Need to Know Brief: The Facts on Marijuana
Several jurisdictions in the U.S. have taken steps toward decriminalizing marijuana possession for personal use or when recommended by a physician for medicinal purposes. Other jurisdictions have pending ballot initiatives or legislative bills proposing such changes in the law. The Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) has determined that it is essential for Drug Court practitioners to be fully and objectively informed about the effects of marijuana on their participants and the public at-large. This document briefly reviews the scientific evidence concerning the effects of marijuana.