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Ted Golden, M.D., Best 2018 Candidate 

Michigan House of Representatives

‚ÄčRochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township

Welcome to Ted Golden, M.D.

Seeking Your Vote from District 45


Legal Marijuana Is Coming and We Should Be Prepared

The ballot initiative of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will be on the ballot for the November, 2018, election.  I am in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.  A lot of thought and effort went into writing the proposal.  I read it and feel that it is very solid.  I plan to vote "yes" on the initiative.  However, I am not in the marijuana business, and do not plan to be in the marijuana business.  I still want to hear and read what the experts and voters have to say both pro and con.  

I have a few concerns.  I do not want recreational marijuana to be regulated to the point that the black market can easily sell marijuana below the legal price.  Marijuana being a factor in causing traffic accidents is of great concern to me.  There should be severe penalties imposed on high drivers who cause auto accidents.  I do not want marijuana to be regulated like alcohol when I see the influence that the alcohol industry has over those who regulate it.  The alcohol industry's best interests are not always what is best for the consumer, especially concerning competition and price of the product.  I want rules and regulations that will limit the influence of those entering this nascent legal business before they get bad habits.  

A word about medical marijuana.  At this time marijuana is an alternative medicine when used for medicinal purposes.  Very little research that would pass FDA scrutiny has been done concerning marijuana, because marijuana is an illegal federal Schedule I drug.  Abdul El-Sayed, M.D., a Michigan gubernatorial candidate is right in advocating for more research in Michigan concerning medical marijuana.  Hopefully, Michigan could become a producer of prescription marijuana.  However, Michigan produced prescription marijuana will not have access to a national market due to current federal law.   At the federal level marijuana should not be a Schedule I drug.

Ted Golden, M.D.