Last updated on: 7/10/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Biography

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

“[M]edical [marijuana] programs should only be about bringing relief to the sick and dying, and it should be done in a responsible manner that formulates the active components of the drug in a non-smoked form that delivers a defined dose. However, in most states with medical marijuana laws, it has primarily become a license for the state-sanctioned use of a drug by most anyone who desires it.

Developing marijuana-based medications through the FDA process is more likely to ensure that seriously ill patients, who are being supervised by their actual treating physicians, have access to safe and reliable products.

Despite rhetoric from the industry to the contrary, marijuana use is harmful.”

“Marijuana as Medicine,” learnaboutsam.org (accessed July 10, 2017)

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

“At the local, state, Tribal and federal levels, SAM seeks to align marijuana policy and attitudes about the drug with 21st-century science, which continues to show how marijuana use harms the mind and body.

“What We Do,” learnaboutsam.org (accessed July 10, 2017)

Mission:

“Smart Approaches to Marijuana envisions a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more.

Our mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.”

“Mission & Vision,” learnaboutsam.org (accessed July 10, 2017)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be Reclassified as a Schedule II or III Drug?