AMA Wants Marijuana Research

The American Medical Association has come out in favor of more research into medical uses of marijuana, and has urged the federal government to reconsider its classification of pot as a dangerous drug.

At a meeting in Houston, the AMA’s delegates voted in support of clinical research to develop cannabis-based medicines.

Since 1997, the 250,000-member AMA had stood behind the federal government’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use, placing it alongside LSD and heroin. But now the AMA says the feds should consider changing that classification so that more research can be pursued.

The organization made clear it doesn’t support current programs in the 13 states that allow medical marijuana, and it doesn’t endorse legalization. But pot advocates say it’s still a huge shift in the AMA’s stance.

Today’s Los Angeles Times has a thorough article about the AMA and the national debate over medical marijuana. Click here.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Hal Johnson says:

    During Nixon's administration, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse in 1972 found that the constitutionality of marijuana prohibition was questionable. Obviously, Nixon decided not to implement the commission's findings. Things could have been different over the last thirty-seven years, had the Constitution held sway.

    • Avatar J P Adams says:

      Yes Hal, you are absolutely correct. I find it interesting it took so long for the AMA to finally take the stance in suggesting marijuana may not fit in with schedule 1 classification and perhaps a closer look should be taken.

      You suppose Big Pharmaceutical may be concerned? I'm sure they are.

  2. Avatar Alan says:

    I definitely do agree that this is a major victory for pro-legalization activists. This has a lot to do with the research being done and showing that Marijuana is not nearly as harmful as the government has led everyone to believe. There is no scientific data to show that marijuana is harmful, especially to the extent that it is being classified as a class 1 drug.
    Alan @ Basin Glass Bubblers Co.