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  • The American Medical Association "calls for further adequate and well-controlled studies of marijuana" and believes that "effective patient care requires the free and unfettered exchange of information on treatment alternatives and that discussion of these alternatives between physicians and patients should not subject either party to criminal sanctions" — These views stand in sharp contrast to the actions of the federal government, which has systematically hampered research and attempted (unsuccessfully) to bar doctors from recommending marijuana to their patients.
  • According to a 2003 WebMD Medscape poll, 76% of physicians and 86% of nurses favor "the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes."
  • "Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting and can be mitigated by marijuana."
    — Institute of Medicine, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, 1999
  • "ACP urges an evidence-based review of marijuana's status as a Schedule I controlled substance to determine whether it should be reclassified to a different schedule. ... ACP strongly supports exemption from federal criminal prosecution; civil liability; or professional sanctioning, such as loss of licensure or credentialing, for physicians who prescribe or dispense medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Similarly, ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws. ... Evidence not only supports the use of medical marijuana in certain conditions but also suggests numerous indications for cannabinoids."
    — American College of Physicians, Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana, 2008
     
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