American Medical Association changes policy on marijuana, ski towns smile

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 11, 2009 6:26 am

Another step has been made in the evolution of marijuana reform. The American Medical Association, the largest organization of physicians at about 250,000 strong, is now urging the federal government to reconsider marijuana being classified a Schedule I controlled substance.

Other Schedule I controlled substances include heroin and LSD—amongst the most dangerous drugs out there. By altering this classifiaction, the AMA is saying they would like to conduct more research into the possibilities of medical benefits from cannabis. They’re being careful in their statements though: “This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product.” They simply want more research to be done. But, this step is a big one in the minds of marijuana reform activists, like Bruce Mirken, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project: “They’re clearly taking an open-minded stance and acknowledging that the evidence warrants a review. That is very big. It’s not surprising that they are moving cautiously and one step at a time, but this is still a very significant change.”

The Federal government has yet to respond with anything other than: “At this point, it’s still a Schedule I drug, and we’re going to treat it as such.”(Dawn Dearden, DEA). Although any major reform will clearly take much time, this is definitely a step in a new direction. Breckenridge, Crested Butte, and other ski towns must be smiling...


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