ASAM's public policy statements guide its advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues.

Marijuana, Cannabinoids and Legalization

Adoption Date:
September 21, 2015

Public Policy Statement on Marijuana, Cannabinoids and Legalization 

Below is an excerpt from the policy statement. To read the entire document, please view the PDF.

In light of the evolving legal landscape surrounding cannabis in the United States, which is giving rise to increased availability and use of cannabis and cannabis products, ASAM’s viewpoint is that it is imperative that Americans promote and adopt public policies that protect public health and safety as well as protect the integrity of our nation’s pharmaceutical approval process, which is grounded in well-designed and executed clinical research.  Currently, the legalization of cannabis in some states but not others provides a unique opportunity for a thorough investigation into the societal and public health impact of broader cannabis use. Such research is critical to inform other jurisdictions in how they can best protect and promote public health as they consider the legal status of marijuana use.