Medical Marijuana Endorsements and Statements of Support

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Leading National and International Medical, Religious, and Legal Organizations Supporting Physician-Supervised Access to Medical Marijuana:

  • The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • The American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • The American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Arthritis Research Campaign
  • British Medical Association
  • HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • The Lymphoma Foundation of America (LFA)
  • The National Association for Public Health Policy
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • National Black Police Association
  • The National Nurses Society on Addictions
  • The Episcopal Church
  • The Presbyterian Church USA
  • The United Church of Christ
  • The United Methodist Church's Board of Church and Society
  • The Union of Reform Judaism
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association

State/Local Medical Marijuana Endorsements and Statements of Support:

  • AIDS Care Ocean State
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • AIDS Project Rhode Island
  • Alaska Nurses Association
  • Associated Medical Schools of New York
  • California Academy of Family Physicians
  • California Legislative Council for Older Americans
  • California Medical Association
  • California Nurses Association
  • California Pharmacists Association
  • Florida Medial Association
  • Hawaii Nurses Association
  • Iowa Democratic Party
  • King County Bar Association (Washington)
  • The Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Michigan Democratic Party
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Minnesota Public Health Association
  • Minnesota AIDS Project
  • Minnesota Senior Federation
  • Mississippi Nurses Association
  • Multiple Sclerosis California Action Network
  • New Jersey State Nurses Association
  • New Mexico Medical Society
  • New York AIDS Advisory Council
  • New York AIDS Coalition
  • New York County Medical Society
  • New York State AIDS Advisory Council
  • New York State Hospice and Palliative Care Association
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York Statewide Senior Action Council
  • North Carolina Nurses Association
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility (Oregon)
  • Rhode Island ACLU
  • Rhode Island Medical Society
  • Rhode Island State Nurses Association
  • San Francisco Medical Society
  • Senior Agenda Coalition (Rhode Island)
  • Texas Democratic Party
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Nurses Association
  • United Nurses and Allied Professionals (Rhode Island)
  • Virginia Nurses Association
  • Whitman–Walker Clinic
  • Wisconsin Nurses Association
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association

Selected Quotes from Endorsements and Statements of Support:

