READ PROPOSITION 215 CAREFULLY * IT IS A CRUEL HOAX
The proponents of this deceptive and poorly written initiative want to exploit public compassion for the sick in order to legalize and legitimatize the widespread use of marijuana in California.
Proposition 215 DOES NOT restrict the use of marijuana to AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and other serious illnesses.
READ THE FINE PRINT. Proposition 215 legalizes marijuana use for ''any other illness for which marijuana provides relief." This could include stress, headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, a stiff neck . . . or just about anything.
NO WRITTEN PRESCRIPTION REQUIRED
* EVEN CHILDREN COULD SMOKE POT LEGALLY!
Proposition 215 does not require a written prescription. Anyone with the ''oral recommendation or approval by a physician" can grow, possess or smoke marijuana. No medical examination is required.
THERE IS NO AGE RESTRICTION. Even children can be legally permitted to grow, possess and use marijuana . . . without parental consent.
NO FDA APPROVAL * NO CONSUMER PROTECTION
Consumers are protected from unsafe and impure drugs by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This initiative makes marijuana available to the public without FDA approval or regulation. Quality, purity and strength of the drug would be unregulated. There are no rules restricting the amount a person can smoke or how often they can smoke it.
THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is already available by prescription as the FDA approved drug Marinol.
Responsible medical doctors wishing to treat AIDS patients, cancer patients and other sick people can prescribe Marinol right now. They don't need this initiative.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, MAJOR
MEDICAL GROUPS SAY NO TO SMOKING
MARIJUANA FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES
The National Institute of Health conducted an extensive study on the medical use of marijuana in 1992 and concluded that smoking marijuana is not a safe or more effective treatment than Marinol or other FDA approved drugs for people with AIDS, cancer or glaucoma.
The American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Glaucoma Society and other top medical groups have not accepted smoking marijuana for medical purposes.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AND DRUG PREVENTION LEADERS
SAY NO TO PROPOSITION 215
The California State Sheriffs Association
The California District Attorneys Association
The California Police Chiefs Association
The California Narcotic Officers Association
The California Peace Officers Association
Attorney General Dan Lungren
say that Proposition 215 will provide new legal loopholes for drug dealers to avoid arrest and prosecution . . .
Californians for Drug-Free Youth
The California D.A.R.E. Officers Association
Drug Use Is Life Abuse
Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America
Drug Watch International
say that Proposition 215 will damage their efforts to convince young people to remain drug free. It sends our children the false message that marijuana is safe and healthy.
HOME GROWN POT * HAND ROLLED ''JOINTS"
* DOES THIS SOUND LIKE MEDICINE?
This initiative allows unlimited quantities of marijuana to be grown anywhere . . . in backyards or near schoolyards without any regulation or restrictions. This is not responsible medicine. It is marijuana legalization.
VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 215
MICHAEL J. MEYERS, M.D.
Medical Director, Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Program, Brotman Medical Center, CA
Red Ribbon Coordinator, Californians for Drug-Free