A group of Scottish doctors specializing in public health is pushing the British Medical Association (BMA) to support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use. A motion made at the BMA public health conference was defeated in early June, but the group pushed for formal debate at the BMA annual conference on July 7. BMA representatives narrowly rejected supporting the legalization of marijuana for medical use, and overwhelmingly dismissed a motion to back decriminalizing recreational use.
Dr Stephen Kisely, who proposed the motion, said: “The legal effects of cannabis are far worse than the medical and psychological effects. The BMA should stand up and act to help its patients. Making them criminals does not help them.”
The BMA already supports clinical trials to determine cannabis’ medical applications and efficacy.
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