Health — 29 November 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Polls may show that a majority of Americans now favor the legalization of marijuana, but the American Medical Association – the nation’s largest medical group – still considers cannabis a “dangerous drug” that should not be legalized for either recreational or medical use.

The AMA’s House of Delegates voted this week not to adopt an amendment proposed by a delegation from California that would have taken a “neutral stance” on the legalization of marijuana. It also voted against a proposal to support the sale of marijuana in states where it is already legal.

The House of Delegates is the main policy-making body of the AMA.

“The AMA today reiterated the widely held scientific view that marijuana is dangerous and should not be legalized,” said Stuart Gitlow, MD, Chair-Elect of the AMA Council on Science and Health and President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

“We can only hope that the public will listen to science – not ‘Big Marijuana’ interests who stand to gain millions of dollars from increased addiction rates.”

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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