Cultivating Support for Medical Cannabis

Cannabis advocacy is growing, gaining epic support compared to decades ago. Grassroots cannabis activists helped to lay the foundation for where we are today. Continued education to help facilitate factual knowledge and information about cannabis is very much needed still globally, especially here in the United States. While many people think everyone knows about cannabis this is not the case. I travel from one side of the country to the other. From east coast to west coast there’s a different perception about ganja.

On the west coast of the United States cannabis is widely accepted. Both medical and recreational Cannabis is available in several of these states. Washington State, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Colorado all have legal recreational access for adults 21 and up. Consumers and patients in these states are not demonized like they are in the southeastern United States or throughout the Bible Belt. In locations such as Tennessee, cannabis is still viewed as the devil’s lettuce and a gateway drug to hell by many who live there.

This is not true. Cannabis is unity and healing. It’s a reduction in violence, prescription drug abuse, and alcohol related crimes like domestic violence and DUI’s. Cannabis is giving children a chance at life. It’s helping our soldiers to heal. It can change the way we live making the planet and everyone on it healthier and happier. Will this change happen overnight? No. Can this change happen? Yes. It’s happening again.

Cannabis Advocacy from the Professional Medical Community

I’ve had the pleasure of learning more about cannabis in the past few years than ever in my life. During this time, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some inspiring and incredible people. These people have a vibe I dig. They want to help people. They want to teach people. They stand up for people. I’m pleased to share the stories and personal thoughts of some of the great individuals in this series of articles.

Cannabis is many things to many people. To some, it’s a way of life. Others, believe cannabis is the devils lettuce, consumed by the negative effects of reefer madness propaganda. Then, there are those who are new to this sensational plant. Helping to teach the world the truth about herb, I’d like to introduce you to the first remarkable soul in this series. Meet Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD, MPH, FAAFP.

Dr. Uma is a “Green Leaf Warrior” for cannabis patients globally. Her passion to educate the public to the truths about cannabis are echoed in her words “Cannabis is not a gateway drug, it’s an exit drug”. Let’s learn the basics about this empowering and inspiring woman together.  Dr. Uma started out her career in medicine back in the 1980’s. She has cultivated the knowledge pertaining to cannabis to make her highly accredited

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD MPH FAAFP

This is a passionate and very educated friend to the cannabis community. She is the supervisor for the Fight Opioid Overdose and Addiction with Medical Cannabis Project in Colorado amongst the many other avenues of cannabis advocacy she’s chosen to peruse.  Here are some of the other endeavors that Dr. Uma partakes in.

  • Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, SPEAKER CANNABIS EXPERT, Global Occupational & Environmental Wellness,
  • Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC Harvard School of Public Health
  • Greater Boston Area
Cathleen Graham Registered Nurse, Co-Founder, Board of Directors Cannabis Standards Institute

This is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. Very involved in the community and state, Cathleen is an inspiration for many people out there. She provides a wealth of knowledge for those looking to learn more about treatment options that involve cannabis. She is another “Green Leaf Warrior”.

  • Regional Manager, Weekend Service Operations at Hospice of Michigan
  • CS Health Stop LLC Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

It’s through the passion, dedication, and commitment of advocates such as you and I and incredible people like the two ladies mentioned here that we can bring that much needed change I’m always talking about. It won’t happen overnight but together, we can make it happen. A single seed can tip the scales, you could be that seed.

Article courtesy of Expert Contributor: JamesP from CannaLance (, @CannaLance, @CannaLancer710)