MMAG, recently founded to advocate "peaceful protest for pharmaceutical research," brings motivation and passion to the struggle, according to Alexander Young, president and founder of the group.
"We expect strong opposition from disbelievers," Young said. "It's inevitable in such a conservative atmosphere. We knew this when we started and we're ready for a struggle. But it's time to end needless suffering."
"It's time to bring centralization and a single, clear, professional voice to the medicinal cannabis community," said Tim DaGiau, public relations director for MMAG.
|Alexander Young, MMAG: "We expect strong opposition from disbelievers. It's inevitable in such a conservative atmosphere. But it's time to end needless suffering"|
"'Patients First' is a phrase often heard, but talk of protection for dispensaries is typically left absent from the conversation," DaGiau said. "It's time to create a network of pooled resources between dispensaries on a nationwide level."
The group emphasized that the national dispensary support network will not tolerate pot shops failing to obey their state's guidelines.
In fact, in a stance that's sure to create controversy within the marijuana community, the network said it would "identify which dispensary owners are acting illegally and notify the appropriate departments to promptly address the issue."
MMAG said that acceptance of cannabis research is within reach.
"The organization's executive board members are dedicated to be the influence that will display to disbelieving legislators that well-regulated medical marijuana is a practical and reasonable concept," an MMAG press release reads.
The "Chapters" page of MMAG's website, on which the "A" stands for "Activists" instead of "Advocates," was blank as of mid-morning Monday.