Who Could be in Favor of Medical Marijuana?
... More on that in a minute, but who else? Can you name even one legitimate, professional, scientifically credible group in favor of pot for people with painful prognoses?
Here are just a few of the wacko ones:
The AIDS Action Council, the Alaska Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Association, the American Preventive Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the California Academy of Family Physicians, the California Medical Association, the California Pharmacists Association, the Connecticut Nurses Association, Cure AIDS Now, the Florida Medical Association, the Los Angeles County AIDS Commission, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the National Association for Public Health Policy, the National Association of People with AIDS, the National Nurses Society on Addictions, the New England Journal of Medicine, the New Mexico Medical Society, Physicians for Social Responsiblity, the San Francisco Medical Society, the Virginia Nurses Society on Addictions, the Wisconsin Public Health Association, and state nurses associations in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to the medical marijuana education and advocacy group Patients Out of Time.
The most recent addition to that list was the American College of Physicians (ACP), which adopted a resolution called for rescheduling of marijuana and an expansion of research into its medical efficacy in February. With 124,000 members, the ACP is the country's second largest physician group, second only to the AMA. (The AMA still isn't inhaling.)
Oh, and those rowdy students? "The Medical Student Section (MSS) of the American Medical Association (AMA) overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution urging the AMA to support the reclassification of marijuana for medical use at the AMA's annual conference in Chicago earlier this month. The resolution will now go before the AMA House of Delegates for a final vote at its interim meeting in November."
Read the whole article from which these excerpts were 'cerpted here.
Remember my awed commentary on how much attention the Wall Street Journal (my favorite newspaper in its pre-Murdock days) paid to the Weed. "For some reason (maybe the Angel Raich story) I've seen a lot of stuff on the Net about marijuana lately, but to have such a flurry in the Wall Street Journal is downright weird. Must be that changing demographics thang. Makes you wonder if when most of the people in Congress are baby boomers the pot prohibition will be repealed."
I guess when all those new, young docs start doing the Bill Frist boogie, running for office, another SeniorJunior prediction will come true.