...was a speaker at a forum that was directed at people in the educational community on the Pine Ridge Reservation. My invitation came by way of a guy who is on the board of directors of some organization with some funding whose purpose is to help the front lines (schoolteachers) to deal with mental illness--in this case, principally, bi-polarity. The main speakers were a pair of psychologists who had opened a clinic, apparently with government funding, on the rez.
I was asked, in what turned out to be weird, to talk about clinical possibilities for cannabis in mental illness. I explained to the guy who called me that I could speak to the fact that cannabis is widely self-administered for what are often recognized as symptoms of various "mental illnesses," but that I was hardly an authority on the subject. That seemed to be good enough.
There were eight schoolteachers in attendance. Six were Caucasian. Four had to leave by the time the moderator got around to introducing me. Everyone was polite. I got $50 for coming.
Most appeared to think that removing barriers to medical studies on cannabis's efficacy in medica applications would send the wrong message to the kids they work with.