CAMILLA, Georgia – May 11, 2021 – Georgia Atlas, a Georgia medical cannabis company, announced today it will be hosting an online educational webinar at 4:00 PM on May 16, 2021 via Zoom. Register for the free event here: www.georgiaatlas.com/research. Four speakers will discuss the state of the evidence related to medical cannabis, the state of the current patient profiles for medical patients in Georgia, and the opportunities for medical cannabis patients – including one form of it in Georgia, Low-THC Oil and products. The benefits of medical cannabis are undeniable. Speakers include Dr. James (J) Smith, currently the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at the Northside Gwinnett Medical Center, who is also the Chief Medical Officer of Georgia Atlas; Dr. Marion McNabb, President of the non-profit Cannabis Center of Excellence, Inc, and Chief Research Officer for Georgia Atlas; Angela Weston, MBA, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Georgia Medical Cannabis Society: and Stanley Atkins, II, the “CanniMedic” and Georgia Chapter Director of Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM). The event is free and will be broadcasted live online over Zoom Sunday May 16 from 4:00-5:00 PM.
During the event, the team will launch enrollment for the Georgia Medical Patients and Veterans Research Study. This research study invites any resident of the state of Georgia to share information related to medical conditions, treatments, and interest in Medical Cannabis & Low-THC Oil in Georgia, without asking participants to share any personally identifying information like name, address, or zip code. Georgia Atlas applied for a license to cultivate and manufacture Low-THC Oil in Georgia in late January 2021 and hopes to operate throughout Georgia if licensed. Six licenses are expected to be awarded early summer of 2021. Please take the survey here: www.georgiaatlas.com/research
Low-THC oil is a form of medical cannabis, a researched medication soon to be widely available in the State. It is a form of medical cannabis oil that contains up to five percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and is used to help treat a variety of health conditions. To date, there are more than 15,000 Low-THC oil patients in the State registry, yet there are over 250,000 medical patients in Georgia who potentially qualify for the medicine. U.S. Military Veterans have expressed relief from medical cannabis for health conditions unique to them. There are more than 600,000 veterans in Georgia who could potentially benefit. On May 16, 2021, the Georgia Medical Patients and Veterans Research Study will open a survey for participation by anyone in the state of Georgia. Take the survey here: www.georgiaatlas.com/research
“There are a little over 15,000 low-THC oil patients in the State Registry in Georgia, with an estimated 250,000 potential medical patients that could benefit from this medicine in the state. We are excited to open the survey on May 16, 2021 for anyone in Georgia to participate in this research study focused on the health of those living in Georgia. We will share our findings with key stakeholders to improve the quality of the Georgia Medical Cannabis program.” – Dr. Marion McNabb, Chief Research Officer, Georgia Atlas.
Georgia Atlas has a medical advisory board & panel of over 15 Georgian physicians and researchers with expertise in each of the qualifying conditions for medical cannabis, a seven-member scientific panel, and a nine-member patient advocacy panel that advises the company’s research efforts. Visit www.georgiaatlas.com to follow research updates.
ABOUT GEORGIA ATLAS
Georgia Atlas is a medical cannabis company that has applied for a Low-THC oil production license in Georgia. If awarded a license, Georgia Atlas will operate in Camilla, Georgia. Georgia Atlas is led by Dr. James Smith, who was instrumental in passing HB 324, Georgia’s Hope Act. Dr. Smith leads over 30 Physicians, Scientists, Patient Advocates, Cannabis Experts, and Researchers at Georgia Atlas who, if licensed, will lead the company’s efforts in cultivation and production of low-THC oil in Camilla, Georgia. Georgia Atlas is owned by more than 57 percent minorities and women, and 84 percent are natives of Georgia. To learn more about Georgia Atlas and follow low-THC oil research program updates, please visit: www.georgiaatlas.com.
