Medical marijuana is safe

 

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.

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