  • "[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997
  • "[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001
  • "Based on much evidence, from patients and doctors alike, on the superior effectiveness and safety of whole cannabis (marijuana) compared to other medicines for many patients — suffering from the nausea associated with chemotherapy, the wasting syndrome of AIDS, and the symptoms of other illnesses … we hereby petition the Executive Branch and the Congress to facilitate and expedite the research necessary to determine whether this substance should be licensed for medical use by seriously ill persons." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1995
  • "[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998
  • "Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003
  • "The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995
  • "[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995
  • "When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003
  • "[The LFA] urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need … [and] urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants." — Lymphoma Foundation of America, January 20, 1997
  • "The American Medical Student Association strongly urges the United States Government … to reschedule marijuana to Schedule II of the Controlled Substance Act, and … end the medical prohibition against marijuana." — American Medical Students Association, March 1993
  • "[T]he use of marijuana may be appropriate when prescribed by a licensed physician solely for use in alleviating pain and nausea in patients who have been diagnosed as chronically ill with life threatening disease, when all other treatments have failed; …" — The Medical Society of the State of New York, May 4, 2004
  • "[T]here is sufficient evidence for us to support any physician-patient relationship that believes the use of marijuana will be beneficial to the patient." — Rhode Island Medical Society, 2004
  • " [The] CMA continue[s] to support scientifically rigorous research, including all FDA-approved Phase II and Phase III clinical trials and examine the current science concerning the therapeutic role of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals" — California Medical Association, October 30, 2006
  • "[The] CMA continue[s] to support the ability of physicians to discuss and make recommendations concerning the potential benefits or harm to the patient of smoked herbal cannabis consistent with state and federal law and oppose criminal prosecution of patients who possess or use smoked herbal cannabis for medical reasons upon the recommendation of a physician" — California Medical Association, October 30, 2006
  • "The SFMS takes a support position on the California Medical Marijuana Initiative [legalizing medical marijuana]." — San Francisco Medical Society, August 1996
  • "Present evidence indicates that [cannabinoids] are remarkably safe drugs, with a side-effects profile superior to many drugs used for the same indications…" — British Medical Association, November 1997
  • "[We] support pharmacy participation in the legal distribution of medical marijuana." — California Pharmacists Association, May 26, 1997
  • "We think people who use cannabis to relieve the pain of arthritis should be able to do so." — Arthritis Research Campaign, October 23, 2001
  • "The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by illnesses like multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day." — Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, M.D., "Myths About Medical Marijuana," Providence Journal, March 26, 2004
  • "We must make sure that the casualties of the war on drugs are not suffering patients who legitimately deserve relief." — Scott Fishman, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, February 2006
  • "It [medical marijuana] should be an option for patients who have it recommended by knowledgeable physicians." — Dr. Jesse L. Steinfeld, former U.S. Surgeon General, July 2003
  • "Whitman-Walker Clinic supports the valid use of marijuana, under a physician's supervision, to help alleviate AIDS wasting syndrome and nausea associated with treatment regimes." — Whitman-Walker Clinic, April 1998
  • "[I]t cannot seriously be contested that there exists a small but significant class of individuals who suffer from painful chronic, degenerative, and terminal conditions, for whom marijuana provides uniquely effective relief." — HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America; American Medical Students Association; Lymphoma Foundation of America; Dr. Barbara Roberts; and Irvin Rosenfeld, Amicus Curiae brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court (in the case of Gonzales v. Raich), October 2004
  • "Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known … The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance." — Francis L. Young, DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge, 1988
  • "I consider the most important recommendation made by the IOM (Institute of Medicine) panel [to be] that physicians be able to prescribe marijuana to individual patients with debilitating or terminal conditions … I believe such compassionate use is justified." — Andrew Weil, M.D., July 1999
  • "Cannabinoids and THC also have strong pain-killing powers, which is one reason medical marijuana should be readily available to people with cancer and other debilitating diseases." — Dean Edell, M.D., March 2, 2000
  • "I'm an oncologist as well as an AIDS doctor, and I don't think that a drug that creates euphoria in patients with terminal diseases is having an adverse effect." — Dr. Donald Abrams, 2005
  • "Cannabis will one day be seen as a wonder drug, as was penicillin in the 1940s. Like penicillin, herbal marijuana is remarkably nontoxic, has a wide range of therapeutic applications and would be quite inexpensive if it were legal." — Dr. Lester Grinspoon, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2006
  • "In states where patients are permitted to use marijuana medicinally for serious and/or chronic illnesses and a patient's physician has recommended its use in accordance with that state law and that state's medical practice standards, the patient should not be subject to federal criminal penalties for such medical use." — HIV Medicine Association, October 30, 2006
  • "Well-designed and scientifically rigorous research, including all FDA-approved Phase II and Phase III clinical trials that lead to investigation into the potential therapeutic role and commercial licensure of prescription marijuana should be encouraged, and that production facilities that meet all regulatory requirements should be licensed by the DEA to produce pharmaceutical-grade marijuana for use exclusively in federally approved research." — HIV Medicine Association, October 30, 2006
  • "Not everybody needs marijuana for medical illness. But for those who really do, it's very helpful. As more and more states are taking medical marijuana — New Mexico just did it the other day — eventually it will just be overwhelming. And it will happen. But I'm shocked that it's taken this long." — Dr. Thomas Ungerleider, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at UCLA and member of President Nixon's National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, "3rd Degree," interview, LA City Beat, March 29, 2007
  • The United Methodist Church's Board of Church and Society has said, "Licensed medical doctors should not be punished for recommending the medical use of marijuana to seriously ill people, and seriously ill people should not be subject to sanctions for using marijuana if the patient's physician has told the patient that such use is likely to be beneficial."
  • The Presbyterian Church supports "the use of cannabis sativa or marijuana for legitimate medical purposes as recommended by a physician."
  • The Episcopal Church urges "the adoption by Congress and all states of statutes providing that the use of marijuana be permitted when deemed medically appropriate by duly licensed medical practitioners."
  • The United Church of Christ has stated, "We believe that seriously ill people should not be subject to arrest and imprisonment for using medical marijuana with their doctors' approval."
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association issued a resolution in support of ending "the practice of punishing an individual for obtaining, possessing, or using an otherwise illegal substance to treat a medical condition."
  • The Union of Reform Judaism passed a resolution to "advocate for the necessary changes in local, state and federal law to permit the medicinal use of marijuana and ensure its accessibility for that purpose."
 

 

 

 



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