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     An Urgent Call to Action from 
SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and National Families in Action (NFIA)
 
The UN's World Health Organization recently issued a complex proposal to change marijuana's status in the international drug control treaties. Because of the late-breaking nature of the proposal, member countries have not had time to understand the implications of the proposed changes and if they would set up a path to legalization for non-medical purposes. It is important to note that countries already have a large degree of flexibility under the treaties in allowing research and non-criminal sanctions on marijuana, so it is not clear that these changes are necessary to further legitimate research. 
 
We need the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to convene a public meeting to evaluate and explain the proposal before the United States decides whether our government should support the changes.
 
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently receiving feedback, and the FDA must hear from you before the vote in Vienna March 18-22, 2019. Making your voice heard is critical if you don't want marijuana ultimately legalized, commercialized, and marketed to your kids. 
 
Background
Each year new drugs of abuse may be added to the treaties' schedules, transferred from one schedule to another, or deleted. WHO convenes an expert panel to review "psychoactive substances on their potential to cause dependence, abuse, and harm to health and their potential therapeutic applications." 
 
The panel conducts a pre-review, then a critical review of specific drugs for WHO. Based on the reviews, WHO makes recommendations to the UN's Secretary General, currently Antônio Guterros, who oversaw drug decriminalization as Portugal's prime minister. The Sec. Gen. puts them up for a vote by the entire body. WHO notifies member nations when such reviews are underway. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration solicits comments from the public about the reviews' findings. FDA considers the comments as part of its scientific and medical evaluation in its report back to WHO.
 
What Happened
The WHO recently completed a critical review of:
  • The cannabis plant and resin (hashish)
  • Extracts and tinctures of cannabis
  • THC, and
  • Isomers of THC.
 
The panel suggested rescheduling some components and transferring other between treaties, but member countries have not had time to understand the implications of the proposal. Member nations will meet in Vienna March 18-22 to vote on the proposal. Comments are due by March 14, 2019.
  Click here to submit your comments. Suggested language is included. Feel free to edit, add your own comments, and tell your story. Thanks all!
 
 

The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

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The Marijuana Report Staff
Executive Editor
Sue Rusche
Editor
Nicole Carter
IT Consultant
Lee Clontz
Social Media Coordinator
Margarita Eberline
 
We are grateful to our Board of Directors and Senior Adviser for their support of National Families in Action, which produces The Marijuana Report website and e-newsletter.
 
National Families in Action
Board of Directors

William F. Carter, Chairman of the Board
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Georgia Properties, Atlanta.

Sue Rusche, President and CEO, Atlanta.

Richard L. Brown, Secretary
Attorney (Ret.), Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Founder & Chairman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association 

Jeannine F. Adams, Director
President and CEO, J. Addams & Partners, Atlanta.

Jack L. Arbiser, MD, PhD, Director
Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta

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Partner (Ret.), Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta.

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Strategy Director, 360 Marketing Plus, Atlanta.

Robert Margolis, PhD, Director
Founder, Caron Solutions Intensive Outpatient Program, Roswell, Georgia.

Shannon Murphy, MD FAAP, Director
Birmingham, Alabama 
 
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Kent “Oz” Nelson, Chairman and CEO (Ret.)
United Parcel Service, Atlanta.
 

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