Simply Put, it is Not a Benign Drug, says White House Marijuana Position

Simply Put, it is Not a Benign Drug, says White House Marijuana Position

“Neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition,”  concludes the Official White House Response to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol.  

In a short, fully-cited, and easy-to-read one-page statement reprinted below, the science-and-research-based  White House position underscores why a No vote on 3 in Massachusetts is essential in limiting access to marijuana by, especially, our youth.

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What we do know for sure is that smoking marijuana profoundly harms youth.

What we do know for sure is that smoking marijuana profoundly harms youth.

Christian Thurstone, M.D. says, “I’m interested in this subject because 95 percent of the teenagers treated for substance abuse and addiction in my adolescent substance-abuse treatment clinic at Denver Health are there because of their marijuana use, and because nationwide, 67 percent of teens are referred to substance treatment because of their marijuana use.”

Diverted “medical” marijuana increases access while myths fuel perceptions about harmfulness.

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Out-of-state billionaire bankrolls marijuana ballot question in MA

Out-of-state billionaire bankrolls marijuana ballot question in MA

More than $1 million bankrolling the Question 3 “medical” marijuana initiative in Massachusetts is coming from out of state.

Peter Lewis, the 81-year-old, retired chief executive officer of Progressive Insurance, is practically single-handedly fueling this campaign from his home in Ohio. He openly supports recreational marijuana legalization and has bankrolled similar initiatives in other states. “Medical” marijuana is what opens the door to Lewis’ ultimate objective — full recreational legalization.

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The joke’s on us, or is it?

The joke’s on us, or is it?

You may have read about a mishap with the Massachusetts’ voter information booklets. The website address published in those guides directs people to a satirical website about marijuana instead of this one, our campaign’s official website.

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Bay State asking for big trouble

As the Boston Herald reported Sept. 12:

“With Massachusetts voters poised to legalize medical marijuana, a chilling new report on Colorado’s similar law shows the Rocky Mountain State has become a poorly regulated mecca for potheads and dealers — suggesting the Bay State may be on track to become New England’s own hemp haven.”

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The harms of indoor marijuana grows

The harms of indoor marijuana grows

Research findings presented this week in Denver underscore that marijuana users often have no idea what they’re really smoking and that their so-called “medicine” is often grown in mold-infested homes, offices and warehouses.

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Californians aren’t buying it. Massachusetts shouldn’t, either.

As the latest round of initiatives for marijuana legalization in California demonstrates, so-called “medical marijuana” very quickly leads to pushes for expansion of access to the drug and to well-funded and highly organized campaigns demanding outright legalization for recreational use.

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Why legalization isn’t the answer

Although it hardly enjoys the status it did 20 years ago, drug policy remains important. American society loses nearly $200 billion in social costs every year — from reduced productivity to increased health care costs, from accidents to premature illness and death, drug use is expensive. And it destroys minds and breaks families apart in ways that no dollar amount can capture.

So what, if anything, can we do about drugs?

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The smoke and mirrors of taxation, regulation

Marijuana-legalization proponents insist taxing and regulating the drug will keep all of the health, crime and other social problems associated with its use in check. What they’re not telling you is that any tax revenues collected from the sale of marijuana won’t come close to covering costs to regulate the drug or address problems caused by its use.

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Teen pot use linked to later decline in IQ

A new, extensive study supports what addiction researchers have asserted for years: marijuana use is especially harmful to the developing brain and can cause irreversible damage. The study closely follows other new research that has found heavy diversion of so-called “medical marijuana” to youth.

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