California’s largest doctor group has called for legalization of marijuana. Despite its remaining uncertainty over marijuana’s medical benefits, the Trustees of the California Medical Association (representing more than 35,000 physicians statewide) adopted the policy last week and called for marijuana to be regulated in the same fashion as alcohol.
The policy is the result of growing frustration in doctors being asked to prescribe a drug that is still technically illegal. While the group refused to endorse the medical claims of pot legalization advocates, it did agree that the continued criminalization of pot was counterproductive. It is a very significant ally for advocates in their continuing campaign for legalization. What is notable is that this prestigious group views pot as no more harmful or warranting criminalization than alcohol.
John Lovell, spokesman for the California Police Chiefs Assn. as saying “I wonder what they’re smoking” given “the physiological impacts of marijuana — how it affects young brains, the number of accidents associated with driving under the influence — it’s just an unbelievably irresponsible position.”
They clearly did not watch this earlier study below:
Source: LA Times