Dr. Woody Myers on Legalization of Marijuana in Indiana

 

While I favor appropriate medical use of products containing a known dosage of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), our medical community, legislature, and policymakers should be thoughtful and should examine other states’ experiences when considering new legislation and rulemaking.

I do favor the decriminalization of the possession of THC containing products for personal use- our law-enforcement officials have higher priorities, and there is excellent evidence nationally of disproportionate sentencing in disenfranchised populations. I am not convinced that full recreational legalization of THC containing products is a wise move in and for Indiana.

Those who believe there are no potentially serious clinical effects for some patients are simply wrong. And even if a new law creates a minimum purchase age of 21, we all know there will be many violations, and there will be consequences for the mental and physical health of the children who will be exposed to the smoke and who will consume the edible products.

I am pleased to see the emerging research characterizing the benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) containing products (now legal in all 50 states), and I am encouraged by the potential benefits for IN agriculture as our farmers produce more hemp crops from which CBD is derived. My views are not new, and I believe most members of our medical community share them.

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