NEVADA STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OPPOSES LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
Las Vegas, NV: The Nevada State Medical Association, the state’s largest physician-led advocacy group, voted at its annual meeting to formally oppose state Ballot Question 2 entitled “Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” which provides for the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) held its 112th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session on September 16-18, 2016 at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together physician leaders and delegates to evaluate proposals that affect public health in Nevada and to set healthcare-related policy priorities for the next year.
NSMA’s elected representatives voted to publicly oppose recreational marijuana in Nevada based on physicians’ concerns that legalization increases the risk recreational marijuana poses to the public health. There is a lack of evidence-based research on the effects of recreational marijuana use and reports in the States that have passed the measure raise serious concerns about detrimental effects on individuals, and on public health and safety including the risks of addiction and cognitive impairment.