The Partnership for a Drug-Free America stated in its 2002 Position Statement on Medical Marijuana:

“Voters should not circumvent recognized scientific and medical processes by deciding what constitutes safe and effective medicine via the ballot box. The established processes of the Food and Drug Administration are the foundation on which medicine is defined in this country; together, the medical and scientific communities have established procedures through which all drugs must pass before they can be considered safe, sound and effective ‘medicine’. Marijuana has yet to go through this process.”