AMA Calls For Ending The "Schedule I Lie"

The Schedule I federal classification of cannabis — which states that, by law, the marijuana plant and its natural compounds have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” — has long since passed the point of farcical. Nevertheless, defenders of the so-called “Schedule I lie” have possessed, for nearly 30 years, one prestigious ally that they could always rely on to endorse their absurd position: the American Medical Association.
Not anymore!
Today the AMA voted to reverse its longstanding endorsement of cannabis’ Schedule I prohibitive status. The vote took place during the organization’s annual Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates in Houston, Texas, and marks the first time that the AMA has revisited its position on cannabis in eight years.
As newly amended, the AMA’s official position (see specifically pages 12, 13, and 14) regarding the medical use of cannabis no longer “recommends that marijuana be retained in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.” Rather, the Association now resolves “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 AMA also today demolished long-held pot prohibitionist claim — frequently publicized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and others — that “no sound scientific studies have supported medical use of smoked marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data support the safety or efficacy of smoked marijuana for general medical use.” To the contrary, the AMA has adopted a report drafted by its Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) entitled, “Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes,” which states, “Results of short term controlled trials indicate that smoked cannabis reduces neuropathic pain, improves appetite and caloric intake especially in patients with reduced muscle mass, and may relieve spasticity and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis.”
Now that the AMA has finally acknowledged reality, is anyone else wondering if David Evans (or the DEA) will finally update their talking points?

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  1. WHEN IT COMES TO MY PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH
    “I do what my doctor tells me to do,” [not] some congressman, pharmabeast, or prohibitionist…and…
    “my doctor says”…cannabis [has] medical utility, and [low or no] probobility of abuse. Neither is cannabis “addictive,” nor is it a “gateway drug,” and should [not] be a schedule I substance. If we rely on science for factual truth, over 17,000 studies refutes the outrageous claims government makes, as evidenced by two different studies commissioned by government
    …both “endorsing” cannabis. The bottom line is…”I’m going to do what my doctor tells me to do!”
    SO FAR…SO GOOD!
    On the bright side, government [seems to be] keeping its word…and…I give credit where credit is due. I honor the American Policy, and its Federal Guidelines.

  2. 91 Matterofliberty
    If what you have said is true, and only if you claim or declare yourself to be one, your are a Christian Genesist. The Genesist Faith is a Faith within any monotheistic religon. Now you can claim religious use. You might want to check out the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
    God Bless you,
    Manford Mantis

  3. I hope that all you lucky people with prescriptions get to enjoy this plant that grows from the earth. Meanwhile, I guess people like me will rot and die, because our lives were destroyed for growing a plant. And will continue another 70 years of money money money mentality. I mean really?? Come on look around everyone. Turn on a television will ya. Crime is spiraling out of control. And they keep adding more police but yet crime grows. I don`t want to wait till I`m 110 to enjoy the freedom of growing a plant and harvesting it in my backyard, which I pay taxes on to pay the wages of these hypocrites. This is no longer an issue of is marijuana safe or not. This is a public safety issue. And Hiring more cops to search for plants while real criminals run free and drunk in the streets won`t solve anything. So enjoy your medical marijuana B.S. for now. Enjoy knowing you are giving money to the enemy every time you legally get prescribed marijuana. But be forewarned, alcohol is traveling at light speed back to prohibition. And as long as I can`t grow a plant in my back yard I will make it my life’s ambition to keep the promise of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Enough is enough……………If marijuana is going to remain illegal, except for “medical” reasons….. alcohol should be illegal too, except for medical reasons. It is of course the #1 cause of death and injury of all children under age 18. Shouldn`t that be enough? Or should we let another generation of children get molested, beaten and ran over by drunks? What are we as Americans????? Sober-or-free no more hypocrites!!!!!

  4. I hope that all you lucky people with prescriptions get to enjoy this plant that grows from the earth. Meanwhile, I guess people like me will rot and die, because our lives were destroyed for growing a plant. And will continue another 70 years of money money money mentality. I mean really?? Come on look around everyone. Turn on a television will ya. Crime is spiraling out of control. And they keep adding more police but yet crime grows. I don`t want to wait till I`m 110 to enjoy the freedom of growing a plant and harvesting it in my backyard, which I pay taxes on to pay the wages of these hypocrites. This is no longer an issue of is marijuana safe or not. This is a public safety issue. And Hiring more cops to search for plants while real criminals run free and drunk in the streets won`t solve anything. So enjoy your medical marijuana B.S. for now. Enjoy knowing you are giving money to the enemy every time you legally get prescribed marijuana. But be forewarned, alcohol is traveling at light speed back to prohibition. And as long as I can`t grow a plant in my back yard I will make it my life’s ambition to keep the promise of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Enough is enough……………If marijuana is going to remain illegal, except for “medical” reasons….. alcohol should be illegal too, except for medical reasons. It is of course the #1 cause of death and injury of all children under age 18. Shouldn`t that be enough? Or should we let another generation of children get molested, beaten and ran over by drunks? What are we as Americans????? Sober-or-free no more hypocrites!!!!!

