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Marijuana Prohibition Undermines Community Health

Long-time DPA ally Dr. Elizabeth Bogel Ryan wrote a powerful op-ed featured on urging state legislators to pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act to end marijuana prohibition in New York. Dr. Ryan explains how marijuana benefits her patients and the devastating consequences they face as a result of prohibition:

“True, like any other medication, marijuana is not without minor risks. However, the harm caused by its prohibition has proven much worse. Being away from family, possibly losing custody of children, not being able to make payments or keep a job, is very destabilizing – especially for a “crime” that is legal in 10 states. The system’s power to destroy a life for simply being picked up for marijuana possession is remarkable.”

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