Om of Medicine kicks off month-long celebration of advocacy

Ann Arbor provisioning center celebrates 10 years of advocacy, education and impacts

The lounge at Om of Medicine (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)
The lounge at Om of Medicine (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Om of Medicine in downtown Ann Arbor is celebrating its 10-year anniversary throughout July with a concert, a comedy show, yoga and other programming.

Starting July 7, the cannabis provisioning center will offer five events over the course of the month to thank the community for 10 years of support.

Om opened its doors on July 31 in 2010. Since then it has advocated for cannabis-related research and worked with community members and officials to cultivate policy reforms.

Om of Medicine Director of Community Outreach Lisa Conine said that the celebration was a way to mix the center’s community engagement and celebrate its impacts within Ann Arbor.

“So again, we try to educate and really do a lot of amazing work around this issue, but also try to keep people happy and joyful,” said Conine stating that at Om, they say “laughter is the second-best medicine.”

She is proud of what Om has accomplished in the past decade, including its efforts to empower and educate community members and its grassroots advocacy efforts for policy change.

In 2016, the company partnered with the University of Michigan to research the efficacy of cannabis for chronic pain. Published in The Journal of Pain, the study found medical cannabis use was associated with a 64% decrease in opioid use and a 45% increase in quality of life.

“That study alone has really opened a lot of doors for us to sit down with politicians [and] show them the data of what we experience everyday,” said Conine stating that the study added more credibility to the work Om has been doing and helped to further its advocacy work.

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