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Niagara County Board of Health Supports New York State Association of County Health Officials Position on Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Thursday, October 25, 2018/Categories: Health

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The Niagara County Board of Health voted at the September 27, 2018 meeting to support the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) position on legalization of recreational marijuana.  NYSACHO, which represents the 58 local health departments, has serious concerns about New York State’s intention to propose legislation that would legalize regulated marijuana. The Niagara County Board of Health supports the united opinion of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of the State of New York and NYSACHO that legalization of regulated marijuana could lead to dangerous public health outcomes.   

“The Niagara County Board of Health is committed to protecting population health and safeguarding our community,” stated Public Health Director, Daniel J. Stapleton. “I applaud the Board of Health for taking this position as it demonstrates our collective efforts to defend against well documented adverse health effects of marijuana,” he added.  Should marijuana become legal in New York State, local public health officials are exploring public health approaches to regulation and control of commercially legalized marijuana. Local public health approaches may include evaluation of strict regulatory mechanisms to control marijuana production, sales, and use while advancing the public health goals of preventing access by minors, as well as protecting and informing consumers.

The community is encouraged to review the NYSACHO position statement, which fully outlines the adverse health effects of marijuana:

http://www.niagaracounty.com/Portals/4/NCBOH%20support%20of%20NYSACHO%20Letter%20re%20legalization%20of%20regulated%20marijuana.pdf

If you have additional questions about the Niagara County Board of Health position on legalization of recreational marijuana, please contact Daniel J. Stapleton, Public Health Director at the Niagara County Department of Health at (716) 439-7435.

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