Pony Party: Medical Marijuana

The American College of Physicians recently published a position paper in support of medical marijuana.

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Additional research is needed to further clarify the therapeutic value of cannabinoids and determine optimal routes of administration. Unfortunately, research expansion has been hindered by a complicated federal approval process, limited availability of research-grade marijuana, and the debate over legalization. ACP believes the science on medical marijuana should not be obscured or hindered by the debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana for general use. In this paper the College lays out a series of positions on research into, and the use of, marijuana as medicine.

In the paper the ACP expresses the following five positions:

Position 1: ACP supports programs and funding for rigorous scientific evaluation of the potential therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana and the publication of such findings. (…)

Position 2: ACP encourages the use of nonsmoked forms of THC that have proven therapeutic value.

Position 3: ACP supports the current process for obtaining federal research-grade cannabis.

Position 4: ACP urges review of marijuana’s status as a schedule I controlled substance and its reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana’s safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions.

Position 5: ACP strongly supports exemption from federal criminal prosecution; civil liability; or professional sanctioning, such as loss of licensure or credentialing, for physicians who prescribe or dispense medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Similarly, ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws.

Download the full paper (PDF)

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    • pfiore8 on February 21, 2008 at 1:26 am

    what a creep : : :

    he can’t engage the guy because he has no fucking good reason for it

    • RiaD on February 21, 2008 at 4:07 am

    medical or recreational…

    somebody (C Everett Koop?)said its the safest most theraputic drug known to man…

    • RiaD on February 21, 2008 at 4:09 am
    • H2D on February 21, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Then again, I’ll smoke to anything…

    Heh.

    That reminds me, it’s been quite awhile…

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