Northern Kentucky Regional Drug-Free Communities Coalitions, a group of seven anti-drug organizations, stated the following in its Feb. 15, 2018 article titled "Op-ed: Let's Be More Careful about Legalizing Marijuana," available at

“[M]arijuana use should not be legalized in any capacity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has NOT recognized or approved the use of marijuana as a safe and effective drug for any indication. Marijuana is still a Schedule I drug, and as such, is not able to be effectively researched for medicinal purposes.

Ultimately, the legalization of marijuana will lower the perception of risk.

A lower perception of harm or risk historically leads to an increased usage among youth…

Every state that has now legalized marijuana for ‘recreational’ use started by legalizing marijuana for ‘medical’ use.

This is a particularly slippery slope in a region and state already so overwhelmed by substance use and abuse.”

Feb. 15, 2018 - Northern Kentucky Regional Drug-Free Communities Coalitions