President Obama Downplays Dangers of Marijuana To The Detriment of Children

World Congress of Families 24 January 2014
World Congress of Families  Managing Director Larry Jacobs decried President Obama recent assertion that marijuana is no more of a danger than alcohol. “What makes him an expert, besides admitting that he smoked pot in college?” Jacobs asked.

In 1971, responding to lobbyist pressure for marijuana legalization, the U.S. Congress established a National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. After two years of research studying the many negative health effects of marijuana, the Commission’s report to the Government urged the President and Congress to discourage use of the drug. Dr. John Howard, Senior Fellow at The Howard Center for Family, Religion, & Society, and the World Congress of Families) was appointed a member to that first commission. And now, 42 years later, the dangers of marijuana legalization are only more apparent.

Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and a former eight-term Democratic Congressman from Rhode Island, disputed the president’s claim, noting that his own director of the national institutes of Health “would tell the president that, in fact, today’s modern, genetically modified marijuana,, so it’s much higher in THC levels, far surpassing the marijuana that the president acknowledged smoking when he was a young person.” The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, calls marijuana legalization (of which the president seems to approve) “a dangerous social experiment.”

“The president seems to be addicted to pushing dangerous social experiments, like the morning-after pill for children, and same-sex ‘marriage,’” Jacobs observed.

“Even if the president was correct about the effects of marijuana being no more dangerous than alcohol, that’s a poor argument for legalization,” Jacobs said. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the U.S. each year, 88,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol consumption. “Because one drug is legal, is that a compelling reason to legalize every recreational drug? What kind of message does this promotion of drug use send to our children?,” Jacobs asked. The president’s comments were reported in a New Yorker article published last weekend. “  

What is the Howard Center? The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society (www.profam.org) is located in Rockford, Illinois and is an independent, non-profit research and education center that provides sound scholarship and effective strategies to affirm and defend the natural family, thus renewing a stable and free society. The Howard Center is the publisher of the journal, “The Family In America” and is also the organizer of the World Congress of Families (WCF) project which is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and inter-faith people of goodwill from more than 80 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Dr. Allan Carlson, President of The Howard Center. To date, there have been five World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw, Poland (2007) and Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009). World Congress of Families VI was held in Madrid, Spain in May 25-27, 2012. World Congress of Families VII was held in Sydney, Australia, May 15-18, 2013, www.wcfsydney2013.org.au. WCF VIII Moscow 2014 will be held September 10-12 in the Kremlin.
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