Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top Doctors who Endorse the Use of Medical Marijuana

The science behind the medical effectiveness of marijuana is substantial.(Source) Marijuana has had more clinical trials to prove the benefits then most FDA approved pharmaceutical drugs.(Source) Top doctors in the United States are endorsing the use of medical marijuana to be legalized and studied further.

Within the last five years three top profile doctors have changed their mind to become pro-legalization of marijuana. Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduced the documentary Weed on CNN to show the benefits of the medicinal use. On Larry King Now Dr. Mehmet Oz said “I think that most of us have come around to the belief that marijuana is hugely beneficial when used correctly for medicinal purposes.” ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser said “Marijuana is less likely to be addictive, it’s less likely to cause car accidents and birth defects, it’s less likely to cause domestic violence.”(Source)

The new U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has recently endorsed marijuana for medical use. He is urging for the justice department to reclassify the medicine from a schedule 1 drug. In a recent interview Murthy said "We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, marijuana can be helpful."(Source) His endorsement has led to two bills in Congress to change marijuana classification.(Source)

Doctor organizations have endorsed the use of medical marijuana. In 2008 the American College of Physicians (ACP) with 124,000 internal medicine doctors endorsed the effectiveness of cannabis.(Source) Just recently the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its view to endorse marijuana for medical use.(Source) Over 60 doctors associations have publicly endorsed the use of marijuana including; American Academy of Family Physicians, American Nurses Association and Kaiser Permanente.(Source)


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