We’ve seen sweeping legalization around the United States, but there’s still a lot of misconceptions about marijuana and the marijuana industry.
To be a medical patient, some people think their only option is to smoke.
They just don’t know how far the cannabis industry has come, with edibles, drinks, oils, and a growing list of products and pain management solutions.
At Cannabisconsin, our goal is educate the public, allowing people to make informed decisions.
That’s why today, I talked with an expert about some of the biggest misconceptions still out there about the cannabis industry.
Lorna O’Hara is the Executive Director of New Jersey Marijuana Retailers Association, a trade organization of responsible retailers in non-cannabis industries that was organized in anticipation of legalization in NJ.
They currently have 40 retailers as members, all of whom are certified by the organization as supporting its code of ethics.
I started by asking O’Hara about the biggest misconceptions about products in the marijuana industry.
“Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule-I drug under the Controlled Substance Act, placing it in the same category as heroin and other opium derivatives. To be meet the criteria for Schedule I means that a drug has a high potential for abuse similar to that of heroin or cocaine. Research has shown marijuana does not meet the standard for this classification.”
“The reason that marijuana is turning into the next thriving American industry is like-minded entrepreneurs that uphold standards and ethics are taking this regulated environment seriously. The misconception permeating some in the public is the fear of the unknown and not trusting these are going to be high-level operations. We are witnessing a regulated environment with owners and operators who have implemented a formal code of ethics and adopted best practices throughout the industry.”