National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana: An Evidence Review and Research Agenda.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2017 Jan 12. Changes in marijuana use across the 2012 Washington State recreational legalization: is retrospective assessment of use before legalization more accurate?
Evolving Legality of Use As of March 2019, the medical use of cannabis is legal pursuant to local law in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and four U. territories, and the recreational use of cannabis is legal pursuant to local law in 10 states, the District of Columbia, and one territory.
Another 13 states and one territory have decriminalized the possession and/or use of cannabis. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued the Cole Memorandum, which states that the DOJ would not enforce federal cannabis prohibition in states that "legalized marijuana in some form and ...
Addiction professionals are in the unique position to be able to recognize, diagnose, mitigate, and treat the detrimental effects of cannabis use.
After much discussion and debate, NAADAC has arrived at the following position.
In February 2019, the World Health Organization suggested reclassifying cannabis under international treaties to reflect its therapeutic properties.
However, the therapeutic benefits continue to be disputed and no consensus has been reached by the medical or scientific community.
As addiction professionals, we have a duty to our clients to educate ourselves on the most up-to-date evidence-based practices.
This includes understanding the substances that our clients are using and/or abusing and their respective effects on the body.