Re Paula Dockery’s Dec. 1 Other Views column, Medicinal marijuana: Opposition’s smoky motive:
Political leaders’ opposition to the therapeutic use of marijuana is out of touch with both scientific and public opinion
Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow the physician-recommended use of the plant. Earlier this year, lawmakers in Maine, Nevada and Oregon enacted legislation to expand their existing medical-marijuana programs.
A recent summary of FDA-approved clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis for a variety of debilitating conditions concluded, “Based on evidence currently available, the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.”
Adults ought not face arrest and incarceration for their consumption of a botanical product that is objectively safer than the litany of pharmaceutical and recreational drugs it could replace. At a minimum, Florida voters ought to have the opportunity to vote on the issue.
Paul Armentano, deputy director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Washington, D.C.