Former Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy – yes, those Kennedys – is heading up a new anti-marijuana legalization group known as SAM. They advocate rather extreme measures aimed at marijuana users, including mandatory health screenings and “marijuana education” programs, or even forced rehab for up to a year.

Bush of a hemp with dropsThe medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access is inviting Mr. Kennedy to learn more about the cannabis plant, and the medical abilities of marijuana. They provide details in a press release, which reads in part:

Washington, DC – In response to public comments made against U.S. marijuana reform today by former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, patient advocates wrote to Kennedy inviting him to attend a national conference on medical marijuana scheduled for February 22nd – 25th at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Kennedy announced today the formation of a new group, “Smart Approaches to Marijuana,” or SAM, which claims to take a different approach to marijuana use than legalization advocates or government drug warriors. However, advocates argue that SAM’s apparent pro-public health approach ignores the therapeutic benefits of the marijuana plant and is simply using a new narrative to make the same arguments used by marijuana opponents for years.

The country’s largest medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has invited Kennedy to find out more about the marijuana plant and its proven medical efficacy. On February 22nd, ASA will host a National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, “Bridging the Gap Between Public & Policy,” which will include workshops and panels on the scientific research around medical marijuana, strategic planning, skills building, and a lobby day on Monday, February 25th, with hundreds of advocates requesting reform of their Member of Congress.

“The opening day of the conference will be dedicated solely to scientific research on the medical efficacy of cannabis,” read the letter to Kennedy. “Co-sponsored by Patients Out of Time, the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and the American Alliance of Medical Cannabis, the day will feature world-class medical marijuana researchers from around the world, presenting on the most recent advancements in the field.”

It’s doubtful Kennedy will accept, since people like him really don’t want to know the truth about marijuana. They rely on the propaganda of the past to raise money and advance their agenda. If that propaganda is countered, they will lose their edge.

It is a nice offer, nonetheless, and when he doesn’t accept it will show how little interest he has in the truth.

Joe Klare

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