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Mary Haag, RN Biography

President and CEO of PreventionFIRST!
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“We can’t really call marijuana medicine. It’s not a legitimate medicine. The brain is not fully developed until we’re about 25. That’s just the way it is, and using any kind of mind-altering substance impacts that development. It needs to go through the FDA process. There is no drug that can or should be smoked, but when we get to potential components of marijuana that might have medicinal benefits, then let’s find out what that is. Most of our medicines have come from plants.
They’re plant-based, but they’ve gone through that rigorous process.

Because, let’s face it, any medicine is a toxin. I don’t care if it’s penicillin or aspirin or a narcotic. Any of those are toxins to our bodies. And that’s why we have the FDA process.”

“Should Fate of Medical Marijuana in Ohio Be Left in Hands of Lawmakers, Voters?,”, Feb. 19, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO of PreventionFIRST!, June 2010-present
  • Vice President, Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, Jan. 2007-May 2010
  • Director of Coalition Strategies, Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, 2005-2007
  • Director of Local Coalition Development, Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, 2003-2005
  • Community Outreach Coordinator, Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, Feb. 2000-Jan. 2003
  • Former President, Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board
  • BS, Nursing, Mount St. Joseph University, 1986
  • RN, St. Elizabeth Medical Center School of Nursing, 1974
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