Who’s With Us?

The DEA and the federal government are not alone in viewing smoked marijuana as having no documented medical value. Voices in the medical community likewise do not accept smoked marijuana as medicine:

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) has always endorsed “well-controlled studies of marijuana and related cannabinoids in patients with serious conditions for which preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy and the application of such results to the understanding and treatment of disease.” In November 2009, the AMA amended its policy, urging that marijuana’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed “with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, and alternate delivery methods.” The AMA also stated that “this should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for prescription drug product.”
  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) public policy statement on “Medical Marijuana,” clearly rejects smoking as a means of drug delivery. ASAM further recommends that “all cannabis, cannabis-based products and cannabis delivery devices should be subject to the same standards applicable to all other prescription medication and medical devices, and should not be distributed or otherwise provided to patients …” without FDA approval. ASAM also “discourages state interference in the federal medication approval process.”
  • The American Cancer Society (ACS) “does not advocate inhaling smoke, nor the legalization of marijuana,” although the organization does support carefully controlled clinical studies for alternative delivery methods, specifically a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) skin patch.
  • The American Glaucoma Society (AGS) has stated that “although marijuana can lower the intraocular pressure, the side effects and short duration of action, coupled with the lack of evidence that its use alters the course of glaucoma, preclude recommending this drug in any form for the treatment of glaucoma at the present time.”
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that “[a]ny change in the legal status of marijuana, even if limited to adults, could affect the prevalence of use among adolescents.” While it supports scientific research on the possible medical use of cannabinoids as opposed to smoked marijuana, it opposes the legalization of marijuana.
  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) has stated that it could not recommend medical marijuana be made widely available for people with multiple sclerosis for symptom management, explaining: “This decision was not only based on existing legal barriers to its use but, even more importantly, because studies to date do not demonstrate a clear benefit compared to existing symptomatic therapies and because side effects, systemic effects, and long-term effects are not yet clear.”
  • The British Medical Association (BMA) voiced extreme concern that downgrading the criminal status of marijuana would “mislead” the public into believing that the drug is safe. The BMA maintains that marijuana “has been linked to greater risk of heart disease, lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema.”11 The 2004 Deputy Chairman of the BMA’s Board of Science said that “[t]he public must be made aware of the harmful effects we know result from smoking this drug.”

The following organizations have endorsed voting NO to marijuana legalization in California:

  • Major-party nominees for governor and state attorney general — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown and Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman won’t touch this one with the proverbial 10-foot pole: Both have come out against Prop. 19. The nominees for state attorney general — San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, a Democrat, and Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, a Republican — co-authored a ballot argument rebuttal for the official state voters guide saying the measure compromises driving safety and threatens workplace safety and federal contracts. Politically, polls show pot legalization is a tough sell for statewide candidates, and nobody running to be the state’s chief executive or “top cop” wants to look “soft on crime.”
  • U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — Arguably one of the state’s most influential Democrats, the lawmaker called this measure “a jumbled legal nightmare that will make our highways, our workplaces and our communities less safe,” leading to increased drug use, conflict with federal law and loss of federal funding.+
  • Law enforcement groups including the California Narcotics Officers Association, California Police Chiefs Association, the California State Sheriffs’ Association and the California District Attorneys Association and others. They say Prop. 19 is a threat to public health and safety and is likely to lead to more drug-related crime; critics say they’re trying to protect a failed “War on Drugs” model as well as their jobs.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving — The group worries legalization will result in more impaired driving and thus more injuries and fatalities.
  • Dennis Peron — A guiding force behind California’s medical marijuana law who says he was fired by Prop. 19 co-author Richard Lee’s Oaksterdam University because of his opposition to the measure, Peron, of San Francisco, feels the measure is too tough on marijuana. Limiting people to an ounce or 25 square feet of growing space is like limiting wine collectors to one bottle; taxation would be disproportionate and unfair; and prison terms for teens who toke or parents who smoke in front of their kids are excessive, he says.
  • California Chamber of Commerce – The state’s biggest business group says legalization would “drive up costs and significantly undermine the ability of employers to protect the safety of all employees in the workplace” because employers, including the state, would have to prove a worker testing positive for marijuana is actually impaired from performing a job before disciplining or firing him or her. The chamber also says employers could lose public contracts and grants because they could no longer effectively enforce drug-free workplace requirements outlined by the federal government.
  • California League of Cities — President Robin Lowe, a Hemet city councilwoman, said the League’s board recognizes “that the public safety risks far outweigh the potential for local revenue gain.”
  • Source: insidebayarea.com

    And many more…

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    60th District Curt Hagman Assemblymember
    66th District Kevin Jeffries Assemblymember
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    Alameda County Gregory Ahern Sheriff
    Amador County Todd Riebe District Attorney
    The American Academy of Pediatrics
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    California Bus Association
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    California Narcotic Officers Association
    California Peace Officer’s Association John Standish President
    California Police Chiefs Association
    California State Sheriffs’ Association
    CALM – Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana

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    International Faith Based Coalition
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    Kern County Donny Youngblood Sheriff
    Peace Officers Asso. of Los Angeles County
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    Mono County George Booth District Attorney
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving – MADD
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    Nate Holden Former State Senator and LA Councilmember
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    Nevada County Keith Royal Sheriff
    North Coastal Prevention Coalition
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    Save Our Society from Drugs
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    State of California Dennis Hollingsworth Senate Republican Leader
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