WASHINGTON, April 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — William “Beau” Wrigley, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Surterra Wellness (Surterra), one of the fastest growing health and wellness companies in the United States (U.S.), today highlighted the need for a change in the policy paradigm related to cannabis, saying that “Americans are ready for the full spectrum of medical and wellness benefits of cannabis.” Wrigley’s remarks came during a national thought leader event hosted by news publisher Axios on “Shifting the Wellness Paradigm,” a conversation on medical cannabis as a health and wellness alternative.
At the event, Wrigley discussed how decades of global brand building and a lifelong passion for wellness spurred his interest in the burgeoning cannabis wellness industry and in building a company that he sees as an industry model for the long run. He also offered insights on Surterra’s rapid growth and expansion into new markets, the science helping doctors and individuals look beyond outdated falsehoods about cannabis, and the need for policymakers to establish a workable regulatory and business framework for a dynamic cannabis industry.
“We’re entering a new paradigm related to cannabis. Across the United States, public perception and support of legal cannabis are shifting rapidly, as facts replace outdated myths,” Wrigley said. “Americans are ready for the full spectrum of medical and wellness benefits of cannabis – and at Surterra, we’re building a company that can be a role model and gold standard for the long run. Now policymakers must modernize federal laws to align with the reality that cannabis is, and should be, part of America’s future.”
Wrigley called on the federal government to reform outdated policies and restrictions that impede patient access, stifle critical clinical research, block legitimate companies from the protections afforded to other businesses and prevent America from realizing cannabis’s full economic and health benefits.