Arkansas Department Of Health Does Not Support Medical Marijauana Legalization

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LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) — The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) does not support recent ballot measures that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical treatment. Currently, only one measure has been certified for the November ballot.

This measure would place the ADH as the regulatory agency over a treatment that is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use. There are FDA approved treatment alternatives for all the medical conditions proposed to be treated with marijuana.

The ADH supports changes in medical treatment that come from the medical community and are grounded in a rigorous scientific process. Currently, marijuana for medical use has not gone through a scientific process to evaluate its efficacy or safety.

There are no scientific evaluations of the dosage and safety of marijuana varieties and preparations. Safe, effective, and reproducible treatment options will only come from clinical studies of defined preparations with known chemical composition. A move to simply make marijuana legal in medical circumstances will not accomplish this.

The ADH is not currently altering services or practice to prepare for the legalization of marijuana for medical use; rather, the agency will see which, if any, measure passes in November.


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