About Parent Action Network

The Parent Action Network (PAN) is an initiative of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, founded by Congressman Patrick Kennedy in 2013. PAN’s goal is to share the voices of experience regarding marijuana risks and mobilize parents and other family members to share and warn about marijuana issues in our communities. 

PAN regularly engages with families, lawmakers, government decision makers, and the media to ensure that your family’s voice is heard.  We are staffed by families with lived experiences of marijuana use detrimentally affecting their own family, and other concerned loved ones who want to make a difference.

Our Mission

Our mission is to align and coordinate the voices of families both impacted and concerned about the addiction for profit normalization of cannabis/marijuana and the existing harms in our government’s cannabis policies. We aim to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.


Our Vision

Parent Action Network envisions a world where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no longer acceptable. We envision a culture that uses science and research in making decisions about products used as medication.


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