Top doctors form group to back cannabis legalization

A group of heavyweights from the medical profession have teamed up to support the legalization of marijuana in the interests of public health, giving the cannabis industry a potentially important ally.

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation announced its launch last week, saying it is the first such organization to advocate for the legalization and regulation of cannabis for adult use. The group of more than 50 physicians includes former U.S. surgeon general Jocelyn Elders and faculty members at some of the country’s top medical schools.

“The medical profession should join with the public to design a safe and effective public health approach to legalizing marijuana use,” David Lewis, founder of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, said in a statement.

In 2011, the California Medical Association, which represents about 40,000 physicians, became the first doctors group to come out in favor of the marijuana legalization, the Washington Post reported.

“We want to build a group of physicians who are going to be out in the public making the case for marijuana legalization to physicians, medical associations and the public at large,” David Nathan, the new group’s founder and associate professor at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, told the Post.



4 comments on “Top doctors form group to back cannabis legalization
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Great little news update, Marijuana Business Daily. Thanks! The name of this new group says it all: “Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.” If doctors are finally joining together to lobby for the RE-legalization of these miraculous plants, which would certainly result before long in relief for patients in pain as well as substantial economic growth everywhere, they—of all people—must stop using the deceptive legal term “marihuana.” That non-scientific Spanish slang word (a simplistic label for complicated female cannabis flowers) has been foisted upon the American public for 80 years by woefully biased federal bureaucrats and lawmakers—the same morons who still see no problem spelling it that way in our actual laws. Excepting such fine outlets as yours, the media have utterly failed that whole time to counteract the vast federal-state-local apparatus of anti-“marihuana” tyranny.

  2. A. Flower on

    In the Beginning, GOD blessed it, with intent to distribute, and it was good. Government should not mess with what GOD blessed.
    Put the law’ed to the test- make them pee everyday in a cup.

  3. Socrates Smith on

    I would consider the most important thing to know now about our industry is that mainstream doctors are beginning to see the light and are accepting cannabis as an integral part of their patients’ treatment plans. And as long as we’re able to continue the conversation with them about cannabis as medicine and receive their support for legalization for adults Congress will take notice.


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