Drug Free Community Coalition Takes Position on Medical Marijuana
Communities that Care (CTC) of Lorain County and more than 40 than Ohio agencies and organizations say marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration and study as any other potential medicine under the standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Furthermore, legalizing marijuana for medical use should not be decided by legislative or voter initiative. Drug Free Action Alliance (DFAA), drafted the position paper, endorsed by CTC and others. DFAA is a statewide organization educating key leaders and the public on problems facing their communities and providing resources to take action
Attitudes and policies about marijuana use are being discussed and debated around the country and in Ohio. d the medical marijuana debate has ignited the issue like never before.
Marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, which is the most restrictive classification because it has a high potential for abuse. Most national medical organizations do NOT support the use of smoked marijuana as medicine; they include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Institute of Health, Institute of Medicine, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Nearly 100 Lorain County residents and others agree – in recent weeks, they’ve signed off supporting the call for more medical research. CTC of Lorain County continues collecting signatures supporting the call for rigorous research, which will be present to key leaders. The coalition encourages people to learn more about the risks and realities of marijuana use.
Marijuana as medicine can be a confusing issue. Did you know that safer treatment options already exist? The FDA has already approved a synthetic version of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It’s called Marinol and it’s taken orally; a Schedule II drug it’s available by prescription in all 50 states.
If you’re looking for more information, consider attending the “411 on 420 Training Camp” October 10 and 11 in Dublin, OH. The conference provides critical information for those on the frontlines, such as law enforcement, health professionals, business leaders, community members, health professionals and media. For more information on this event, and the position paper, check out www.drugfreeactionalliance.org
To get involved in advocacy efforts around medical marijuana and other issues regarding prevention, contact CTC of Lorain County; 440-282-9920; on Facebook or online: www.ctcloraincounty.org