May 16, 2021 Event Speakers
James S. Smith, MD | Chief Medical Officer, Georgia Atlas
Dr. James L. Smith is a Georgia native and is currently the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Northside Gwinnett Medical Center. Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech, his medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, and his residency training at Harvard. Dr. Smith brings both personal experience and a vast medical background to the medical cannabis and Low-THC Oil movement in Georgia. In 2014, Dr. Smith founded and chaired the not-for-profit, Oil for Epilepsy, driven by his daughter’s development of a severe intractable seizure disorder, and her subsequent dramatic reduction in seizures by taking medical cannabis. His ceaseless efforts to establish a Medical Cannabis program in Georgia were instrumental in not only seeing the law passed, but also expanding the state’s list of qualified conditions to over 17. He currently serves as the President-Elect of the Georgia College of Emergency Medicine (GCEP), the Vice President of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), Board of Directors for the Georgia Trauma Commission, Board of Directors for Gwinnett County Health Department, and is the Immediate Past-Chair of MAG’s Georgia Medical Political Action Committee. Dr. Smith is committed to using his role as a leader in the medical community to advocate for political change in the Medical Cannabis arena that directly benefits patients in Georgia.
Dr. Marion McNabb | Chief Research Officer, Georgia Atlas
A Georgia native, Dr. Marion McNabb is a Public Health Doctor with over 20 years of global and domestic public health experience. She has specialized expertise in medical cannabis, social & restorative justice, digital health, HIV/AIDS, epidemiology, sexual reproductive health & rights (SRHR), community-based health, and community-based research interventions. Dr. McNabb is the current President of Cannabis Center of Excellence, INC – a 501c3 non-profit cannabis research, education, and social justice organization www.cannacenterofexcellence.org. Dr. McNabb currently leads research studies related to medical cannabis and works with universities and community colleges to design and implement cannabis education programs. In 2019, Dr. McNabb led a veterans’ health and medical cannabis research study with UMass Dartmouth. The findings of this study were published in the Inaugural Edition of Cannabis Patient Care Magazine in November 2020. As of Spring 2021, Dr. McNabb is the Principal Investigator of the COVID-19 and medical cannabis research study, led together with UMass Dartmouth. Dr. McNabb is the former CEO and co-founder of Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN). Since Dec 2016, C3RN has conducted three medical cannabis research studies with UMass Dartmouth and has held over 20 in-person cannabis education events in Massachusetts with community, research, clinical, and political experts. C3RN was an official contracted social equity training vendor from 2019-2020 with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s First in the Nation State-Wide Social Equity Program. C3RN also won the first ever ancillary cannabis business startup competition – hosted by the Boston University Questrom School of Business and Green Lion Partners, in 2017.
Prior to co-founding C3RN, Dr. McNabb spent 15 years leading global public health and digital health projects in seven countries in Africa and Haiti. As a Senior Digital Health Consultant, Dr. McNabb worked with UNICEF Headquarters in New York, NY to help design UNICEF’s Approach to Digital Health 2016-2030, for over 130 countries. The UNICEF Approach to Digital Health now serves as an Annex to the UNICEF 2016-2030 Global Health Strategy to support healthy and digitally-engaged living for young people around the world. Dr. McNabb also consulted with HealthEnabled, a strategic international digital health firm that advises governments and international bodies – Dr. McNabb served as Project Lead on the development of a Global Digital Health Index (GDHI) and Maturity Model. The GDHI is now published and used by several countries. Dr. McNabb, from 2014-2017, led the introduction and integration of digital health as a new technical area for Pathfinder International – a global public health organization that works on HIV/AIDS and promotes SRHR programs worldwide. She helped Pathfinder expand its digital health grant and program portfolio from $250K to over $3 million in three years. Dr. McNabb technically led the design and implementation of 12 digital health worker and client facing projects in seven countries. Dr. McNabb has eight years of in-country work experience in Ethiopia managing over $12 million dollars a year in U.S. Government PEPFAR funding for HIV/AIDS, TB, STI, and other Public Health priorities (2002-2010).
