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Marijuana Prevention

Marijuana is one of the most divisive and controversial drugs in society today.  Because of a masterful marketing effort and a strong lobbying faction, marijuana is now approved in many states to be used “medicinally.”  Pro-marijuana advocates make claims of the effectiveness and natural quality of the Schedule I drug when describing it.  There are also claims that approving marijuana medicinally will cut down on crime and teen use.  However, these claims have never been proven.

Objective

PreventionFIRST! aims to provide information that dispels the myths about marijuana in order for community members to make informed decisions in regards to marijuana legalization.

For a current review of the literature on marijuana, click "Update on Cannabis and its medical use" by Dr. Bertha Madras. Dr. Nora Volkow provides a scientific framework based on research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the "Is Marijuana Medicine?" .

In March 2016, PreventionFIRST! provided testimony to the Ohio House of Representatives Medical Marijuana Task Force and the Ohio Senate Medical Marijuana Listening Sessions. 

Resources

The Drug-Free Action Alliance and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio, position on “medical marijuana” states that marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration and study as any other potential medicine, under the standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Legalizing marijuana for medical use should not be decided by legislative or voter initiative.

Click here for the "Marijuana as Medicine" policy paper and endorsement form. Visit DrugFreeActionAlliance.org Marijuana as Medicine Resource Section for more information.

Working Partners, Inc. has developed several short pieces on the impact medical and recreational marijuana would have on the workplace.

Marijuana Impact on Businesses

Legitimizing Marijuana as "Medicine"

Is Legalized Marijuana Inevitable?

Tools

Sample Position Statements:

http://www.prevention-first.org/media/ASAM marijuana-cannabinoids-and-legalization-9-21-2015.pdf

http://www.mhrsonline.org/resources/mhrss_positions_on_marijuana_legalization-11/

http://www.prevention-first.org/media/Hancock County Community Partnership MJ Position Statement.jpg

Op-Eds:

http://www.prevention-first.org/media/PF! op ed Commercialization of MJ 5.5.15.pdf

PowerPoints:

http://www.prevention-first.org/media/2015 MJ Forums.pdf

PSA's:

http://bit.ly/1G0f099

http://bit.ly/1JVpLVl

Social Media:

http://www.prevention-first.org/media/Marijuana Tweets.pdf

http://www.prevention-first.org/media/Marijuana FB Posts.pdf

Ohio Deserves Better: http://www.prevention-first.org/media/Ohio Deserves Better.pdf

Healthy Hints! - Marijuana & Drugged Driving: http://www.prevention-first.org/media/Marijuana & Drugged Driving.pdf

Healthy Hints! - Marijauna & the Brain: http://www.prevention-first.org/media/Marijuana & the Brain.pdf

Drug Free Action Alliance fact sheets:   fact sheets


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