AUGUSTA, ME -- Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities, the No On One campaign, is proud to announce its initial list of organizations that have come forward to endorse the campaign and oppose Question 1. The coalition has been hard at work over the summer reaching out to organizations to provide education and information on why Question 1 is wrong for Maine, its youth, and its communities. This work has paid off as organization after organization has signed on to oppose Question 1. This initial list is diverse and includes leading voices in the areas of public health, addiction, mental health, and law enforcement.
The latest endorsement, added this week, comes from the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Maine is a grassroots organization that works to enhance the lives of all Mainers impacted by mental health concerns by offering support, education, and advocacy statewide. NAMI Maine's opposition to Question 1 is consistent with the known science around the impacts marijuana use can have on individuals with or at risk of developing mental health disorders. For example, in the American Psychiatric Associations formal position on marijuana, it cites that the strong association of marijuana use with the onset of psychiatric disorders.
NAMI Maine joins the growing list of Maine organizations formally opposing Question 1 and endorsing the No On One campaign. Other organizations opposing Question 1 include:
"This summer was all about laying the groundwork for our campaign, including building up a solid list of allies." states Campaign Chair, Scott Gagnon. "That work has paid off, as this initial list covers the top organizations in Maine in the areas of public health, mental health, addiction, youth health, and law enforcement. All of these organizations are dealing with Maine's addiction crisis first hand, and agree with us that the last thing we need is a new legal drug industry that makes profits off of addiction."
"This list is just the beginning," Gagnon adds. "We expect to announce more major endorsements in the coming weeks."
Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities is a volunteer organization made up of Mainers - parents, grandparents, young people, senior citizens, and other concerned adults. We represent diverse backgrounds including drug & alcohol prevention, youth services, education, health care, law enforcement, mental health services, and business leaders. We are funded by small, local donors that share our concerns that share our concerns about the harms of marijuana and the social costs associated with regular use, particularly among our children.