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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