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

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Searching for the therapeutic potential of cannabis and addressing issues related to efficacy, safety, benefits and risks are appropriate. These are, however, matters for doctors, scientists, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical manufacturers rather than for public referenda. Efforts to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal purposes through popular referenda have politicized what should be a scientific process. To the extent that ingredients in marijuana possess properties that can efficaciously and safely relieve individuals suffering from AIDS or chemotherapy-related nausea, multiple sclerosis, or other ailments, the Food and Drug Administration can approve them for medical use.”

“Accompanying Statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President,” CASA website, June 18, 2008

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

“The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only nation-wide organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances — alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs — in all sectors of society.

Founded in 1992 by Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the nonprofit organization aims to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives, as well as, remove the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.

CASA has assembled an interdisciplinary staff of over 60 professionals with post-graduate and doctorate degrees, experience and expertise in various fields including substance abuse and addiction, communications, criminology, education, epidemiology, government, journalism, law, marketing, psychology, public administration, health and policy, social work, sociology and statistics.”

“About CASA,” CASA website (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)

Mission:

“Mission Statement:

  • Inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives.
  • Assess what works in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement.
  • Encourage every individual and institution to take responsibility to combat substance abuse and addiction.
  • Provide those on the front lines with the tools they need to succeed.
  • Remove the stigma of abuse and replace shame and despair with hope
  • “Mission Statement,” CASA website (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)

    Other:
    Nonprofit 501(c)(3)