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In a landmark reversal, the American Medical Association urged the federal government to review marijuana’s schedule classification from a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medicinal value, so that further ‘development of cannabinoid-based medicines’ can be achieved.
Since 1970, the only government-based research in the country was in the University of Mississippi, where medical marijuana has been grown and distributed, but with little research and control. With the AMA requesting marijuana be reclassified so that medicine can further the advancements of medical marijuana research and help determine the efficacy of medical cannabis for all it’s potential.Read More
I started doing recommendations for the medical use of cannabis in the spring of 2000. I have noticed a real thawing on the attitude of physicians. I have at least 80 physicians in Southern Santa Barbara county refer one of more of their patients to me to evaluate them for recommendations for the medical use of cannabis under the terms of proposition 215. I have also found that physicians have become more and more curious about how this stuff works. Americans for Safe Access, about two years ago, asked me to speak to Kaiser Hospital in San Jose because somebody contacted them and would like to have a doctor come in and talk to us about this (medical cannabis). And the physicians listened to that with at least some respect and some with great interest. There were some people that didn’t agree. I think part of that is the way we marginalize herbal medicine as I discussed earlier. We have looked at manufactured medicines as being easier to characterize and easier to understand. But what we tend to forget as physicians I think, is that we have evolved with the plants and that manufactured pharmaceuticals contain structures that aren’t found in nature and are more difficult for the body to metabolize than structures that are found in nature.Read More