by Amelia Simpson,
The American Medical Association, which is the largest doctors’ organization in the USA, has reconsidered its position towards medical marijuana and currently supports exploration and medical research on marijuana for medicinal use. On Tuesday, the group has persuaded the federal government to re-evaluate its controlled substance categorization of marijuana in Schedule I, which unfairly maligns the plant alongside with some of the most hazardous narcotic substances, such as LSD and heroin.
AMA officer of board, Dr. Edward Langston specifies that just a least number of controlled, casual tests have ever been maintained on ingested marijuana in spite of medical research in by medical marijuana doctors and other experts, which encompasses more than thirty years. As for now, the group encourages new researches on medical marijuana’s effectiveness in spite of its support for the classification of marijuana in Schedule I, since 1997, because more and more medical marijuana doctors appear over time.
This year, Obama’s administration has also ordered federal narcotics agents to stop prosecuting people who use and distribute medical marijuana (including medical marijuana doctors) in the states that have legalized it, which indicated an alteration of the course from past administrations’ stringent opposition to the use of medical marijuana, even for people that have medical marijuana cards in the states that have legalized the plant for medical use. At the moment, fourteen states lawfully permit the use of medical marijuana and around twelve other states have started to think about doing so. The American Medical Association is interested in study, which takes in account alternative methods of using medical marijuana, apart from therapeutically smoking it. Lawyers for medical marijuana speak about other helpful modes of medical marijuana use, involving the THC-rich cannabis oil extraction, which is claimed to be able to heal cancer patients. Today, no one is persecuted for the use of cannabis if a legal medical marijuana card is present.
The reaction of the federal government to the AMA’s stance has been pretty silent in spite of loosened federal prosecution of medical marijuana use and medical marijuana clinic workers. DEA – the Drug Enforcement Administration – repeated the status of marijuana as a Schedule I substance and the FDA – Food and Drug Administration – refused to give any commentaries on the situation. The American Medical Association was one of the sole groups to object the first federal limitation on cannabis, which were established back in 1937. It still persists to decline casual idea that medical marijuana is a myth, in spite of its past support of Schedule I narcotic classification. The organization even objected an offered amendment, which would have settled its managerial policies in resistance to ingested marijuana as a safe way of use for medical marijuana treatment. In fact almost any medical marijuana clinic provides edible products of medical marijuana for patients with medical marijuana cards.
Marijuana support groups are joyous about the new stance of the AMA and the extending change of attitude towards medical marijuana and everything related to it – medical marijuana doctors, medical marijuana clinics, etc. While federal administration still resists against the medical marijuana legalization, referring to the FDA consideration in objection to its secure use as medicine, popular belief persists to change in favor of further study and medical use of marijuana. Last year, the second largest doctor group, the American College of Physicians has uttered similar support for improved research and reassessment of medical marijuana. Also, the California Medical Association passed its own opinions that referred to marijuana criminalization as a “failed public health policy.”
The moods are changing towards frank research of the medical marijuana benefits. The attraction for further proof-based study by acknowledged medicinal organizations is a step in the proper direction on the way to legalizing medical marijuana for legal and safe medicinal purposes.