Americans for Safe Access to Host Advocate Discussion of CNN’s Weed 3

WASHINGTON, DC- Over the last two years Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s reporting has been truly groundbreaking in mainstreaming the benefits of medical marijuana. Dr Gupta has brought stories of everyday Americans that obtain essential benefits from medical marijuana products into the living rooms of millions of Americans.

“Watching CNN’s Weed was the first time many Americans saw everyday people benefiting from medical marijuana,” said Steph Sherer executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “Seeing how much good medical marijuana can do has lead to an outgrowth in activism that has helped create new laws at the state level and is laying the foundation for important federal legislation.” 

On April 19th, CNN will premiere the third installment of their documentary series on medical marijuana Weed 3 documenting the ongoing developments in what Dr. Gupta has declared a “medical marijuana revolution.” The following day-- on April 20th at 7:00pm EST-- patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will host a Google Hangout to discuss the documentary and the issues it examines.

What: Google Hangout on the medical marijuana revolution and issues raised in Sanjay Gupta's Weed 3.

Featuring: ASA executive director Steph Sherer,  PA State Senator Mike Folmer (invited) Jahan Marcu Ph.D, Matt Kahl, U.S. combat veteran and activist with Grow for Vets and Weed 3 participant Dr. Sue Sisley.

When: Monday April 20th 7:00pm EST.


Participant Biographies:

Steph Sherer is founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.

Senator Mike Folmer is the co- sponsor of Senate Bill 3, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, which would allow Pennsylvania physicians to prescribe medicinal cannabis. He has led a bipartisan effort to give patients access to medical cannabis, which has been proven effective across the nation in treating many disorders but is not legal in Pennsylvania.

Sue Sisley M.D. is a medical cannabis researcher. Her research into medical marijuana as a treatment for Posttraumatic stress disorder lead to her being fired for from the University of Arizona after political pressure was directed at the University over her research.  Dr. Sisley is the recipient of the 2015 Researcher of the Year award from ASA.

Matthew Kahl served with the U.S Army 101st Airborne Infantry (Air Assault), 1/506th Infantry Regiment “Band of Brothers”. He is a combat veteran that sustained injuries during a combat patrol in which a medic was killed and two other soldiers wounded. He was diagnosed with PTSD shortly after. He is currently the Horticulture Director with the advocacy group Operation Grow 4 Vets.

Jahan Marcu, Ph.D is the Research and Development Director at Green Standards Diagnostics Inc.,a cannabinoid research scientist, and the Senior Science Advisor at ASA. Dr. Marcu is the recipient of the 2012 Researcher of the Year award from ASA.


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