  5. MatterofLiberty comment #91 makes an excellent point. God gave believers all seed-bearing plants. This is, and always has been a crime by the government and it`s rich buddies……you know who you are alcohol producers, pharma , don`t forget the whole nylon rope conspiracy. And don`t be so quick to badmouth pot-dealers. They are no different than the evil liquid drug lords that sold alcohol before, during and after prohibition. Some of them put stupid things on the bottle like their 200+ year history.And how their great great great grandpa used to sell liquid-drugs to children too. Hypocrites are in control and as long as you throw money at them they will let you have your worthless prescriptions. Under the watchful eye of big pharma , of course. Its too late now. Too many lives destroyed. Too many victims of alcohol abuse. Too many drunk cops celebrating the destruction of someones family because they had 6 oz. of marijuana. I want to see the same punishment for drunks in possession of equal weight of liquid drugs. What bothers me most is that I can`t say the name of these liquid drug dealers. For some reason they can sue you for slander. But I saw a commercial on television that states that more kids under 18 are injured or killed by alcohol than any other reason. They showed cans of beer. The most popular beer in America………I smiled, now that`s progress.

  6. Even a cynic like myself who tends to believe that all government policy is run by the highest bidder is starting to have doubts about the continuation of prohibition. Without changing this bitter view, the case to end prohibition is starting to transcend the morality and common sense which have always been embedded into the argument, and has been backed for a while now by the almighty dollar. The profits made by pharmaceutical companies and private prisons is simply no match for the profits which stand to be made from the legalization of cannabis sativa, and much more importantly industrial hemp (which never should have been integrated into this issue). A bird in the hand has been worth two in the bush up until now, but the failing economy shows us that the bird in the hand is on life support while the hand is withering, and that the two in the bush have multiplied. Not so tunnel-visioned as to pray for a continued recession, still, the longer this floudering economy is starved for a new industry the more non-users will see just how much prohibition hurts them as well.

  7. Let’s be clear – the AMA certainly did not reverse itself. They simply indicated that a review of the current Schedule be accomplished such that adequate research can be conducted. State legislation has moved at a pace that is far ahead of where medical research is; the AMA’s report quite clearly demonstrates that there is no acceptable evidence for use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, given the state of changing laws across the country, it is reasonable to conduct appropriate research. It’s not that the AMA sees profit in this; it’s that the AMA believes the research will demonstrate that smoked marijuana does not belong in the medical category. It’s a drug of abuse, nothing more. That said, there may be COMPONENTS of the plant marijuana which are of potential medical value. And that’s another area where research will show truth versus hype.

  8. IT’S NOT FOR ME TO SAY…BUT…I’LL SAY IT ANYWAY.
    “NOW IS THE TIME!!! FOR SURE!!! NOW IS THE TIME!!!”
    Everyone has been chompin” at the bit, wantin’ to know if it’s time to raise our glasses, and draw our swords.
    WELL!!! “NOW IS THE TIME” to raise our glasses. Our imaginary glasses have been raised for some time. Now we must lay our imaginary swords on the flag we are about to raise, proudly wave, and salute.
    1 to 3
    SHIT
    OR GET OFF
    THE POT
    We must all be on the same page, with total concentration on the prize. We must spread the word. We, each and every one of us, must give a voice to our rights. The audiance will not be silenced any longer. We speak as one, and applaud our actions, and the results of our actions.

  9. yea, ill just be willin to bet that our government has advised the ama to start testing so they can make their plan in case of a possible legalization move. this way the feds are one step ahead and , can modify the herb they will be in control of…..i dont trust any of them….

