is offering ethical cannabis related and other supportive companies the historic opportunity to be a part of it, giving them the chance to help support cannabis education in North America.   Sponsors will be integrated throughout the programming.