On the Availability of Leaf Marijuana For Medicinal Applications
Whereas, some states have recently passed either ballot initiatives or laws allowing the use of marijuana when individuals receive a physician’s recommendation; and
Whereas, the Federal Controlled Substances Act and most state controlled substances acts have scheduled marijuana as an illegal drug and do not make medical necessity or acceptance an exception to its illegal use and distribution; and
Whereas, no scientific proof that marijuana can satisfy the requirement that it is currently accepted for medical use safe and effective; and
Whereas, on April 20, 2006, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision and that there is sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful and there are no sound scientific studies supporting the safety or efficacy of marijuana for medical use.
Whereas, marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug and has a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence; and
Whereas, statutes that create a defense to possess marijuana for medical applications bypass the United States Food and Drug Administration drug approval process that has protected us for 100 years from unsafe drugs, thus jeopardizing consumer protection;
Whereas, allowing a medical excuse to possess marijuana has been demonstrated to create a difficult and confusing legal situation for law enforcement;
Therefore, be it hereby
Resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Kansas Family Partnership, Inc. opposes the smoking of marijuana for medicinal applications unless approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration; and be it further
Resolved, that the Kansas legislature shall not enact any legislation relative to marijuana which bypasses the United States Food and Drug Administration or creates a medical excuse defense to possession on medical grounds.