• Roger Roffman: marijuana legalization should be based on a six-point public health model

    by  • November 9, 2012 • Opinion • 0 Comments

    Roger Roffman at CNN: “What is a public health model? In brief, it’s an approach that acknowledges use of marijuana can present harms to the user and to public safety, and includes provisions to prevent or ameliorate those harms. A public health model includes six key elements. Washington state’s new law incorporates each of them. The first is accountable oversight by an agency of government… The second element is a well-funded multifaceted marijuana education program that is based on science rather than ideology… The third element is well-funded prevention programs widely available to all the state’s geographical and demographic communities… A fourth element is making treatment of marijuana dependence readily available… Evaluation of the new law’s impact is the fifth element… The sixth element is research.”

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    Steve maintains Marijuana Monitor from Oakland, California. Having grown up in the East Bay and studied at UCLA, he's had ample exposure to contemporary marijuana culture and the policy debate surrounding the issue. He believes that now, more than ever, is the time for clear-headed discussion about pragmatics.

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