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California Medical Association Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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california medical association mariuanaToday, the California Medical Association (CMA) – representing more than 41,000 physician members statewide — announced its formal endorsement of the ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Consistent with the organization’s historic White Paper of 2011 (https://www.cmanet.org/news/detail?article=cma-urges-legalization-and-regulation-of) urging legalization and regulation of cannabis to allow for greater clinical research, oversight, accountability and quality control, CMA has endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act so:

  • First, the impacts of marijuana in California can be monitored, researched, tightly regulated and, where necessary, mitigated to protect the public health &
  • Second, improper diversion by non-symptomatic patients into California’s medical marijuana system can be reduced.

In addition, CMA does not as a matter of policy encourage the use of marijuana and discourages smoking.  But, ultimately, its members believe that the most effective way to protect the public health is to tightly control, track and regulate marijuana and to comprehensively research and educate the public on its health impacts, not through ineffective prohibition.

“The California Medical Association believes the Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a comprehensive and thoughtfully constructed measure that will allow state officials to better protect public health by clarifying the role of physicians, controlling and regulating marijuana use by responsible adults and keeping it out of the hands of children,” said Steven Larson, MD, MPH, President of California Medical Association.

“Medical marijuana should be strictly regulated like medicine to ensure safe and appropriate use by patients with legitimate health conditions and adult-use marijuana should be regulated like alcohol.  This measure – along with the recently-passed medical marijuana bills — will ensure the State of California does both – while keeping the public health and public interest as paramount concerns,” Larson continued.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a consensus measure based on recognized best practices and recommendations from engaged citizens and organizations representing local government, health and policy experts, environmental leaders, small farmers and business owners, worker representatives and social justice advocates.

It includes safeguards for children, workers, local governments and small businesses and strict anti-monopoly provisions and the toughest warning label and marketing-to-kids laws in the nation.

It provides hundreds of millions of dollars in annual funding — the highest level ever by any state in America — for youth drug prevention, education and treatment programs.  It also provides significant investment into local law enforcement and environmental and water protection programs.

It also closely adheres to the Lieutenant Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy and the new medical marijuana laws recently passed by a bipartisan majority of the Legislature and signed by Governor Brown (SB 643, AB 266 and AB 243).

Source: AUMA press release

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  • PhDScientist

    This is important news.

    For Cancer patients, for kids suffering from Seizures, and for so many others, safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death. Please call the whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President have Marijuana removed from Schedule 1. Ask everyone you know to call them too, and to keep calling until he does it.

    I’m a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research. The clinical evidence of the value of Marijuana as a life saving medicine is now so strong that the need to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 has become a moral imperative. Google Medical Marijuana testimonials. Google Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Testimonials.

    This weekend over 3,000 Americans died, in pain, of Cancer. Every single day, 1,500 Americans die of Cancer after suffering horribly. it. Every single minute another American dies of Cancer. Every American Cancer patient deserves the right to have safe, legal, and economical access to Medical Marijuana. Every single one.

    Americans who need Medical Marijuana shouldn’t be used as “Political Footballs” Please call the Whitehouse comment line at (202) 456-1111 and ask that the President take immediate action to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 so American Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it.

    Oncologists have know it for more than a quarter of a Century that Marijuana is a “wonder drug” for helping Cancer patients
    .
    The American Society of Clinical Oncologists wants Marijuana removed from Schedule 1. So does the American Medical Association, the professional society of all Physicians. A strong majority of Americans want Physicians in all 50 states to be able to prescribe Medical Marijuana. So do their Physicians., Cancer patients can’t wait.

    The need to immediately, completely, legalize Marijuana throughout the world is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time, because of its medical benefits and because of the damage prohibition causes to America and to the world.

    Complete legalization is critical — its vital that there aren’t “strings” or “hoops” that Cancer patients and others who need Medical Marijuana are forced to jump through
    .
    “Charlottes web” is NOT the solution. Cancer patients and people who suffer from chronic pain need THC, not just CBD. The “Berkeley study”, where 96% of stage 4 Cancer patients who had a wide variety of Cancers achieved remission, used high dose Medical Marijuana oil, 72% THC, 28% CBD, 1 gram/day (oral) over a 90 day course of treatment. It was a small study, and not placebo controlled, but those kinds of results are clearly remarkable, have been widely reported on in the press, and demand the need for immediate large scale clinical trials.

    More and more present and former members of law enforcement agree about the need to end prohibition, and have formed a rapidly expanding group of current and former undercover cops, FBI, DEA, prosecutors and Judges, from all over the world, called

    LEAP — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

    because they’ve seen the damage prohibition causes to America and the world.

    See http://www.leap.cc/

    I’m a Scientist. Not a politician, not a cop.

    But as a Scientist with a strong interest in Cancer research, I feel even more strongly about the need to ensure that no Cancer patient is denied it, because I’m so impressed with its benefits for Cancer patients.

    I urge everyone reading this to PLEASE call and email the Attorney General, the press, Congress and the President today.

    Medical Marijuana helps with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Cancer, seizures, PTSD and chronic pain, and has helped many Americans, including many veterans, stop using Alcohol, and hard drugs, both legal and illegal ones.

    Every minute an American dies of Cancer.

