American Medical Association
AMA urges court to overturn medical cannabis ballot initiative
Mississippi voters in November passed a ballot initiative that proposes amending the state constitution to legalize medical cannabis and for the state to govern its distribution. Now the Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether Initiative 65 was unconstitutional. The question hinges on voter signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Elinore McCance-Katz on Prevention Day 2020
Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks-Yes, Even Marijuana
We know serious mental illness and substance use disorders often co-occur. And I believe there is room for researching the medical potential of marijuana’s components. But pretending that marijuana is a harmless substance is not the way to help our loved ones.
Massachusetts Prevention Alliance Issues Critique of Marijuana Policies
Vermont Mental Health Commissioner Issues Statement
More testimony from Mental Health Commissioner of VT supporting harms of marijuana to mental health.
New Study in Lancet on Pot Psychosis Link
Advice for Parents. Be Uncool.
More Proof Cannabis Causes Mental Illness
Dr Niall Campbell, a consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in London, which treats NHS patients, added: ‘We are seeing a whole new generation of teenagers, and those in their early 20s, being admitted as emergencies with paranoid psychoses linked to cannabis use.
‘They believe they are being watched, followed and listened to 24 hours a day by unknown pursuers who mean to harm or kill them. This can lead to violent, or sometimes suicidal, behaviour as they flee imagined pursuers.
Doctors in the UK Are Warning U.S.
American Epilepsy Society Warns About Cannabis Oils
Michael D. Privitera, MD, president of the American Epilepsy Society and director of the epilepsy center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, in a letter he wrote to a Pennsylvania legislator:
“The families and children moving to Colorado are receiving unregulated, highly variable artisanal preparations of cannabis oil prescribed, in most cases, by physicians with no training in pediatrics,neurology, or epilepsy. As a result, the epilepsy specialists in Colorado have been at the bedside of children having severe dystonic reactions and other movement disorders, developmental regression, intractable vomiting and worsening seizures that can be so severe they have to put the child into a coma to get the seizures to stop. Because these products are unregulated, it is impossible to know if these dangerous adverse reactions are due to the CBD or because of contaminants found in these artisanal preparations.
How did we get here—states passing laws to legalize a marijuana product for epilepsy that no Colorado epilepsy specialist will recommend?”
The Colorado team has also seen families who have gone into significant debt, paying hundreds of dollars a month for oils that do not appear to work for the vast majority. For all these reasons, not a single pediatric neurologist in Colorado recommends the use of artisanal cannabis preparations.