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California may put mental health warning on pot products

By Lauren Barry, KRLD Radio, June 17th, 2022

Later this month, members of the California state assembly committee will meet to discuss a bill that would require new labels on cannabis products regarding mental health risks and more. The bill has already passed the state Senate.

Cases of Cannabis-Induced Psychosis Rise. Lawmakers Want to Add Mental Health Warnings to Pot Products

By April Dembosky, KQED, June 7th, 2022

“Today’s turbocharged products are turbocharging the harms associated with cannabis,” says Dr. Lynn Silver with the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit sponsoring the proposed labeling legislation, SB 1097, the Cannabis Right to Know Act.

Article was picked up by news outlets nationwide, including NPR. 

Textual and Pictorial Enhancement of Cannabis Warning Labels: An Online Experiment among At-Risk U.S. Young Adults

By Dr. Lynn Silver, Alisa A. Padon, Others, Science Direct, June 6, 2022

This study experimentally examines whether enhanced cannabis warning labels (CWLs) outperform those currently required in the U.S. in improving recall of health risks, emotional responses, and perceived message effectiveness among at-risk young adults.

California: The State of Cannabis, Interview with Dr. Lynn Silver 

KTVU-TV, April 20, 2022

On a special edition of KTVU News at 4, Heather Holmes speaks with pediatrician Dr. Lynn Silver about health warnings on edible marijuana products and the Cannabis Right to Know Act.

Opinion: Like Tobacco, Cannabis Should Include a Warning Label — Especially for Suicide Risk

By Dr. Roneet Lev, Times of San Diego, April 5, 2022

Cannabis products should carry a warning and consumer protections like tobacco and alcohol. One of the warnings is that the key ingredient THC has a risk of suicide. That’s why Senate Bill 1097, the Cannabis Right to Know Act, is a step in the right direction for consumer protection.

The Cannabis Right to Know Act – Press Event News Coverage

Our gathering of doctors, public health groups, youth and children advocates, and parents for a virtual press conference urging passage of The Cannabis Right to Know Act (SB 1097 – Senator Pan) received an enormous amount or press coverage! In addition to being featured on three primetime television news shows (including KRON-4 and KTVU-2) and featured in Politico and Calmatters newsletters, check out some of our other media highlights:

State bill proposes more prominent warning labels for cannabis

Eureka Times-Standard, March 31, 2022

“The Cannabis Right to Know Act makes sure that consumers know how to use cannabis more safely, know why using legal cannabis is safer and know the key health risks associated with cannabis use,” state Senator and pediatrician Richard Pan, the author of the bill, said during a Thursday press conference.

Opinion: Fact Checking Misleading Claims that California’s Cannabis Industry Is Suffering

Times of San Diego, March 23, 2022

In their quest to expand the industry’s commercial footprint in cities and counties across the state, lobbyists have disseminated information that does not align with independent research conducted by the Public Health Institute, which tracks local laws, cannabis licenses, and market data. 

Setting the Record Straight: Fact-Checking Claims About California’s Legal Cannabis Industry

As California’s Cannabis industry claims to be failing and asks for tax relief, Getting it Right from the Start fact-checked their claims. Many appear to be misleading, and the legal industry is expanding rapidly. See our new fact sheet, Setting the Record Straight.

As new California bill seeks cannabis tax breaks, youth groups appeal to state to keep funding

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, February 17, 2022

Dr. Lynn Silver, Public Health Institute program manager, contends cannabis businesses trying to circumvent their tax obligations are “violating the intent” of what the state voters passed in 2016 with Prop. 64. The pediatrician suggested the anti-tax movement is driven by large cannabis corporations “maximizing profits” at the expense of children’s programs.

California’s cannabis conundrum — protecting youth or corporate profit?, By Dr Lynn Silver, Director of Getting it Right from the Start

San Jose Mercury News, February 12, 2022

Dr. Lynn Silver of Getting it Right from the Start details the challenges facing the legal cannabis market, the problem of overproduction, the importance of preserving current industry tax rates to pay for important prevention and health programs, and a series of sensible approaches to cannabis legalization in California.

California Promised Social Equity After Pot Legalization. Those Hit Hardest Feel Betrayed.

By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2022

Marisa Gerber of the Los Angeles Times investigates the unfulfilled Prop 64 promises of social equity for the communities most negatively impacted by the Drug War. Why not reserve all, or most, licenses for equity applicants & reject cannabis industry calls for across-the-board tax cuts so we can preserve what funding there is for childcare, youth, and equity programs?

Editorial: Billboards advertising pot broke Prop. 64’s promise. Don’t go back on the pledge to protect teens

Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2022

The Los Angeles Times points out that shielding teens from increased exposure to marijuana was a key selling point of the legalization plan California voters approved in 2016 and current billboard advertising violates its intent. The piece interviews our own Alisa Padon, who describes how seeing billboards advertising cannabis in communities serves to normalize it.

Ultra-high potency #Cannabis products resulting in more teens suffering from mental health disorders & lasting impacts on decision-making & problem-solving skills. Youth esp. cautioned because brains still developing. CA needs #SB1097! @nytimes @cdcaron https://t.co/tRhJWmfTbi

.@nytimes’s @cdcaron investigates health threats to teens from increasingly high potency #cannabis products, incl. psychosis, schizophrenia, & suicidal ideation, citing CA’s #SB1097 – which will add mental health warnings - as way to address crisis. https://t.co/tRhJWmfTbi #CaLeg

While illegal, unregulated cannabis-infused edibles made to look like popular brands may seem harmless, they may be dangerous, particularly for kids.

I joined a bipartisan coalition urging Congress to give brands tools to prevent these look-alikes from entering the market.

The #CaLeg just took another big step towards a safer #cannabis market & a better-informed consumer with passage of #SB1097 (@DrPanMD/@AsmKevinMcCarty) through Assembly B&P CMTE! Thank you @AssemblyDems & committee Chair @AsmMarcBerman! Next up: Assembly Appropriations!

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Two cannabis bills detrimental to public health and food safety, Dr. Lynn Silver, Director of Getting it Right from the Start

CalMatters, July 20, 2020

The article details a Getting it Right from the Start report that found much of cannabis revenues from legal marijuana in California, aren’t going towards helping the poor, or Black and Brown neighborhoods most harmed by the War on Drugs, but rather, the police.

Californian Cannabis Tax Revenues Are Used to Boost Police Budgets

By Alexander Lekhtman, Filter, July 23, 2020

The article details a Getting it Right from the Start report that found much of cannabis revenues from legal marijuana in California, aren’t going towards helping the poor, or Black and Brown neighborhoods most harmed by the War on Drugs, but rather, the police.