American Medical Association Reconsidering Marijuana Prohibition

On Tuesday, the American Medical Associationama announced that while they still consider marijuana a dangerous drug and a public health concern, federal efforts to curb marijuana use are ineffective. The organization recommended continuing the criminalization of marijuana sales but suggested that marijuana use be treated with a public health approach rather than incarceration. The AMA also stated that they would be paying close attention to Colorado and Washington as they begin to implement regulated cultivation and retail marijuana sales.

“We are sorry to hear they wish to stay the course in enforcing this failed policy, but we are pleased to hear they are interested in reviewing the potential benefits of the laws passed in Colorado and Washington to regulate marijuana like alcohol,” said Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Any objective analysis of marijuana will confirm that it is far less harmful than alcohol. If the AMA is truly concerned about public health and safety, it should support a policy in which adults are able to make the safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol.”

Most Americans agree that marijuana is safer than alcohol and should be treated as such. The AMA is quite right that incarcerating marijuana users fails to curb use and creates more harm to the individual and society. Part of treating marijuana as a public health issue, however, is removing the marijuana market from criminal control by regulating retail sales for responsible adults.

6 thoughts on “American Medical Association Reconsidering Marijuana Prohibition”

  1. Well, you have to realize that medical doctors are a big part of Drug War profiteering and have ties to the also-failed drug testing industry that offers zero benefit and is paid for by our tax dollars. They also are known to get kickbacks for prescribing dangerous drugs from Big Pharma, and if people are free to use the actually effective and infinitely less harmful MJ, there goes their summer mansion. They’re not going to dive right into the correct side of this argument because the correct side brings them no money, but on the other hand the fact that they are even willing to tentatively consider watching CO and WA means the sheer force of public opinion is beginning to weigh heavy on them.

    Think about it: on one hand, they can’t cave in right away or else the money train goes that much sooner, but on the other hand they can’t totally deny the established scientific facts OR the fact that public opinion is going to ramrod legalization through using those legitimate facts just like they ramrodded the Drug War on us based on propagandist lies. They can’t admit they were wrong, at least not just yet, and yet they can’t totally deny reality or they are going to look like asses in another ten years when marijuana is totally legalized, the Drug War ends, and Drug War profiteering companies like the drug testing industry are going under. So we’re getting this milquetoast lukewarm “well, it’s totally dangerous and should be criminalized but…. ya know” effort to placate both sides of their dilemma.

    Of course, it’s not going to work on us, and the fact that any of these organizations are even giving us this lukewarm “I stand on my former position, but…ya know” is very funny, because it indicates how far public opinion and the legalization movement have come. In fact, look at all these politicians with their “no, we shouldn’t legalize, decriminalization is the way to go!” when just a year or two ago decriminalization or ANY drug law reform was off limits and non-negotiable. They know their days are now numbered, that their days would be numbered the moment ANY state legalized and were doubly numbered when, to everyone’s surprise, TWO states legalized at once! I rather suspect they had a plan in store for any single state that legalized, to throw money at it to bury it and neutralize it in its infancy before the next election cycle and before the laws could be finalized, and when two states legalized at once their efforts were divided and weakened. They just simply were not prepared for the sheer force of public opinion, or how strong the will of the people is on this issue, or how much bipartisan support it has, and did not have a plan for neutralizing two state laws at once. Even if they torpedoed it in one state, the other would in the meantime finalize it’s law and legalization would still be on its way.

    I can’t wait to dance on the graves of the Drug War profiteers. There are few things more foul in this world than a war profiteer, whether a shooting war or a political/social war, and humanity would be better off without these soulless opportunists who regard the rest of us as just factors in their own greed.

  2. The AMA is more concerned with cures or, failing that, illness management than with prevention, but if they consider cannabis dangerous, at least they should have a position on Harm Prevention equipment such as vaporizers and long-stemmed one-hitters instead of the 500-mg H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide joint.

  3. @mexweed: Look up the Ben Goldacre, author of “Bad Pharma”. He’s one of the responsible doctors, but has been trying to expose how the pharmaceutical companies have been controlling a lot of issues in favor of making money. And he’s not wrong–I used to work cleaning offices in college, and I cleaned a few doctor’s offices, and you’d be amazed at how much of their stuff in those back rooms has pharmaceutical company logos all over them. Stethoscopes with logos, clocks with logos, baskets of goodies with a “good will” note from yet another invested company, coffee cups, etc. They shower many doctors with gifts and payoffs to favor their own particular product in prescriptions, and there are plenty of doctors who actually buy into that for their own greed. And as I said, if people are allowed to grow a much more effective treatment or even cure in their garden or window box instead of paying an arm an a leg for more dangerous for-profit pharmaceuticals, those doctors don’t get payoffs for prescribing certain meds. The AMA is feathering their own nest here and does not care about “harm reduction” or about vaporizers or anything else.

  4. As a political person working for the freedom of many to use marijuana, too many think of the officials as having a vested interest in marijuana prohibition. After listening to many legislators and Dr. Gupta, it’s pretty obvious that these officials and medical people don’t know the truth about marijuana. As Dr. Gupta stated the DEA and our government has misled us for 70+ years. Those that believed in our government have to be re-educated about the truths as anyone that knew the truth when it became outlawed is no longer with us. Would you shoot heroin? Probably not, why, have you tried it? Many are not willing to try as they think it’s just the “dopers” that want it legalized. They will have to learn that over 50% of their constituents would rather it be legal and taxed. Democrats have always catered more to the people, but the Republican party needs to wake up also and this is a problem. To try and convince them to “see for themselves”, not by usage, but by video documentaries like that of Dr. Gupta that shows the truth and that the medical relief is not limited to adults. Medicine needs to be used where needed without the government trying to tell doctors what to prescribe like they are doing now. In a failing attempt to stop drug abuse. Here in Arizona, if you are driving and tested, you may show positive for marijuana, even if it’s been weeks since usage. You will also have a DUI and an alcohol switch you have to blow, on your vehicle, which is also useless! Don’t think all persons that are against marijuana are making money from it’s prohibition, they have been trained for many years that it’s bad, we have to un-learn them…

    Jack

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