NADCP has long been committed to guiding the Drug Court field and the broader criminal justice and treatment communities with science, not ideology. After thoroughly reviewing the research regarding the safety of recreational marijuana use and the efficacy of “medical” marijuana, NADCP unequivocally stands against the legalization of marijuana and the use of smoked marijuana as “medicine.”
Drug Courts serve seriously addicted individuals with long criminal records who have alienated nearly everyone they love. In every case, they tell us it began with marijuana. Convinced that marijuana was safe, they learned it is, in fact, addictive, causing serious cardiovascular and respiratory disease, triggering mental illness and addiction to more serious drugs, and estranging friends, family and coworkers.
Science, not ideology, must be our guide to rational and informed public policy. Therefore, our reasons for releasing a position statement are thoroughly explained and cited in the NADCP Position Statement on Marijuana.