There is an urgent need to serve and repair the communities that have been most damaged in many ways by the war on drugs and cannabis bans. This should be a top priority for both cannabis activists and cannabis professionals (among others).
While there are many, MANY ways the cannabis ban has played a role in systemic racism and social injustice for these communities, one particular way they have become severely underserved in the area of health justice. There has never been a clear path to finding ways to ensure that cannabis medicine (and the cannabis economy) serves the health justice needs of these communities and society at large, or a clear path to career advancement and economic opportunity educate and promote for BIPOC health professionals in cannabis … until now.
Association for Cannabis Health Justice and Medicine (ACHEM)
Join the Association for Justice and Medicine for Cannabis Health (ACHEM), a new nonprofit medical association for health professionals and healers of black, indigenous and colored people (BIPOC).
On Saturday, February 27, 2021, ACHEM (Ay-Kem) started with a virtual open day and a launch party. ACHEM is the first professional association of its kind, and it promises to empower, nurture, and support communities disproportionately affected by the country’s draconian drug laws and guidelines that use cannabinoid drugs to fill persistent health and wellness gaps.
The Virtual Open House and Launch Party, ACHEM’s first public event, drew over a hundred distant attendees who banded together to get an overview of the association, its mission and the four pillars of the organization – enrich, promote, participate and To serve. The ACHEM Board of Directors spoke with conviction and openness, providing attendees with detailed information on the innovative field of cannabinoid medicine. ACHEM also shared its political platform and vision for rebuilding communities that have borne the brunt of the aggressive war on drugs that wrongly targeted people of color.
Dr. Obie, Dr. Rachel Knox and Dr. Jessica Knox at the virtual ACHEM kick-off event.
“ACHEM’s message about healing, hope and justice for blacks, indigenous peoples, Latinx and other color communities through the expansive lens of cannabis was very well received by our attendees,” said Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA, ACHEM board chairman. “This community is eager to learn more about ACHEM, its vision and approach to cannabis as a herbal medicine and a fundamental solution to health inequalities. We are thrilled with the response and look forward to seeing them using ACHEM through its pillars to advance their respective practices. “
ACHEM is the first and only professional medical association founded by and for health and medical professionals and color students.
With your generous support, we can expand member recruitment efforts and create official launch programs in the first quarter of 2021. Pic.twitter.com/KFceGIWkcq
– ACHEM (@achemed_org) December 11, 2020
ACHEM brought together medical professionals and students from black, indigenous and Latin American communities (BIL) interested in doing equitable work in the burgeoning cannabis industry. The association will provide educational resources and competency training to new and current health care professionals in cannabinoid medicine and endocannabinology, an emerging field of medicine focused on the human endocannabinoid system and its role in the body.
Systemic Racism and Health Justice
Health equity is at the heart of ACHEM’s goal. For too long, systemic racism has had negative health consequences, leading to higher disease and death rates in color communities. ACHEM seeks to eradicate inequalities by training and empowering people who step into the field and by amplifying the voices of black and brown medical professionals.
The cannabis ban has devastated the BIL communities, and ACHEM believes cannabis can be used to heal this damage.
“With an equity-focused, science-based industry, cannabis medicine can become a tremendous force forever,” said Dr. Knox. “Education, advocacy, regulation, and access can support restoration in communities suffering from years of systemic injustice and create tremendous opportunities for advancement. By focusing on BIPOC alternative practitioners, ACHEM enables people of color to be agents of change in our own communities. “
For more information on ACHEM, visit the website.
About ACHEM: ACHEM strives to be a reliable and powerful resource for cannabis knowledge by redefining health equity and providing it with evidence-based scientific research, sharpened critical thinking skills, continuous interaction with innovation and new scientific information, and ethical loyalty to sharing ours Knowledge combined to the next generation of all health professionals.