One of the first things that marijuana opponents offer up when railing against cannabis is to say 'there needs to be more research first.' Don't be fooled, this is nothing more than a delay tactic. Opponents know that if they just drag their feet, that marijuana prohibition will stay in place because after all, if prohibitionists and supporters both never lifted a finger, prohibition remains intact. Opponents know that, which is why they constantly try to punt when it comes to a serious conversation about marijuana research.
The cannabis plant has all kinds of beneficial properties that are just waiting to be understood by researchers. However, there are many hurdles that get in the way of marijuana research projects. That's the topic of a panel discussion at UNLV today. Participating will be three people that I admire very much. John Hudak from the Brookings Institution, leading marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley MD, and NFL player Eugene Monroe will all be on the panel.
You would be hard pressed to find someone that knows more about the public policy side of cannabis research, especially the hurdles, than John Hudak. Dr. Sue Sisley MD has been in the news a lot the last couple of years because of the issues she has experienced when trying to conduct marijuana research. Her first hand experiences would be very interesting to hear I'm sure. Eugene Monroe has been very vocal lately about the need for more cannabis research related to football injuries, and his #cannabis4pain campaign has been receiving a lot of attention. Any one of those three speakers is reason enough to come out to an event, let alone all three of them on the same panel.
Below is more information about the panel, via the event's listing on Barriers to Cannabis Research Expert Panel Event coming to UNLV
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On May 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., a panel of nationally recognized cannabis experts will be at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to discuss the need for reforms of medical marijuana research, as well as and its increased use as treatment for a number of diseases and conditions.
Sponsored by The Grove, this event will feature nationally recognized researchers, legislators and advocates who will speak to the opportunities that become possible when the medical community is able to explore cannabis in the same manner as other pharmaceuticals.
To attend this event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-222- 2362.
When: Today, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: University of Nevada, Las Vegas