(St. Petersburg, FL) With a potential 2014 ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana under the guise of medicine looming in our state, policy and prevention organizations urge Floridians to wait for FDA approval of the cannabis extract known as CBD.
Florida’s proposed amendment to legalize marijuana for so-called medical purposes has been met with scrutiny by Attorney General Bondi and numerous organizations who feel the initiative language has loopholes that would allow for widespread abuse of marijuana. In fact, the amendment could make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states, allowing use for limitless “other conditions” specified by any physician. However, recent approval by the FDA to conduct research on the cannabis extract CBD that may prove helpful in treatment of pediatric epilepsy sheds new light on this situation. If approved, CBD would be the second extract of marijuana to be developed into legitimate medicine. The first such extract was THC which was approved by the FDA decades ago and is available in prescription form.
“This is good news because it reinforces our position that medicine should go through the FDA process and should be a pure compound where dosing can be controlled and where side effects are known,” said Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Save Our Society From Drugs. “This provides another reason why crude marijuana should not be labeled as medicine. If the legalization proponents really believe that marijuana is medicine, why don’t they put those millions of dollars behind this kind of research, rather than funding efforts to legalize pot and make it easily accessible to nearly everyone?” concluded Fay.
“This cannabis extract has been found to alleviate symptoms from retractable seizures and it is not smoked. The FDA approval process ensures consumer protection from smoked marijuana (with no additives) which has more carcinogens than tobacco and has been shown to cause deficiencies in immune response,” said Dr. Jessica Spencer, Project Director of Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition. “Let’s continue to research the beneficial properties of the cannabis plant and help those that truly need and deserve it, without allowing another opportunity for crime and fraud with the cash business of marijuana similar to pill mills,” concluded Spencer.
If you would like to set up an interview about this issue with Calvina Fay or Dr. Jessica Spencer, please contact Lana Beck at (727) 828-0211 or (727) 403-7571.
Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) takes a comprehensive approach to promote sound drug policy that includes education, prevention, abstinence-based treatment, scientific research, and community awareness. www.saveoursociety.org.
The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition’s mission is to develop community partnerships that implement comprehensive evidenced based environmental strategies to reduce substance abuse and promote health and wellness throughout the county, especially among youth.