Interestingly, the formation of the first national organization of doctors in favor of legalization was announced this week, The Washington Post reports. The group is urging both the federal government and states to legalize and regulate adult recreational cannabis use in the interest of public health. The Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) is made up of:
- A Former Surgeon General
- Over 50 Physicians
- Faculty Members from Some of the Nation’s Top Medical Schools
"You don't have to be pro-marijuana to be opposed to its prohibition," said David L. Nathan, board president and founder of the DFCR. "If you’re going to make something against the law, the health consequences of that use have to be so bad to make it worth creating criminal consequences. That was never true of marijuana. It was banned in 1937 over the objections of the American Medical Association (AMA)."
While the societal costs of prohibition can be easily measured, it is important that efforts to curb teenage use continue. The drug can be addictive, may require treatment to overcome and can have a negative impact on developing brains.