State College, PA (September 25, 2019) – The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA), a private non-profit whose mission is to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse and risk-related behaviors, is against the legalization of recreational marijuana in PA.
CPA’s founding principles are on prevention of substance misuse/abuse. It is clear that children and adolescents, those with mental illness, those with predisposition to addictions, and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to the legalization of recreational marijuana. In other legalized states, the expanded use of marijuana has negatively impacted public health through an increase in drugged driving fatalities, workplace accidents, and exposure to second-hand smoke.
“CPA believes a policy change of this magnitude should be evidence-based and scientifically supported,” said Jeff Hanley, CPA Executive Director. “With the increased THC levels and potency of marijuana, the related problems are even more pronounced. While we appreciate the Lt. Governor listening to the public about this subject, it’s critical that moving forward our legislators listen in depth to the key stakeholders working in prevention.”
Many studies have linked marijuana use to mental health problems including increased rates of anxiety, mood, and psychosis. Marijuana use is also associated with relationship problems, poor academic performance, employment issues, and lower life satisfaction. The cost of these consequences impacts local governments, school districts, workplaces, and the overall health of communities.
“CPA will continue to collaborate with the many other statewide organizations and coalitions who are opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana. We look forward to advocating and educating for Prevention and the overall public health of Pennsylvania residents,” said Jeff Hanley.
To learn more about CPA, please visit www.commonwealthpreventionalliance.org.
About The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance
CPA is a member-driven, grassroots organization whose mission is to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse. We are a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Since 1976, CPA has kept the needs and concerns of the prevention professional and the field of substance abuse prevention as its key focus, and today it continues to be the foremost voice for prevention in Pennsylvania