Influential Vermont Marijuana Study Criticized

Doctors, social workers and academics are criticizing a Vermont health department marijuana study completed earlier this year which helped persuade the state’s House of Representatives to reject a recreational cannabis bill in May.

Critics of the 84-page report charged it was narrowly focused on the negative aspects of marijuana, the Burlington Free Press reported.

Had lawmakers approved the recreational MJ bill, Vermont would have become the first state in the nation to approve legalization through its legislature.

The Vermont Department of Health was tasked with assessing the public health risks of marijuana legalization in the state, and released its findings and policy recommendations in mid-January. Department officials warned much more needed to be known about marijuana, the newspaper said.

The study recommended that regulators establish a system for testing whether drivers may be driving while under the influence of marijuana, and a legal limit for THC levels in drivers.

But those and other studies were unreliable, outdated, or placed out of context, doctors from the University of Vermont Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medical School pointed out.

For example, studies released after the Vermont report showed that it was impossible to accurately measure THC levels in people. The report also failed to take into account studies that showed marijuana legalization helped reduce opiate addiction, critics noted.

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2 comments on “Influential Vermont Marijuana Study Criticized
  1. Paul Sorensen on

    As usual, the outcome affecting hundreds of thousands of people comes down to one entity or a small group of people. Colorado, Oregon and Washington could provide data, if they bothered to ask. Regarding driving: Oregon and Washington have run a series of ads on tv to discourage
    driving while buzzed. So, legalization has actually improved public awareness of responsible cannabis consumption. It certain that many in Vermont already consume without these preventative warnings. Legalize.

    • Lawrence Goodwin on

      Or more accurately, Re-legalize. It boggles my mind how, since 1937, when the anti-“marihuana” tyranny began to descend on our whole nation, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was allowed to be the “one entity” in charge of suppressing domestic cannabis commerce, including the production of popular medical cannabis extracts. Now its “small groups of people” in the Drug Enforcement Administration and key prohibitionist states, like where I live in repressive New York. These arrogant public officials (who think they know better than the people) should be arrested and charged with “high crimes and misdemeanors” for their roles in the continued destruction of cannabis plants. Their support for this madness equals callous deprivation for millions of ‘Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness.’ It breaks my heart to see it happening each and every day.

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