American Academy of Family Physicians Endorses Decriminalizing and Rescheduling Cannabis

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American Academy of Family Physicians Endorses Decriminalizing and Rescheduling Cannabis

aafpCannabis consumption, both for medical and recreational purposes, can be a divisive issue for many doctors. Now, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), representing over 100,000 family physicians (as well as students and residents), has taken a stand on the issue, and made their opinion clear.

On Wednesday, the AAFP held their annual Congress of Delegates and passed two resolutions regarding cannabis. The first, Resolution No. 503, put forth by delegates from the State of New York, calls for the decriminalization of cannabis. It was originally written to secure the organization’s support for full legalization, but, after some deliberation, delegates came to the compromise of altering it to support decriminalization.

The second resolution, No. 504, introduced by delegates from Minnesota, calls for the reclassification of cannabis on the federal controlled substances list, reducing it from a Schedule 1 substance, which is defined as having no known medical value, down to a Schedule 2 substance, the classification of several popular legal pharmaceutical drugs.

The resolution contends that rescheduling cannabis will “facilitate further research on the potential medical uses of pharmaceutical cannabinoids.

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  • Micheal Schroeder
    October 2, 2015

    Wow, even the doctors are getting on board. I guess that only leaves the corrupt and racist politicians and marijuana activists. It is time to end the racist, corrupt, and destructive policies that are marijuana prohibition! I will not support, vote for, or tolerated anyone that pushes marijuana prohibition on the American people!

  • Anonymous
    October 3, 2015

    Schedule 2 for a plant food the most nutritious on the planet our bodies require…this will help big pharma the most…

    • moldy
      October 5, 2015

      No schedule is the proper classification for cannabis. It’s none of the government’s business what the citizens do with their own bodies. After all, guns are legal and they kill over 87K a year and THIS government is perfectly okay with that! How can they inject themselves into protecting us from enjoying ourselves when this gun shit is going down everyday? It’s absolute insanity.

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