Register now for our 6th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in Washington, DC. Unity 2018 is your place to gather with other patients, providers, activists, medical and legal professionals from around the country; to learn best practices, exchange ideas and learn how to navigate medical marijuana in this new political landscape.
This year's Americans for Safe Access Unity conference focuses on the life-saving role that medical cannabis can play in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic.
The Opioid Epidemic in the US is claiming 91 American lives a day. Current policies focus on downstream strategies and criminalizing patients and medical professionals. Research shows a nearly 25% decrease of opioid overdose deaths in states with medical cannabis laws. However, medical cannabis is not option for all patients due to the federal-state legal conflict, inadequacies in state laws, and lack of medical professional and patient education.
It is critical that our nation's lawmakers understand and respond to medical cannabis’ potential role in mediating this crisis.
- States: Pass new regulations and legislation to make it easier for people with Pain, Chronic Pain, and Opioid Use Disorder and their medical professionals to utilize medical cannabis in their treatment plans
- Federal: Leverage cannabis therapies in combating opioid crisis to pass the CARERS Act and other legislation like CJS amendment
- Education: Increase education of medical professionals, service providers, and patients
- Research: Conduct clinical trials on cannabis and opioids
With the uncertainty of policies under a new US President, 2018 will be one of the most important years for medical cannabis policy ever. We will need to work harder than ever to continue the momentum of moving forward with changes in laws and policies that result in safe access globally. Our goal is to connect advocates, industry workers and leaders, researchers, doctors and others to effect real change for medical cannabis. Sign up today so that you can be a part of it all at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, May 22-24, 2018.
As a participant, you will get the chance to meet, connect with, and learn from other patients, providers, activists, medical and legal professionals from around the country, and be a part of our continued efforts to change domestic and international policy.
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