I am so excited to share my appointment to the #Cannabis Public Health Advisory Council from our wonderful Maryland Gov. Wes Moore. As both an emergency physician and a #medicalcannabis physician, I consider myself a healthy skeptic. While I have seen the immense therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis, it is not the panacea, like any medication it has a risk benefit ratio. As far as adult-use legalization which just started in Maryland this July 1st, as an emergency physician, I also fully understand the impact and have treated many substance-use disorder patients. And while responsibly using cannabis by adults, may not be more harmful than other legal substances like alcohol and tobacco and especially not as harmful as the prescription substances that have ravaged our country these past couple of decades, I cannot understate the importance of mitigating risk to the public. And luckily our great state of Maryland had the foresight to create this council as part of adult-use legalization to ensure public health, safety and harm-reduction. I am excited and honored to serve, the Governor, his administration and the people of Maryland in this way.
Read the news release from the Governor’s office at: https://governor.maryland.gov/news/press/pages/governor-moore-announces-appointments-to-office-of-social-equity-and-cannabis-public-health-advisory-council.aspx