It’s time to take our communities back from the national pot lobby.
“Opting Out on marijuana profiteering is Opting In to Community Health and Wellness”
Important local messaging:
- Marijuana IS NOT harmless. The only people saying marijuana is harmless are those standing to profit from it and those who believe them. Science and medicine tell us otherwise.
- Where there’s more pot more people use. Increased supply and commercial access to this drug impacts youth and vulnerable citizens. 80% of marijuana revenue now comes from 20% of heaviest users–this is the definition of an “Addiction-For-Profit” industry.
3. Normalization of marijuana use impacts use rates, school performance and workplace performance. The highest rates of use, across age categories, are where the drug had been commercialized.
4. Public Health: Addiction prevention involves community environmental factors that delay and minimize drug exposures, especially to the developing brain through age 25. But heavy use, daily/near-daily use, and “Cannabis Use Disorder” (addiction) is now a defined substance use disorder in DSM 5 and is a growing public health issue of concern. Continue reading Why We Opt-Out — The Emerging Narrative on Community Marijuana Opt-Outs