Surgeon General & Director of National Institute on Drug Abuse Make Misleading Statements About Cannabis

By the Veterans Cannabis Coalition

National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams

National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams

In two separate appearances in the past week, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and the Director of The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow, made demonstrably misleading and prejudicial statements that run contrary to basic reason and established scientific evidence.

At a panel in Boston on June 5th put on by the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance and featuring a one-sided panel of prohibitionists, as reported by The Boston Globe Dr. Volkow made this statement:

“Yes, tobacco is more harmful for cancer, but marijuana is more harmful as it disrupts who you are as a person. We have 480,000 people dying from tobacco and none have died from marijuana, but it’s a distorted argument because marijuana harms your humanity, your brain.”

On June 7th on HILL TV Dr. Adams said:

"The marijuana of even 10 years ago was less than 5 percent THC, which is the product that causes you to get high, which can cause addiction, which can cause problems. I like to have a glass of wine every once in a while. But that doesn't mean I endorse a pint of grain alcohol.”

Two public employees, entrusted with advising the executive branch and Congress on critical healthcare issues, in less than 100 words showed themselves to be either shamefully ignorant or deliberately deceitful. Using their positions and credentials, they have weighed in on the side of cannabis prohibition and in doing so have shown malicious disregard to the millions of Americans who are suffering for lack of safe and legal access to cannabis.

They claim to care about the opioid epidemic but ignore the National Academy of Sciences 2017 finding that evidence strongly supports cannabis use in managing chronic pain and NIDA studies that indicate decreased opioid fatalities in states with legal cannabis. They dismiss or downplay alcohol and tobacco—which are associated with deaths of 11 million people around the world every year and literally hundreds of billions of dollars in societal costs.

These false and dangerous words are given platforms and credibility when they deserve neither. Take action and tell your representatives that you want to hear from veterans who have experienced the impact of cannabis firsthand and doctors who have treated patients with cannabis. Text VCC to 52886 and tell Congress to #ListentoVeterans, #ResearchReformRestore, and #EndCannabisProhibition.


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