Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Smoked marijuana is neither an acceptable medical treatment nor an alternative medical treatment for any illness. Marijuana use has serious health consequences. Concentration, motor coordination, memory, lungs, reproductive and immune systems are all adversely impacted by marijuana use; marijuana is addictive. Physicians who treat people for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and other diseases do not favor the use of marijuana. Not one American health organization accepts marijuana as medicine. These include the American Medical Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Glaucoma Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Cancer Society. FDA/DEA have repeatedly rejected marijuana for medicinal use. Marijuana fails to meet any of the Drug Enforcement Administration's requirements or Federal Drug Administration's eight criteria for approving drugs for medical use."
"Position Statement on Marijuana for Medical Use," www.drugwatch.org, July 30, 2001
[Editors Note: Drug Watch International confirmed its "Con" position in an Aug. 21, 2009 email to ProCon.org from Susie Dugan, Director of Drug Watch’s Communications Office, stating: "We are still very ‘con’ on the topic of ‘medical’ marijuana."]
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"Drug Watch International is a volunteer non-profit drug information network and advocacy organization that promotes the creation of healthy drug-free cultures in the world and opposes the legalization of drugs. The organization upholds a comprehensive approach to drug issues involving prevention, education, intervention/treatment, and law enforcement/interdiction."
"Home," Drug Watch International website (accessed Aug. 23, 2007)
"Drug Watch International is a network of prevention experts and community volunteers from a wide range of professions whose mission is to help assure a healthier and safer world through drug prevention efforts by: providing accurate information on both illicit and harmful psychoactive substances; promoting sound drug policies based on scientific research; and opposing efforts to legalize or decriminalize drugs."
"Mission Statement," Drug Watch International website (accessed Aug. 23, 2007)