The national discussion on the legal status of marijuana has been a hot-button issue since Colorado became the first state to legalize its recreational use and retail manufacturing and sale in 2012. Since then, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. have also legalized recreational cannabis use for adults. Since 1996, 25 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized cannabis for non-FDA-approved medicinal uses for a variety of conditions and another 15 states have cannabidiol (CBD)-specific medical marijuana laws that provide affirmative defense for patients who use low-THC, high-CBD cannabis extracts for specific conditions. As more and more states move to legalize marijuana and other cannabis products for either medicinal or recreational use, and as Congress considers bills intended to facilitate research into the potential therapeutic effects of marijuana, ASAM is taking the following actions:
- Urging caution to policymakers considering expanding access to marijuana,
- Advocating for public health and safety measures to accompany any changes in marijuana availability,
- Supporting decriminalization of marijuana, and
- Advocating for increased access to addiction treatment.
‘One of the key mantra’s of the pro-drug lobby is ‘the war on drugs has failed’ and, consequentially the only option left to us now is to decriminalise or even legalise currently illicit drugs.
The relentless use of this ‘one liner’ has become a veritable ‘meme’ to the point that it is passively accepted, even by the some of the ‘weary’ wise!
However, one must put up a serious and significant ‘red flag’ in this now precarious place – a red flag of caution.
What if we piloted this program, what would be the result? Of course the empiric evidence for a ‘successful trial’ of this action has been sort, but not really found. Some would point to the Portugal foray into this space as a type of ‘pilot’ but it that’s the example, then the answer is done - it failed. See for yourself… looking at the facts and using the research posited as evidence for success, we show you that ‘success’ has different definitions depending on which planet you’re on!
Then a couple of questions must at least be addressed before we even entertain the notion of a permissive policy platform…
1) Was there a war on drugs and did it really fail?
2) Is it wise to unleash a social experiment on the incredibly underequipped demographic that is ‘Generation Next’ and what will that cost?
3) What guarantees will the anti-prohibitionists give that our societies will be better off after legalisation of drugs? Will they guarantee that there’ll be, if no, then less damage to, life, relationship, economy, productivity, family, children, well-being and human potential? And of course the big question…
4) Will they be willing to be held accountable for the outcomes they are promoting?
These, by the way, are just a few very short preliminary questions, there are many more issues that need to be addressed before we set the lead lemmings over the cliff of dysfunction.
We will continue to post and monitor the implementations, research and outcomes from an legalisation/decriminalisation policy and, as best as we are able, keep you updated on ‘progress?’
The so called 'progressive agenda' appears to be all about; "trying something 'different' and 'to hell' with consequences". The 'spin' on the apparent 'benefits' of legalising, particularly Cannabis, is frenetic, yet shallow, by this noisy minority. What is more concerning is there seems to be zero responsibility or accountability for the detrimental outcomes of these social experiments. The following website and the OFF THE CHAIN monitoring blog are set up to keep at least some scrutiny on this attempt to unleash insanity!