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

Institute on Global Drug Policy Biography

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

“Although marijuana smoked delivers THC and other cannanbinoids [sic] to the body, it also delivers harmful substances, including most of those found in tobacco smoke. In addition, plants contain a variable mixture of biologically active compounds and cannot be expected to provide a precisely defined drug effect. For those reasons there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication. If there is any future in cannabinoid drugs, it lies with agents of more certain, not less certain, composition.

“Marijuana Dispensaries and the Federal Government: Recommendations to the Obama Administration 2009: Part 2,” Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice, Summer 2009

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

“The Institute on Global Drug Policy is an alliance of physicians, scientists, attorneys and drug specialists advocating public policies that curtail the use of illicit and misuse of licit drugs and alcohol.”

“About Us,” Institute on Global Drug Policy and Practice website (accessed Oct. 12, 2009)

Mission:

“Our goal is to provide accurate information on a wide variety of drug related issues as well as promoting drug policies which will reduce current drug use and result in reductions in future drug use.”

Other:
Anti-drug advocacy group