According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health- the world's largest source of drug abuse research - marijuana use is associated with addiction,
and cognitive impairment.
We know from an array of treatment admission information and Federal data that marijuana use is a significant source for voluntary drug treatment admissions and visits to emergency rooms.
(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that -- 1. is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and 2. has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;
That people are outraged that the president isn't supporting the legalization of marijuana honestly surprises me. I'd love to have a president who supports legalization, but I am pretty damn far from surprised to see this response from a middle-of-the-road Democrat.
Can someone please, PLEASE, PLEASE explain to me why no public officials will touch the drug debate when it is so very clearly one of the single biggest issues with young voters.
I think the basic truth is that it's too tough politically for Obama right now. The right will make him look weak on crime, run ads about how some marijuana 'addict' killed a white girl and they'll run with that into the sunset.
I don't think anybody said they were going to vote for the alternative.
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