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CASAColumbia fully supports the use of marijuana-based medications that have undergone the FDA’s comprehensive drug approval process. We also encourage more research on the value of marijuana for medical purposes. But we remain wary of state legalization of medical marijuana, especially in forms that are not medically appropriate and are not properly regulated.

In March, Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital announced the launch of a fellowship program in addiction medicine, joining the ranks of 26 other fellowship programs accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAMF). These programs fill a tremendous gap in care and help foster a more integrative health care system for patients and providers alike.

Given what we currently know about marijuana, CASAColumbia does not support its legalization for recreational use. Instead, CASAColumbia supports keeping marijuana illegal but eliminating criminal penalties for personal use.

The percent of middle and high school students who currently use e-cigarettes has tripled in the past year. This alarming increase happened while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether or not it will use its authority to regulate the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes.

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