MASS CANNABIS SPEAKS PRESS CONFERENCE
JUNE 12, 2019 - MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE STEPS
THERE IS UNITY IN OUR COMMUNITY
Press Conference recap by Dr. Marion McNabb, C3RN CEO
On June 12, 2019 over 40 cannabis community advocates, academics, policy makers, industry, and other engaged citizens attended a community press conference at 2 PM on the MA State House steps. The event, organized by Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) was in response to an academic statement of concern issued by the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance (MAPA) in May 2019 regarding the roll out of cannabis legalization and the social equity program in MA.
Event organizers gave opening speeches about how the MAPA statement recommendations related to the social equity program did not take into account local health inequities and the reality of where the CCC social equity program is in the state. Dr. Marion McNabb presented a public health response to the MAPA statement, which focused on highlighting local health inequities and how cannabis can be used for providing jobs, income, and development - which in turn can positively impact health outcomes. You can read Dr. McNabb's statement HERE.
Speakers invited to the event prepared three positive recommendations for how Massachusetts can be a leader in the nation for cannabis and social equity.
Among others, the MARIJUANA ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT COALITION (MEEC) submitted a formal Response to Statement of Concern: Marijuana Policy in Massachusetts from Pediatricians, Mental Health and Addiction Clinicians & Scientists of Massachusetts. You can read their response to the statement HERE.
The following speakers gave remarks during the event:
- Dr. Marion McNabb, CEO C3RN
- Randal MacCaffrie, CIO, C3RN
- Dr. Eric Ruby, board-certified pediatrician in Taunton, Massachusetts, private practice and Morton Hospital. He is one of two cannabis certifying pediatricians in Massachusetts.
- Stephen Mandile, President, Alternative Treatment for Veterans
- Will Luzier, Marijuana Policy Project, MA
- Matt Parker, Union of Minority Neighborhoods
- Kate Phillips, C3RN
- Kathrine Rifkin, MassCann NORML
- Bill Flynn, MassCanna/NORML
- Andrew Mutty, Beantown Greentown
- Joe Gilmore, MRCC
- Beth Waterfall, Elevate Northeast
- Chauncy Spencer, Mattapan Economic Empowerment Applicant
- Peter Bernard, Massachusetts Growers Advocacy Council
- J Max Piergallini, Medical Patient
- Ed Desousa, River Run Gardens
- Cara Crabb-Burnham, Elevate Northeast
- Samson Racioppi, MassCann/NORML
- Maggie Kinsella, MassCann/NORML
- Tito Jackson, TILT Holdings
- Blake Mensing, The Mensing Group
- Derrell Black, Minorities for Medical Marijuana
- Sarah-Janna Noodle, Medical Patient Revolutionary Clinics
- Niambe McIntosh, Executive Director, Peter Tosh Estate & Brand
- Charlotte Catharo, Cannabis Accounting Expert
- Scott Brodsky, The Harvest Cup
- Karima Rizk, Café Vert
- Sherri Tutkus, Green Nurse Group
- Big Ed Desousa, River Run Gardens
- Michael Dube, Disrupt Boston
- Seth Frappier, Chronic Trips
- Izaak Villarreal, Massachusetts Economic Empowerment
- Marie Robinson, Western Massachusetts
- Christian, UMass Boston SSDP
- Vanessa Jeanbaptiste - Economic Empowerment Applicant
We are grateful for those who came out to share recommendations and y our voice! C3RN is compiling the recommendations and videos to share with the cannabis control commission for how Massachusetts can be a leader in the nation for cannabis and social equity.
You can read the news from the Boston Globe HERE
TV interview with Dr. Marion McNabb and Steve Mandile on NECN June 12 regarding the rebuttal