American Medical Association Endorses Marijuana Research and Repeal of ‘don’t ask,don’t tell’

November 11, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The American Medical Association House of Delegates has called for a review of the U.S. ban on prescribing marijuana for medical use. Meeting in Houston, the group declined to endorse state-based medical marijuana programs but urged the federal government to loosen the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Other drugs classified as Schedule I, the most restrictive of the federal government’s five schedules, include heroin and LSD, and is the only classification of controlled substances that may not be prescribed by a physician.  The AMA’s goal in changing its policy is to clear the way for clinical research, development of marijuana-based medicines, and creation of alternate ways to deliver the drug.

The nation’s largest physicians organization, with about 250,000 member doctors, also adopted a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that forbids gays in the military from disclosing their sexual orientation. The resolution finds the policy threatens to compromise medical care of gay patients in the military.  As for same-sex marriage bans, the AMA claims they lead to health disparities for gay families, due primarily to deficiencies in health insurance, as well as the lack of spousal taxation, retirement and Social Security benefits. Delegates at the Houston meeting also voted to support a band on the use of all handheld communication devices while driving, including cell phones.

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  8. Steven G. Meador on November 29th, 2009 4:29 pm

    i would like to say that if you look at research it clearly show that marijuana does alter a person state of mind. but who can say that it alter their mind in a bad way? from personal experience marijuana is not an addiction, a person can choose at anytime to quit smoking marijuana. its not like cigarettes where its Nicene make them crave more cigarettes, cigarettes has kill over 430,000 each year in this county alone, and tell me why do doctors give cancer passion marijuana when doctors and scientist have said “smoking marijuana is like smoking 4 cigarettes.” please tell me why doctors would give someone something that would hurt them more, could it be that it not a drug but just a plant? Now if you look at the purpose of life. Didn’t god put everything here for a reason and i believe put marijuana on this planet for a reason and i don’t believe that god mean for it to be illegal. because think of all the other drugs out there their all man made, and marijuana is man grown. human has said that this so call drug (marijuana) that it is so bad for you. but I don’t believe the right test has been done on it. One more question, tell me how many times have someone can in to a doctor office with a marijuana issue?

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