AMA question marijuana’s federal classification of as a deadly, addictive drug with no medical use.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — At the November American Medical Association conference the AMA reversed it's position on marijuana as a schedule I drug and urges 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.” This is a reversal of the AMA position, which has equated marijuana in the same class as heroin.
The AMA now appears to be ready to join other medical organization such as American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, and others in questioning the federal classification as a deadly addictive drug with no accepted medical use. Ohio classifies marijuana similarly.
The American College of Physicians, a large organization representing internal medicine doctors, made a similar statement as the AMA. The ACP "supports programs and funding for rigorous scientific evaluation of the potential therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana and the publication of such findings”.