Jo McGuire, Chairwoman
The Honorable Charles Schumer
United States Senate
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Schumer,
I am writing to you on behalf of the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) regarding your recently proposed legislation titled “The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunities Act” (SB3174). While our Association fully recognizes the current Political debate regarding marijuana use and its potential medical benefit and efforts to decriminalize its possession, our Organization wishes to approach this legislation and the overall issue in a reasonable and informed manner. There is much debate regarding the negative effects of marijuana use on the human brain and its impairment while operating a motor vehicle, these two factors have a direct impact on law enforcement and the general public and our association believes that specific funding, as your bill calls for in determining impairment and the effects of THC on the human brain, are an appropriate step and good public policy. Therefore, our Association supports these two particular provisions in SB3174.
However, any effort to decriminalize and remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances without credible determinations to these important questions would be “putting the cart before the horse” and our Association opposes such efforts.
In addition, the removal of marijuana from the list of scheduled substances would have a negative impact on the ability of HHS to include marijuana in their list of common drugs to be tested, which in turn, would directly impact the Omnibus Transportation Safety Act, increasing the risk of marijuana-related fatalities, while adversely affecting public safety on the land, air and sea.
Senator Schumer, our Association is made up of members from vast areas of expertise including, drug testing facilities, laboratories, Medical Review Officers, Law Enforcement, Substance Abuse Professionals and others and while we cannot support your legislation as written, we would look forward to having the opportunity to discuss your proposal and any common ground we could find together that would serve in the best interest of public safety and the general public.
I look forward to providing you or your staff any input or information which you may require. Please feel free to contact me at 719-290-0839, JoMcGuire@Ndasa.com or our Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Jim Greer at 407-342-7094, Jim@accrediteddrugtesting.com