Last updated on: 10/21/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Drug Free America Foundation Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Smoking is an ineffective and illogical way to deliver medicine – dosage cannot be regulated, and tar and other harmful compounds are delivered directly to the lungs along with any helpful cannabinoids (compounds in marijuana)…

Other delivery methods aren’t safer either; vaporizing does not filter cancer-causing tar or other chemicals, and eating delivers the same damaging compounds as well as the insecticides and fungi found in unmonitored crops…

‘Medicalizing’ this harmful substance has caused truly ill people to refuse proper medical care, thinking that because marijuana makes them feel better they are getting better. Medical practitioners and others who are truly concerned for the sick have higher standards and greater compassion – we want the ill to receive the medicine they need.

The medical excuse marijuana movement has become a device used by special interest groups to exploit the sick and dying and well-meaning voters for their own purposes.”

“Q&A: Marijuana,” dfaf.org (accessed Oct. 21, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to developing, promoting and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug-related injury and death. Drug legalization and permissive drug policies will lead to a greater availability of dangerous drugs in our communities and undermine each nation’s commitment to law enforcement, health care, education, commerce and the family.”

“About DFAF, Inc,” Drug Free America Foundation website (accessed Oct. 12, 2009)

Mission:

“Drug Free America Foundation commits to the following objectives:

  • Opposing efforts that would legalize, decriminalize or promote illicit drugs or promote illicit dug use.
  • Encouraging citizens of all nations to strive for drug-free homes, schools, workplaces and communities.
  • Advocating abstinence-based drug education in our schools and teaching our children healthy alternatives to drug use.
  • Educating employers about the dangers of illicit drug use in the workplace and the important role of drug-free workplace programs.
  • Supporting law enforcement and drug interdiction efforts.
  • Promoting cooperation between national and international leaders and governments to develop and implement polices and laws that will reduce drug use and abuse.
  • Improving global communication between scientists, researchers and physicians to advance our knowledge of drug abuse, addiction and treatment.
  • Sharing our knowledge, resources and experience with others working to prevent or eliminate illicit drug use.”

“About DFAF, Inc,” Drug Free America Foundation website (accessed Oct. 12, 2009)

Other:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3)
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Has Legalizing Medical Marijuana Led to Increased Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents?