12 November, 2009

Excellent Idea

Looks like the AMA's got its head on pretty straight (h/t):
The American Medical Assn. on Tuesday urged the federal government to reconsider its classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use, a significant shift that puts the prestigious group behind calls for more research.

The nation's largest physicians organization, with about 250,000 member doctors, the AMA has maintained since 1997 that marijuana should remain a Schedule I controlled substance, the most restrictive category, which also includes heroin and LSD.

In changing its policy, the group said its goal was to clear the way to conduct clinical research, develop cannabis-based medicines and devise alternative ways to deliver the drug.
Good on them. Marijuana deserves to be a Schedule I controlled substance just about as much as I deserve to win a Strongman competition (those in doubt, see photo in sidebar).  And for those, like me, who utterly cannot stand the smell, an alternate method of delivery would be a supremely awesome idea in case we should ever need to ingest it medically.

Let's hope the Powers that Be know a good idea when the AMA slaps them with it.

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