California Medical Association Says Pot Prohibition Is A “Failed Public Health Policy”

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 19, 2009

    [Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from this week’s NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML’s media advisories delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for NORML’s free e-zine here.]

    Members of the California Medical Association’s (CMA) House of Delegates have endorsed a resolution stating that the criminal prohibition of marijuana is a “failed public health policy.”

    As enacted, Resolution 704a-09, the “Criminalization of Marijuana” states: “[The] CMA considers the criminalization of marijuana to be a failed public health policy, … and encourage[s] … debate and education regarding the health aspects of changing current policy regarding cannabis use.”

    The California Medical Association has more than 35,000 members statewide.

    The newly adopted resolution coincides with the scheduling of legislative hearings regarding Assembly Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act, which seeks to tax and regulate the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to those age 21 or older.

    The California Assembly Committee on Public Safety is anticipated to vote on AB 390 by late January.

    Last week, the American Medical Association resolved that “marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines.” The organization had previously called for cannabis to be “retained in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act,” a legal classification that defines the substance and its natural compounds as possessing “no currently accepted use in treatment in the United States.”

    45 responses to “California Medical Association Says Pot Prohibition Is A “Failed Public Health Policy””

    1. mr.nice guy says:

      People it’s been to long, we know whats right. we all need to stand together we can do this “we” being key word. let that loud ass American voice we have be heard!!!

    2. bobreaze says:

      Great news the tides have changed marijuana regulation is on the way in. Marijuana prohibition is on the way out i only fear what kind of mischief the DEA will get into once they can no longer persue cannabis consumers.

    3. Matt Buompensiero says:

      Prohibition is the real health and safety hazard.

      You can associate the War On Weed with virtually every aspect of our society’s degradation:

      1) Wasted finance, manpower and resources
      2) Stereotypes, racism and prejudice
      3) A prison industry drunk with power
      4) Invasion of privacy
      5) Fighting a perpetual, losing war decreases morale amongst the soldiers.
      6) Lying viewed as acceptable
      7) Clear violations of Amendments 2,4,8, and 10 are continually being hashed out by prohibitionists in the name of public safety

      Prohibitionists have for far too long instilled a suspicious, elitist, and utterly hypocritical attitude in the minds of weak-willed individuals.

      I am truly encouraged by the CMA’s view.

    4. Motley says:

      Is this a major thing like the AMA or a smaller thing? I don’t know. It sounds good, though.

    5. REBEL WITH A CAUSE says:


      Let the conservatives “have at it” with the liberals. Let the religious and the seculars “go for each other’s throat.” Let the freedom fighter and the prohibitionist/obstructionist “annihilate each other.” Let everyone fight their own battle, by protecting ther own rights.

      As for the war on cannabis…I am a red blooded American Genesist, and Manna is my Holy Sacrament for CDXX Communion. If justice and law enforcement want to test that…we welcome the challenge. As John Wayne said…”Fill your hand you son of a bitch!” Your compelling governmental interest does not include religious, or medicinal use. Just take your little act down the road! What road you say? I don’t know! There are 3141 Genesist Colonies in the Continental United States…that’s every county in the U.S. No matter where you go…you’ll be among a thunderhead of Genesists…in each and every county. Now! that’s our compelling religious interests…and…we will accept nothing less than victory.

      The new buzz word is…”At the end of day.” Every Tom, Dick, and talking head quotes it as if it were going to make a significant difference…”At the end of the day.” The only significant difference will be an increase of Genesists…”At the end of the day.” If prohobotionists/obstructionists are not already experiencing the overwhelming mandate of the people…they will. We are, with due diligence, looking for a bucket of hot tar, and twelve chickens.

    6. BlazeIt says:

      And the walls continue to crumble!

    7. Deff Shepard says:

      Tell us something we don’t know.

      haha but this is awesome news!!!

    8. twisted says:

      its great to see this and its another good step BUT, does this mean that they want to make it legal only for them to make medicines and not legalize for personal use. obviously it makes no sense to be ok to use as a medicine and not recreational use but the govt. has done a lot of things that dont make sense so i just hope that they will be on our side saying it should be legal all around and not just for medicine

    9. a helping hand says:

      It’s coming 🙂

    10. Tony says:

      Bringing down this lie one pillar at a time. Eventually the whole structure is gonna crumble under it’s own weight.

      The truth is a powerful thing.