  10. Most people still don’t give a rat’s ass what the AMA’s policy is and are going to grow, sell and consume cannabis regardless. They’ve known for decades about the lies, and only now have made the decision to turn around and get in front of the American people to give the impression that they are the leaders. It’s their sluggishness that has put profit over people and allowed other industrialized countries to have better health care systems and better harm reduction policies than the U.S. For example, I have at early age of 49 prostate cancer (it runs in my family) and can NOT get the drug to kill it from my doctor in the U.S. (much like cannabis) and I can NOT get minimally invasive high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in the U.S. and my health insurance won’t pay for it because the FDA doesn’t have a medical code for them in the U.S. so they simply DO NOT exist in their little world. However, in the REAL WORLD these things DO exist, and they ARE EFFECTIVE and PROVEN SUCCESSFUL in other countries. It’s just that my doctor also won’t get an INCENTIVE of $100 or the going rate for every 6 prescriptions or so he write for recommending cannabis or some other drug that I would have to travel to Europe to get. The specialist can’t make any money off me by performing unnecessary surgery if he refers me to a hospital in Europe for the HIFU that is APPROVED there but not in the U.S. because the company that makes the robotic surgery machines has successfully lobbied against HIFU and gotten the government to give them market. HIFU can be used for breast cancer and many other kinds of cancer instead of surgery, as can effective anti-cancer drugs you can’t get in the U.S. and cannabis helps with the side effects of an array of things to alleviate things for people with cancer.
    Prohibitionists suck! They are all in the pocket of big pharma and the medical industry lobbyists. Whores of Babylon, all of them!

  11. All i can say is, it is about time this goverment is told that medical cannabis, can work better than perscriptions. If the A.M.A. has gotten their heads out of the sand sooner.This will be the best thing that can happen is this U.S.To many people being put in jail over a plant. Sad

  12. Although this is good news,don’t plant your garden yet.
    Every study done by doctors and researchers appointed by congress since 1972 has recommended the same thing and the 1972 study recommended decriminalization. And our legislators have ignored every one.
    Maybe,if the regime in power follows it’s own words and lets science decide,we will see marijuana removed from schedule 1. I’ll bet the lobby monies from the banking industry and the pharmaceutical industry are breaking all previous records. And then we have to contend with the largest bureaucratic empire in our government who relies on marijuana remaining illegal
    to justify over 1/2 their 40 billion dollar budget,so we are fighting an uphill battle and there is nothing new about that.
    When only 1 state remains where pot is illegal,the ONDCP will still be spreading his propaganda and making up more lies for us to laugh at.

  13. Why use a harmless plant to treat pain when you can spend $1000’s of dollars to treat pain with pills?!?!? Why use any common sense at all?! We don’t need that! Common sense is bad!
    /sarcasm

  14. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ get it. NarcoPhama refining billions of dollars worth of Bagdad Opium. Too much competition by Cannabis.

  15. I love the DATE of the report. When did the prohibitionists lose a major supporter and the countdown to legalization begin? 11-10-9

  16. Great news. Whether the AMA seeks to verify other countries research or simply looking at the reality that cannabis does have a worthwile purpose, it’s still great to see the most prestigous American medical body reverse its stand on the Schedule I assignment of cannabis. Also,I love the DATE of the report. When did the prohibitionists lose a major supporter and the countdown to legalization begin? 11-10-9

  17. Smoking Smoking Smoking. When will the government and AMA realize that SMOKING is not the most healthy way to inhale cannabis. Yes, this is talked about, but the reports still mention SMOKING and no other alternatives…

  18. I am so thankful you post so much information and have that I may have missed. I love to pass the information along. As I have a family member in law enforcement medical marijuana is a sore subject to most in that field. BUT finally more and more are going vocal with the benefits. I now I have and really don’t care if anyone agrees with me or not. JUST OPEN YOUR MIND. Most of us know unless your in someone shoes with a illness you have no idea what they go through.

  19. Yay Drew! It is so simple to fix, you’d think it would be on everyone’s lips. Just simplify the federal definition of marijuana.
    “The term ‘marijuana’ means all parts
    of the smoke produced by the combustion
    of the plant Cannabis sativa L.”
    With this simple definition, marijuana remains illegal, cannabis remains in the Schedule, but can be regulated by the States, and finally the substance to be controlled gets a clear definition. Also, now that we know it is the smoke, we can soon have the smoke re-scheduled.

  20. Awsome news. Lets just hope it doesn’t take the AMA years to “test and evaluate” the medicinal uses of Marijuana.
    I could have used it 10 years ago while going through chemo. But all the hard work is finally paying off for so many. THINK POSITIVE
    Namaste

  21. the use of weed would give back to our economy! it would be putting less people in jail.!( which is where our taxes go for their room && board!) Plus If they would put a tax on it that would also be giving back to our economy My mother could have used it when she was taking chemo.

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