LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — California’s largest organization of physicians is officially supporting the legalization of pot and not just medical marijuana.
That is, the California Medical Association is endorsing the latest initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, saying:READ MORE: Culver City PD Seeks Public's Help Identifying Cyclist Who Violently Assault 17-Year-Old Girl
“The impacts of marijuana can then be monitored, researched and tightly regulated.”
In addition, the group says, “it will reduce the improper use of medical marijuana.”
“Just saying California should legalize marijuana use for recreational use because doctors don’t want to be the gatekeepers, that’s irresponsible,” said Damon Raskin, an addiction specialist and the medical director of Cliffside Malibu.
Raskin says he’s disappointed in the association’s stance.READ MORE: Street Racing Likely To Blame For Fiery Burbank Wreck Which Killed 3, Including Cerian Baker
“I think making it legal for recreational use condones that ‘this is OK for our youth,’ ” Raskin said.
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, which requires a doctor’s prescription.
Now, the group behind legalizing recreational marijuana, which makes it more accessible, says it has $1 million dollars in funding as of last month.
That group is working to collect enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot and welcomes this latest endorsement from a large part of the medical industry.
Long-time medical marijuana dispensary owner Calvin Frye also welcomes the doctors’ support.MORE NEWS: LA City Council To Consider Requiring COVID Vaccinations For Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, Concerts, Gyms
“This is just going to make it happen that much quicker,” he said.