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Dec 09

Marijuana Policy: Separating Scientific Facts from Popular Fiction

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Today, 17 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized marijuana, four states have legalized the drug, and 23 states have passed so-called “medical marijuana” laws – despite the fact – that it is properly listed as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance and the FDA does not recognize marijuana as a drug. Big marijuana is big business and has added Libertarians and some small government conservatives to its traditional liberal base. Public support for legalization has skyrocketed over the decades, from 12% in the 1970s to 51% today, down seven points from last year. But just as public support has grown, so has the scientific understanding of the real dangers of marijuana. Scores of peer-reviewed studies published in the last two decades show how marijuana affects the brain, heart, lungs and mental health; how marijuana has become more potent and addictive; and how it is nothing like alcohol. Join us as our distinguished experts discuss the pot business, the science behind today’s marijuana, and why Americans should oppose legalization.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD)
Member, United States House of Representatives

The Honorable John Fleming, M.D. (R-LA)
Member, United States House of Representatives

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Stuart Gitlow, M.D., MPH, MBA
President, American Society of Addiction Medicine

General Barry McCaffrey (USA Ret.)
Former Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, 1996-2001

Kevin Gray, M.D.
American Academy of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry

Krishna K. Upadhya, M.D., MPH
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Lori Robinson
Parent who lost an adult son due to marijuana-related consequences

Co-hosted by
Cully Stimson
Manager, National Security Law Program Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Kevin Sabet, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and President, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)