WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production (the "Coalition") will provide critical resources to support an initiative targeting the synthetic drug industry that was announced today by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine.
The Denver-based Coalition, an industry group focused on public health and safety as well as consumer protection, will provide educational and outreach support nationally. The Coalition also will retain Davillier Law Group LLC,based in New Orleans, to assist in legal research, strategy and legal theory to support implementation of the initiative, said spokesperson Fred Niehaus.
"We stand with General Racine on this initiative because the public needs to know that synthetic drugs are not safe," Niehaus said. "The Coalition wants to support responsible cannabis production standards and protocols in order to eliminate unscrupulous and illegal drug dealers."
Concerns about public misperceptions of synthetics – a national survey by one of the Coalition's members found that nearly a third of respondents consider them to be as safe as actual cannabis – led to its support of General Racine's aggressive, multi-faceted initiative to combat the rising popularity of synthetic drug use in Washington.
"The use of these synthetic drugs has become a national problem in need of a national response by a coalition of concerned agencies, organizations and states," General Racine said in his announcement.
The thrust of this initiative will be to educate the public and businesses about the dangers and misinformation around synthetic drugs, and to further develop criminal and civil remedies to ameliorate the increased use of these substances. "The Office of the Attorney General looks forward to partnering with the Coalition to develop creative strategies that will reduce the accessibility and use of illegal synthetic drugs," Racine said.
Coalition members strongly support this effort. "This is absolutely the right thing to do. We have a responsibility to consumers which goes beyond our individual products," said Bob Eschino, president and co-founder of Medically Correct LLC. Jake Salazar, CEO of MMJ America agreed, saying, "This is the right direction for responsible cannabis producers to make a statement. As an industry, we must lead by our actions."
"This is a responsible, visible action which supports the notion of addressing public health and safety," said Karen White, executive director of the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
The Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production is an industry group whose mission is to develop industry production standards and protocols which ensure public health and safety, promote consumer protection and support law enforcement efforts relating overseeing the industry in a consistent manner. The Davillier Law Group serves as the Coalition's general counsel.
SOURCE Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production