Steph Sherer joins us and shares how medical Cannabis has grown to be more accepted in the medical community around the world: “We’re now at 31 countries with medical cannabis laws, and it looks like we’re going to be close to 60 by the end of the summer. So, in one way, outside of the US it’s pretty exciting. Really, the recommendations, if they’re followed by the UN, that the WHO has made, countries will actually be obligated to find access to these medications for their citizens. Which is maybe how we finally move things forward in the United States.”
Seth Adler: Steph Sherer returns. Welcome to Cannabis Economy. I'm your host, Seth Adler. Download episodes on CannEconomy.com, that's two Ns and the word Economy, or wherever you currently get your podcasts. There's a ton of direct insight on CannEconomy.com these days, from policy, business and scientists in the space. First a word from Wana Brands, and then Steph Sherer.
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Seth Adler: Steph Sherer. I mean, it's been years since we've done with this microphones.
Steph Sherer: It's true. It's true.
Seth Adler: So thanks for having me back-
Steph Sherer: Of course.
Seth Adler: ... here at HQ. President, founder, and it's only been 17 years that you've been doing this.
Steph Sherer: Yeah. Only 17. Only 17. You know, I was a very cocky 25-year-old when I started Americans for Safe Access. I was like, "We're only going to be doing this for a couple years."
Seth Adler: "Because we're just going to legalize it, done, everything's fine."
Steph Sherer: 80% support nationwide, even back then. So I thought, "This is going to be a piece of cake.
Seth Adler: Yeah. "And then I'll go do something else, maybe. I don't know. Who knows?" So, that does put on a pedestal the question, how do you think we're doing compared to ... What would 25-year-old Steph think about what the heck is going on right now?
Steph Sherer: Well, I think this is a global question now, which is pretty exciting.
Seth Adler: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Steph Sherer: I know that when we created our first strategic plan, we were looking at really every angle of the chessboard, and one of those angles was looking at the international work and looking at changing the scheduling at the UN level. It meant finding other countries that were also working on medical cannabis. And I think it's been a little bit of a surprise to me that the global aspects of what we've been working on are moving now. WHO suggesting that we reschedule cannabis before the US was on our strategic plan, so, we've been working on it for years, but yeah, I'm a little surprised that that happened first.
We're now at 31 countries with medical cannabis laws, and it looks like we're going to be close to 60 by the end of the summer. So, in one way, outside of the US it's pretty exciting. Really, the recommendations, if they're followed by the UN, that the WHO has made, countries will actually be obligated to find access to these medications for their citizens.
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