Calif. Industry Group For Doctors Backs Legalizing Pot

ANAHEIM (AP) — California’s largest industry group for doctors is calling for the legalization of marijuana even as it maintains that the drug has few proven health benefits.

The Los Angeles Times reports the California Medical Association adopted the new stance at its annual meeting Friday in Anaheim.

A Sacramento physician, who wrote the new policy, says doctors are increasingly frustrated by the state’s medical marijuana law, which allows use with a doctor’s recommendation. Dr. Donald Lyman says physicians are put in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether to recommend a drug that’s illegal under federal law.

The group acknowledges health risks associated with marijuana use and proposes regulation similar to alcohol and tobacco, but says the consequences of criminalization outweigh the dangers.

CMA represents more than 35,000 California physicians.

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  1. Brandt Hardin says:

    Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster featuring Uncle Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

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