National Association of Social Workers Oregon Chapter Endorses Initiative to Legalize Cannabis
The Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has officially endorsed Measure 91, an initiative to legalize cannabis which is being voted on November 4th.
“The NASW Oregon Chapter’s Social Workers Political Action Committee has met with both sides of the Measure 91 ballot measure campaign to weigh the issues carefully”, NASW’s Oregon Chapter said in a Thursday press release. “[W]e conclude that [Measure 91’s] approach to marijuana use as a public health issue is more consistent with the social work profession’s mandate, than Oregon’s current treatment of non-medical marijuana use.”
They continue; “Although the committee has concerns, the benefits of decriminalization together with the opportunity M91 creates to fund much-needed mental health programs carry substantial weight. NASW-OR strongly supports Measure 91’s public health approach to marijuana regulation.”
Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers has roughly 150,000 members.