Understanding marijuana’s dangers

Several states across the country have allowed various forms of marijuana in defiance of federal law and at great risk to public health. This week, the Nebraska Legislature will debate LB 110, a proposal to legalize marijuana under the guise of medicine. This proposal would put Nebraska on a path toward liberalizing our drug laws, which in many states has already resulted in recreational marijuana. As Senators get ready to debate this issue, here are five of the top problems with legalizing marijuana in Nebraska.

Public Health: The United States has the best system of medicine in the world that helps protect public health. Here in Nebraska, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is one of the top medical schools in the nation. UNMC has conducted research supporting successful clinical trials for Epidiolex, a cannabidiol derivative from marijuana recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat seizures. Legislative approval of marijuana, instead of clinical trials, circumvents this system of modern medicine, putting public health at risk. Furthermore, doctors and pharmacists aren’t able to prescribe drugs like marijuana as a treatment because they are not federally approved and dosing and drug interactions remain unknown.

 

 

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