The federal government last week warned medical marijuana dispensaries to shut down or face consequences and now those dispensaries have received the support of a powerful group, the California Medical Association.
Members of the association believe that marijuana must be legalized and regulated so they can study and test the effects marijuana has on the body in patients most in need.
Speaking about the groups decision CMA president-elect Dr. James T. Hay announced:
“This was a carefully considered, deliberative decision made exclusively on medical and scientific grounds. As physicians, we need to have a better understanding about the benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis so that we can provide the best care possible to our patients.”
Dr. Hay says that while his organization is the first to take such a stance “it won’t be the last” as other states lawmakers begin to realize the positive effects marijuana can have on medicine.
The California Medical Association represents the largest group of doctors in the state and the measure was passed unanimously by association leaders.
According to the group it’s impossible under current policies to fully understand the effects of marijuana on the body since better research can not be conducted when Marijuana is classified as a Class 1 drug. As the organization has pointed out, marijuana is currently decriminalized but it is not legal on a federal level, leaving many physicians to stray away from in-depth research.