Medical Organizations Oppose Marijuana Legalization

The marijuana lobby has their eyes set on Arizona.

The movement to legalize recreational marijuana is taking shape, thanks to the millions of dollars spent by marijuana lobbyists. It is unclear who exactly is providing the money, but it is speculated that much of the financial backing comes directly from those who would financially benefit from its passage, like marijuana distribution companies.

Colorado, one of the few states to legalize marijuana, has seen a lot of pro-marijuana advertising targeting children and teenagers. Many marijuana distributors are making candy and snacks laced with marijuana in order to attract children.  Jeff Whitmore, an education leader in Bayfield School District in southwestern Colorado stated

“At first, I thought it was similar to alcohol and that the kids would do it anyway and all that, but it’s like they’re disguising alcohol as Kool-Aid and marketing it to kids. These edibles are cookies and gummy bears, and they’re filled with high amounts of THC.”

Colorado is seeing the negative cultural and health effects of marijuana, and children are paying the price. 

In order to gain support, marijuana lobbyists are spreading false claims that marijuana does not have any negative health effects. Marijuana is harmful, and many government and private health organizations that have stated so.


 

American Society of Addiction Medicine

“ASAM does not support the legalization of marijuana and recommends that jurisdictions that have not acted to legalize marijuana be most cautious and not adopt a policy of legalization until more can be learned from the “natural experiments” now underway in jurisdictions that have legalized marijuana.” Link


 

Journal of the American Medical Association

Samuel T. Wilkinson, MD; Deepak Cyril D’Souza, MBBS, MD

“A significant but largely overlooked problem with the medical marijuana movement is the message the public infers from its legalization and increasing prevalence. There is an increasing perception, paralleling trends in legalization, that marijuana is not associated with significant or lasting harm; data from 3 decades indicate that among adolescents, risk perception is inversely proportional to prevalence of cannabis use. As legalization has spread for medical or recreational purposes, it is possible that the perception of risk by adolescents will continue to decrease, with a subsequent increase in use. This is especially problematic given that many of the negative effects of marijuana are most pronounced in adolescents.” Link


 

American Journal of Psychiatry

Herbert D. KleberM.D; Robert Dupont, MD

Approving medications by ballot initiatives and state legislative actions sets a dangerous precedent for public health. FDA approval has usually helped keep dangerous and ineffective — but often popular — drugs off the market. Substituting a political drug approval for that protection is hazardous to the nation’s health and safety.

No FDA-approved medication is smoked. In addition to the concerns about potential carcinogenicity (especially in heavy marijuana users, but apparently not in occasional users), there is great difficulty in delivering the exact dose, if a “dose” even exists. Unlike FDA-approved medications, medical marijuana is not a specific product with controlled dosages. Medical marijuana bypasses the century-old, scientifically based drug approval procedure and the carefully regulated distribution of medications through licensed pharmacies. Link


 

National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Resolution 

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the National Association of Drug Court Professionals:

Opposes the legalization of smoked or raw marijuana; and

Opposes efforts to approve any medicine, including marijuana, outside of the FDA process; and

Supports continued research into a medically safe, non-smoked delivery of marijuana components for medicinal purposes; and

Supports reasonable prohibitions in Drug Courts against the use of smoked or raw marijuana by participants and the imposition of suitable consequences, consistent with evidence-based practices, for positive drug tests or other evidence of illicit marijuana consumption; and

Recommends Drug Courts require convincing and demonstrable evidence of medical necessity presented by a competent physician with expertise in addiction psychiatry or addiction medicine before permitting the use of smoked or raw marijuana by participants for ostensibly medicinal purposes; and

Supports a balanced policy approach to marijuana-related offenses, which does not emphasize either legalization of marijuana or incarceration for marijuana use, but rather offers an evidence-based combination of treatment and behavioral interventions to achieve long-term recovery from marijuana abuse and addiction. Link


 

Its time to say no to the marijuana lobbyists and protect our children and future. 

 

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