Quality & Science

President Comments on Marijuana Use, ASAM Expresses Concern

by ASAM Staff | January 22, 2014
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) expresses its concern that the President’s comments regarding marijuana use in the January 27, 2014 edition of The New Yorker magazine may contribute to the growing misperception among America’s youth that marijuana is harmless. ASAM finds insufficient evidence to support the notion that the public health benefits of using the illicit drug outweighs the dangers to users and to their communities. ASAM encourages the President and our nation’s policy makers to build public awareness for addiction prevention and treatment, whether the addictive substance is alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or prescription opioids.


View the entire press release here.


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  1. James Mar 29, 2014 - 10:32 AM

    I have been an addiction counselor for 20 years and specialize with working with adolescents. Throughout all this time the primary drug of choice for the majority of my clients has been cannabis. The reality is that they experience bio-psycho-social consequences like any other addiction, yet it is still minimized and labeled safe. I know many of clients currently in recovery, and parents/families who have seen their loved ones struggle, would disagree with the notion it is safe. I am one of them. 

  2. Nicko Thime Mar 13, 2014 - 01:37 PM

    What selfrighteous bull. PURE garbage

    Pot is less harmful than any substance in common use today including water.

    No one has EVER overdosed on it or been addicted to it.

    ANY organization, like this one, still pitching these Reefer Madness kinds of lies should be laughed at as absurd and out of touch with reality.


  3. George (Bronx, NY) Feb 02, 2014 - 04:52 PM
    Very sad for a President of the United States to make such a ill informed and irresponsible comment of marijuana use. Definitely, not Presidential! If anything, educate on the dangers; legal, arrest and THC of marijuana.

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