SUPPORTING RESEARCH INTO THE
THERAPEUTIC ROLE OF MARIJUANA
American College of Physicians
A Position Paper
SUPPORTING RESEARCH INTO THE THERAPEUTIC ROLE OF MARIJUANA
A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians
This paper, written by Tia Taylor, MPH, was developed for the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians: J. Fred Ralston, MD, FACP, Chair; Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, Vice Chair; Andrew A. Chang, MA, Charles Cutler, MD, FACP; MA, David A. Fleming, MD, FACP; Brian P. Freeman, MD, FACP; Robert Gluckman, MD, FACP; Mark Liebow, MD, FACP; Kenneth Musana, MB, ChB; Robert McLean, MD, FACP; Mark Purtle, MD, FACP; P. Preston Reynolds; and Kathleen Weaver, MD, FACP. It was approved by the Board of Regents in January 2008. Also included with this paper is an addendum written by Tia Taylor, MPH, for the Health and Public Policy Committee; the addendum was approved by the Board of Regents in July 2008.
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American College of Physicians. Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana. Philadelphia: American College of Physicians; 2008: Position Paper. (Available from American College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106.)
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Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana
Executive Summary Marijuana has been smoked for its medicinal properties for centuries. Preclinical, clinical, and anecdotal reports suggest numerous potential medical uses for marijuana. Although the indications for some conditions (e.g., HIV wasting and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting) have been well documented, less information is available about other potential medical uses. Additional research is needed to clarify marijuana's therapeutic properties and determine standard and optimal doses and routes of delivery. Unfortunately, research expansion has been hindered by a complicated federal approval process, limited availability of research-grade marijuana, and the debate over legalization. Marijuana's categorization as a Schedule I controlled substance raises significant concerns for researchers, physicians, and patients. As such, the College's policy positions on marijuana as medicine are as follows:
Position 1: ACP...