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Thursday, November 28, 2013

AMA Reaffirming Its Opposition To Marijuana Legalization

Last week, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates voted, reaffirming its opposition to marijuana legalization, according to U.S. News & World Report. While their view may not have changed much over the years, they said the federal government’s methods for reducing illicit drug use has had little effect, the magazine points out.

The AMA called for “public health based strategies, rather than incarceration.” 

The AMA’s position is that “cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern.” However, they changed the position, held since 1977, backing “modification of state law to reduce the severity of penalties for possession of marijuana.” Instead, the group supported “modification of state and federal laws to emphasize public health based strategies to address and reduce cannabis use.”

Former Representative Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, who co-founded the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said in a statement, “The American Medical Association took a bold step today, and they should be commended. By explicitly rejecting calls to neutralize their anti-legalization position, they are sending a loud and powerful message to state and local decision makers, the Federal government, and the general public.”

Marijuana is a drug, as is any substance with mind altering properties, but people tend to have a different regard for marijuana than they do a drug like heroin. Marijuana may be the lesser of two evils but it is still a drug that could affect a developing brain, caution should be taken when it comes to adolescents and teenagers. The country is moving towards more lenient policies with marijuana, but that does not mean we should throw caution to the wind. Less incarceration and more education should be the stance the country takes towards all drugs, especially marijuana, since it is the only policy that seems to have the desired effect.
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