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The Association for Cannabis Health Equity and Medicine (ACHEM) is a professional medical association within the Cannabis Health Equity Movement (CHEM)™. It is a mutual benefit nonprofit organization serving the needs of BIPOC healers and health and medical professionals in the advancement of health equity, and founded by Drs. Janice, Jessica, and Rachel Knox, and Dr. Ogadinma "Oga" Obie.​

Learn more about our mission and the Cannabis Health Equity Movement (CHEM) below.

(This organization is not involved in the propagation, manufacture, distribution, any form of inventory, or retail of any controlled substances, including cannabis.)

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Special advisory board



To enrich BIPOC health professionals and healers, and their allies, with evidence-based education and proficiency training in cannabis science, cannabinoid medicine endocannabinology, and health equity.


To promote the professional advancement and economic opportunity for BIPOC healthcare professionals in cannabis.


To actively participate in cannabis policy reform to center health equity in all cannabis regulatory design.


To serve our communities - the communities most harmed by the war on drugs and cannabis prohibition - by identifying pathways to ensuring that cannabis medicine (and the economy of cannabis) serves the health equity needs of these communities and society as a whole.


Cannabis health Equity Movement (Chem)™


The Cannabis Health Equity Movement (CHEM) is a call to educate, advocate, and demonstrate that cannabis is a core solution to achieving health equity for all people beginning with communities most divested of access to full health and wellbeing.

CHEM asserts that social equity is our vehicle while health equity is our destination. We believe that health equity should be the True North of not only the cannabis industry, but for all governments, public and private sector institutions, and individuals as we reimagine and create more prosperous societies for all people. Furthermore, we encourage utilizing the innovations of cannabis across the plant's agricultural, industrial, medical, and nutritional uses as a direct means of achieving it. Learn more about our philosophy and the CHEM Pillars of Health Equity™ in the CHEM Manifesto.

ACHEM is the movement’s professional medical association serving the needs of BIPOC healers and health and medical professionals in the advancement of health equity.


In coalition with other CHEM Partners, the organization extends its educational, personal and professional development programs, and expertise to the broader CHEM community and its partner networks. CHEM Partners are CHEM affiliates comprising ACHEM, CHEM Coalition members, community organizations, public and private academic institutions, allied corporate partners, and government agencies.

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