Public Health Organizations Send U.S. Governors Emergency Call to Action Re: Cannabis
An open letter to all U.S. Governors was sent out by a collection of 14 health organizations on Monday. The letter, reposted on Benzinga today, was sent to encourage the governors of medical marijuana states to recognize cannabis as a needed medicine and to designate cannabis dispensaries and producers as essential services.
The letter, signed by the 14 health organizations below, was meant to amplify a previous letter, sent by the patient advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA). It asks the governors and program directors of medical marijuana states to deem cannabis as a necessary medicine and the suppliers of legal medical cannabis as essential services, during the Covid-19 crisis. The letter goes on to express the organizations’ concern that if their recommendation is not taken, those who need medical marijuana will be forced to purchase untested, uncontrolled product on the illicit market.
The organizations that signed the letter are:
- AIDS United
- Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
- CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
- Compass LGBTQ Community Center
- Drug Policy Alliance
- Harm Reduction Coalition
- Marijuana Policy Project
- National Minority AIDS Council
- National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
- Oklahomans for Equality
- The Pride Center at Equality Park
- Students for Sensible Drug Policy