Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) Foundation distributed the following news release to numerous reporters on Wednesday, but most chose to ignore this important finding that the new medicinal marijuana laws did not lead to increased teen marijuana usage.
Please help make sure that it does not get swept under the rug! While the government's survey is still "news," please use the following information to develop a letter-to-the-editor, then submit it to your local newspapers as soon as possible.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 18, 1999
Government Survey Finds Medicinal Marijuana Reform Did Not Lead to Increased Teen Marijuana Use
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, released today by the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, found that medicinal marijuana reform did not lead to increased teen marijuana use.
"Today's findings should dispel the myth once and for all that medicinal marijuana sends the wrong message and leads to increased non-medical marijuana use," said Chuck Thomas, director of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project.
Important findings include:
"Since 1996, Drug Czar McCaffrey and his ilk have been trying to scare the American people by claiming that the medicinal marijuana initiatives would cause more adolescents to use marijuana," said Chuck Thomas. "Clearly, this hasn't happened. Teens obviously understand the difference between medicine and drug abuse."
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