“I definitely look forward to applying my experience in my current leadership role at Georgia Atlas implementing cutting-edge, citizen-science focused, and rigorously designed clinical research studies that aim to engage, empower, work together to advance medical cannabis together with medical patients, U.S. military veterans, and healthcare providers in Georgia as the Chief Research Officer at Georgia Atlas. I am proud to bring my experience home to Georgia, and I am excited to implement medical cannabis treatments, here at home with local experts and where I grew up, in Atlanta, Georgia.” – Dr. Marion McNabb, Chief Medical Officer, Georgia Atlas.
Angela Weston | Co-Founder and Chairman of the Georgia Medical Cannabis Society
Angela Weston, MBA, is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Georgia Medical Cannabis Society. Angela is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She also has her MBA from Keller Graduate School. Angela is a medical cannabis patient who discovered that the cost of medical cannabis oil was outrageous and financial aid was needed to help many indigent medical cannabis patients. Thus, the Georgia Medical Cannabis Society was born. The Georgia Medical Cannabis Society is a 501c3 tax exempt organization.
The Society saw a need to assist indigent medical cannabis patients in obtaining necessary medical cannabis oil due to its high prices. Educating others on the benefits of cannabis, the Society strives to promote medical cannabis use for medical treatment and to remove the stigma associated with the use of cannabis. #StompTheStigma call to action was implemented to help our cause. *Georgia Medical Cannabis Society does not sell or manufacture medical cannabis*
Stanley Atkins, II | The CanniMedic | CEO, The Stanley Group | Georgia Chapter Director, Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) | Senior Research and Education Advisor, Georgia Atlas
Stanley Atkins II was born and raised in the city of Griffin, Georgia and is a graduate of Griffin High School. A United States Navy Veteran, Stanley proudly served on two deployments into the Persian Gulf, participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his military service Stanley became a firefighter with Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services. While working as a first responder, Stanley received multiple awards and commendations at the local, state, and national levels. During his career, he worked as a Paramedic for Emory University Hospital, Atlanta Metro Ambulance and Event EMS. Unfortunately, physical illness cut short his EMS work, and he was forced to retire prematurely. While battling a long-term illness, he transitioned his knowledge in healthcare into public health information and advocacy. Stanley has assisted multiple non-profit organizations in their mission to create change within their communities, coming to be known as “The CanniMedic”.
In 2018 Stanley founded The Good Medic LLC. Created to be the catalyst for innovative approaches to public health, safety and community services, the Good Medic LLC is an allied health care platform that has become a pillar in Georgia public health. With a special focus on public health, Stanley has assisted in the creation and execution of such pilot programs as “The Humans Care Program,” with the Safe America Foundation. The CanniMedic bridges the gap between traditional healthcare practices and alternative wellness therapies. As a formidable figure in local and state level politics and a representative for the veteran community, Stanley has successfully assisted with the Cannabis decriminalization ordinances of the City of Atlanta, the city of Macon, as well as the City of South Fulton, Georgia.
Stanley has assisted in several public health programs in the state of Georgia, speaking at the Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta City Hall, City of South Fulton, and the City of Griffin, Georgia. He has made numerous appearances on national outlets such as Vice, The Boston Freedom Rally, The Young Turks, High Rollerz BJJ, and Pluto TV. Stanley is an expert panelist, with a key appearance at Atlanta Power Con 2018 as well as the 2019 Southeastern Hemp and Medical Cannabis conference and MJ Bizcon Las Vegas. In January 2019, Stanley became the Georgia Chapter President of Minorities for Medical Marijuana. During the 2019 Georgia legislative session, Stanley worked hands-on with legislators, to ensure Minority inclusion within both the proposed Georgia Medical Cannabis program and the Georgia industrial hemp program. In 2020 Stanley founded The Stanley Group, a consulting company focusing on connecting businesses with resources needed within the cannabis industry. Stanley continues to lead the way in progressive and innovative approaches to alternative wellness.