War on Drugs May Run into State Laws Permitting Marijuana Use

By Staff Writer

As the nation’s War on Drugs continues to move forward, some experts are questioning what effect the medical marijuana movement may have on law enforcement efforts. The federal government is working to crack down on the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, but many states are advancing laws that may be undercutting these efforts.

Dr. Dave Moore, a psychologist and addiction treatment expert in New York, told the New York Daily News that this situation reflects a need for the U.S. to alter its drug enforcement policies. Rather than pursuing a path of strict enforcement, he said that prevention should become the top priority.

With some states moving to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and others legalizing the drug for medical purposes, experts have worried that young people might get the wrong idea about the drug, and begin using it thinking that it is safe.

This is why Moore told the news source that educational and preventative efforts will play a key role in halting marijuana addiction’s growth.

A total of 14 states in the U.S. has laws on the books permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes, according to USA Today.