DEA Stops Citing AMA on Medical Marijuana


Speaking of evolving positions on medical marijuana, it looks like the DEA has stopped telling the public "the American Medical Association recommends that marijuana remain a Schedule I controlled substance," a legal category that signifies a high potential for abuse, a lack of medical utility, and a lack of safety even under medical supervision. That statement was still on the DEA's website (under the heading "Exposing the Myth of Smoked Medical Marijuana: The Facts") as of late this afternoon, despite last week's AMA resolution recommending that "the Schedule I status of marijuana be reviewed with the goal of facilitating clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, and alternate delivery methods." But the AMA citation is now gone, possibly due to an emailing campaign organized by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

The AMA-endorsed statement on medical marijuana is here (PDF).