Commercializing 21st Century Weed
Featured expert: Ben Cort
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The publicized and politically charged world of drug policy has undergone immense changes over the past several years and those changes manifest not just in policy but also in the physical makeup of the cannabis plant and products derived from components of the plant. Not only has the perception of the plant changed, but the actual plant itself has also undergone dramatic changes as it has been industrialized and brought into a commercial market. As public opinion has softened towards cannabis the effects of consuming today’s marijuana remain poorly understood.
At the end of this 45-minute webinar, participants will learn how to:
- Understand the difference between today’s corporately produced marijuana and what grows naturally and has been consumed in the past
- Identify current forms of THC consumption including edibles, vaporizers, and concentrates
- Discuss the science of today’s marijuana and the harms associated with it
From non-profits to hospitals to private programs, Ben has been a leader inside of many forms of addiction treatment and prevention. From 2017-2020, Ben was a consultant to various treatment programs, state governments, professional and collegiate athletics, and labor. He is now CEO of the Foundry Steamboat Springs, an inpatient treatment program for men in the mountains of Colorado. Ben is a Jr. Fellow at the University of Florida inside of their drug policy institute, a board member for NALGAP (National Association of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender treatment providers and their allies), a Board member at SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and faculty at numerous institutes. He is a published author (Weed Inc, Simon and Shuster 2017), and his TED talk “Surprising Truths about Legalizing Cannabis” has been viewed over 2.5 million times.
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