In a world where the word impossible is constantly being redefined, cannabis is moving forward by leaps and bounds. While many are just beginning to realize the health benefits of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and the other cannabinoids, others have been advocating change and working toward a common goal. There will come a day when what was once thought impossible is commonplace, when people no longer have to fight for legal access to their medicine. And there are breakthroughs daily on the campaign.
The American Medical Association’s stance on the legality of cannabis has wavered throughout the years, and wording really is everything. For example, William C. Woodward, M.D., former Legislative Counsel at the AMA, replied in this way to the question “Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?:
“There is nothing in the medicinal use of cannabis that has any relation to cannabis addiction…To say that the use of the drug should be prevented loses sight of the fact that future investigation may show that there are substantial medical uses for cannabis.”
That was in 1937. For 40 years the AMA wandered in the desert of denial and drug disinformation. Since 1977 the organization has been publicly calling for lawmakers to re-evaluate their stance on cannabis use, and in the past few years an update to the policy was made that left many scratching their heads.
Mixed smoke signals
The policy in its entirety can be found on The American Medical Association’s official website, but the key elements lie a few lines in.
Our AMA urges that marijuana’s status as a federal schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines and alternate delivery methods. This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product.
This update to the policy (aside from the boilerplate disclaimer at the end) is highly encouraging to many compassionate physicians, patients, and members of the public. To others it is shocking, and not every single doctor residing in the United States is going to wholeheartedly embrace and regurgitate the opinions of the AMA.
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation
A group of independent physicians have broken free from the status quo and formed Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, which endorses not only the medicinal properties of cannabis but also adult recreational use. According to Ganjapreneur, “more than 50 physicians” have come over to the green side and are willing to openly speak on a subject that has had the nation buzzing for decades. Let’s face it — everyone should have the freedom to choose what’s right for their own body.
The group, which includes former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, was founded by psychiatrist David L. Nathan, associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Having this kind of clout backing a medical campaign is absolutely uplifting and a “Well, DUH!” moment for the rest of us.
Doctors should affirmatively support this
Dr. Nathan told the Washington Post “Doctors should affirmatively support this. If you’re going to make something against the law, the health consequences of that use have to be so bad to make it worth creating criminal consequences. That was never true of marijuana. It was banned in 1937 over the objections of the American Medical Association.”
The rabbit hole on that last statement is deeper than anyone can realize. The lobbying against hemp and cannabis has been an ongoing issue in this country for decades. In short, the plant was banned in 1937 against the recommendations of the AMA.
At that time, Dr. Woodward of the AMA was worried that prohibiting cannabis would “deprive the public of the benefits of a drug that on further research may prove to be of substantial value.” He also stated in a letter addressed to Sen. Pat Harrison that “The American Medical Association has no objection to any reasonable regulation of the medicinal use of cannabis and its preparations and derivatives.” Like all battles worth fighting, there is light at the end of the tunnel: Present-day AMA policy does not categorically deny the benefits of cannabis use.
Only a matter of time
Recently, the AMA has been encouraging research alongside the DEA and FDA to provide a “Special schedule and implement administrative procedures to allow grant applications and conduct clinical research trials” of cannabis. The AMA as a whole does not firmly support legalization, but sometimes all it takes is a few logical beings to bring about change.
Dr. Nathan has a solid plan. “We want to build a group of physicians who are going to be out in the public making the case for marijuana legalization to physicians, medical associations and the public at large.” Science is on their side, and with medical professionals backing the movement more and more, people are gradually beginning to accept a world of legal cannabis use.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garyn Angel is an inventor, entrepreneur, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, which manufactures the appliance he invented for converting cannabis to edible form. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.