Massachusetts docs say NO on 3

Massachusetts docs say NO on 3

When the Commonwealth’s most respected medical societies say no to so-called medical marijuana, trust them: marijuana is not medicine.

  • Marijuana has not been subjected to the same rigorous, scientific testing as other drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Claims for its effectiveness are not scientifically proven, and would not be accepted as proof of effectiveness for any other medicine under development.
  • Marijuana poses health risks. For example, marijuana smoke contains more poisons than tobacco smoke, as well as carbon monoxide and tar. Its use has also been associated with long-term impairments of mental capacity.
  • Physician-prescribing of any drug is a medical decision and should be decided by scientific fact, not by public ballot.

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The following is a reprint of the statement on the Massachusetts Medical Society page:

Question 3: Medical Use of Marijuana

September 14, 2012On November 6, voters will have the opportunity to vote on Question 3, Medical Use of Marijuana.

The Massachusetts Medical Society is opposed to Question 3.

As physicians, we strive to treat all patients with compassion and find the most effective treatment for those who are suffering. However:

  • Marijuana has not been subjected to the same rigorous, scientific testing as other drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Claims for its effectiveness are not scientifically proven, and would not be accepted as proof of effectiveness for any other medicine under development.
  • Marijuana poses health risks. For example, marijuana smoke contains more poisons than tobacco smoke, as well as carbon monoxide and tar. Its use has also been associated with long-term impairments of mental capacity.
  • Physician-prescribing of any drug is a medical decision and should be decided by scientific fact, not by public ballot.

The Massachusetts Medical Society:

  • Advocates that marijuana be reclassified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) so that its potential medicinal use by humans may be further studied and potentially regulated by the FDA.
  • Supports the development of non-smoked, reliable delivery systems for cannabis-derived and cannabinoid medications for research purposes. Until such time that scientific studies demonstrate its safety and efficacy, the Massachusetts Medical Society opposes the legalization of medicinal marijuana and cannot support legislation intended to involve physicians in certifying, authorizing, or otherwise directing persons in the area of medicinal marijuana outside of scientific clinical trials.

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Editorial: Question 3 Opens a Door to Abuse
(October 07, 2012)
Lowell Sun editorial opposing Question 3.
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(September 24, 2012)
Boston Globe article on recent research into the long-term health effects of marijuana.

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Please review the growing list of organizations that are taking a stand against Question 3. It includes:

  • The Massachusetts Medical Society
  • The Worcester District Medical Society
  • The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Children’s Hospital-Boston
  • Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery

It is the marijuana legalization industry that wants us to believe otherwise — along with marijuana users who want to make their drug of choice more accessible and socially acceptable.

Massachusetts is smarter than this. Massachusetts deserves better than this. Real compassion requires real medicine.