    Every 19 minutes an American dies of a prescription drug overdose.

    Many vets become addicted to prescription opiates and die from them.

    NOBODY has ever died from smoking too much pot.

    Cancer patients are seeing remarkable results using high dose Medical Marijuana oil, in many cases achieving complete remission, even for stage 4 cancers — there are many excellent articles on the web, and videos on youtube with patient’s personal stories about their experiences with it — and every Cancer patient that uses Marijuana to ease their suffering benefits greatly from doing so.

    It is immoral to leave Marijuana illegal, for anyone, for even a second longer.

    For Cancer patients, its a matter of life and death.

    Cancer patients can’t wait.

    Medical Marijuana has an unmatched safety profile, and for people who suffer from so many diseases, of so many kinds, its a medical miracle — and the scientific evidence behind it is rock solid.

    For Cancer patients, Medical Marijuana encourages apoptosis and autophagy of Cancer cells, while leaving normal cells untouched, is anti-angigogenic, anti-proliferative, and is anti-angiogenic.

    Its also synergistic with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, making both more effective.
    For many Cancer patients its meant the difference between life and death.

    For everyone else, its a far safer alternative to Alcohol, and infinitely safer than Cigarettes.

    Either take them off the market too, or legalize Marijuana right now.

  • PhDScientist

    The need to IMMEDIATELY legalize Marijuana, world-wide, has reached the level of an urgent moral imperative.
    It is IMMORAL to leave Marijuana illegal for even one second longer.
    It is one of the most important MORAL issues of our time.

  • disqus_6T5EKmNdYe

    I am a medical marijuana patient with glaucoma and my ophthalmologist advises that marijuana is efficacious for glaucoma.

    Under current rules I can home grow up to 12 immature or 6 mature plants and that is per person not per household. I am retired on fixed income and can’t be paying high store prices.

    I also have concerns with THC testing of drivers. Will I test positive the following day even though I’m not high? Who has or will calibrate the degree of impairment? Interested to see tests on driving a slalom course next day or even with varying degrees of high. I bet that won’t happen and that police will just use some simple but totally inaccurate blood test.

    Looks like I’ll be better off without legalization and will VOTE NO.

    • PhDScientist

      See if you can get into clinical trials of THC eye drops. Using it topically will enable you to reduce your eye pressure more effectively.

    • Miles Monroe

      California doesn’t have a “per se” DUI-D law, like other states, and AUMA doesn’t change that; they still have to prove impairment, regardless of how your blood test comes back.

  • Kajira M

    While it’s important to have these organizations backing initiatives, what impact will it have for those of us living in and surrounded by cities who have engaged in the banapalooza? Every city around me, including the one I live in has rushed to ban cannabis because of the recent laws passed by Brown.

    Like many other patients, I rely on a dispensary to provide medicine. The bans are only serving to grow the black market and have the opposite effect that cities desire. My city is trying to come out of bankruptcy and still won’t allow the ‘evil reefer’ in.

  • PhDScientist

    The bottom line is that Marijuana is, in the words of Dr. Sanjay Gupta “not only good medicine, its often the only medicine that works”, and when used socially by adults, is a far better and safer alternative to Alcohol.
    People working to change Marijuana laws have the truth on their side.
    People who are trying to hold back progress on this incredibly important issue are doomed to fail, because the truth always wins in the end.

  • PhDScientist

    This is incredibly important. Medical Marijuana is a “Wonder Drug” and a “Gift from God” for a wide variety of Medical Conditions.
    It’s incredibly important and urgent that every Cancer Patient in the world who wants to use it have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.
    It is a true “Wonder Drug” for the horrors of Chemotherapy, for restoring Cancer Patient’s appetite for food and for life itself, and in many cases, its they only anti-depressant that works for them and gives them back the energy, will and desire to fight for their lives.
    Attitude influences outcomes.
    Medical Marijuana Saves Lives.
    Google Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Testimonials.

  • skoallio

    Lets see how long this endorsement lasts before they flip flop. Kevin Sabet wont be happy.

    • Superstorm250

      Awww your butt buddy is upset that the CMA is getting on the right side of history and not pushing his BS prohibitionist propaganda anymore? The CMA won’t flip flop on this endorsement, more and more well known and respected coalitions like the CMA are waking up and realizing that marijuana prohibition has failed, and what the 4 legal states are doing is a better approach.

  • finishhand

    “Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) – representing more than 41,000 physician members statewide — announced its formal endorsement of the ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act.” Unless I’m mistaken, as often the case, is AUMA still an initiative not yet on the ballot? Picking nits? Anyways the endorsement in a credible achievement given the weight of 41,000 members of the medical community. Is it beyond hope that the California District Attorneys Association along with The League of Cities and Police Chiefs get on board? For unless they do, where I live there are total bans. Complete, right down to home cultivation for medical patients. Because of the recommendations by staff that were influenced by LOC and CPCA, the city council, like the majority of cities in Ca., have followed suit and banned. Sciency words aint gonna get through to muni’s that fund themselves through prohibition. My city PD bought a third Helio with drug forfeiture cash. Cold turkey is not what they will settle for.Council members will break out in tongues, and on cue pre selected audience members will swoon vapers.