Canada: Addictions Specialist Backs Medical Marijuana

The founding president of the International Society for Addiction Medicine backs the use of marijuana as a medicine, The Calgary Herald reported.
“Doctors, nurses, and patients know that medical marijuana works,” NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. “It remains only politicians and law enforcement who oppose allowing seriously ill patients access to this often-times lifesaving medicine.”
ISAM head Dr. Nady el Guebaly said that he supports Health Canada’s recent efforts to allow patients limited access to medical marijuana in clinical trials. Guebaly said that marijuana should be used medicinally under a doctor’s supervision. Ideally, he said that patients should only use marijuana on a short-term basis to prevent against risks inherent to smoking.
Guebaly’s recommendations echo those of the Institute of Medicine, which in March endorsed granting some seriously ill patients temporary access to smoked marijuana.
Dozens of international medical societies, including the American Public Health Association, the Australian Medical Association, the Federation of American Scientists, and the AIDS Action Council, support legalizing medical marijuana.
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. A directory of medical organizations supportive of medical marijuana is available on NORML’s website at: Health Organization’s Endorsements.