Task force formed, opposes medical marijuana
MURRAY, Ky. - A group of concerned citizens is forming a task force opposing the legalization of medical marijuana. The announcement comes the same day as Kentucky state lawmakers listened to testimony from people in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical uses.
Registered nurse Melissa Ross is a part of that task force that will target teens and their parents. She says teens are influenced by not only peers but parents.
"They mimic the behaviors of adults in their lives, we see that with alcohol use, with tobacco use," she said.
She worries about what would happen if medical marijuana is legalized. Ross believes teens attitudes might change if they see adults smoking, even if for medical reasons. She claims there is nothing medical about the drug.
"You don't know the side effects, how long it will last. You don't know the potency, the dangers associated with that," she said.
Dottie Kraemer is with Calloway County's Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. She says she is concerned over what has happened in states that have legalized medical marijuana.
"That perception of risk is going down, it means the risk of use is going up," she said.
Kraemer says she will do what she can in the weeks ahead to get her message out. She plans on going to schools, civic groups - even utilizing radio and newspaper advertising.
She says her group is open to the idea that marijuana might help some people. But before legislation is passed, she is demanding research, approval, and regulation from the FDA.