As states plod blindly forward, attempting to make marijuana legal, not only does it remain illegal, but the American Psychiatric Association makes several critical points regarding this dangerous issue.
- First, they warn of potential liabilities to doctors recommending use of marijuana – ‘Physicians who recommend smoked use of marijuana for medical purposes, should be fully aware of the risks and liabilities of doing so.’
- There is no current scientific evidence that marijuana is in any way beneficial for the treatment of any psychiatric disorder.
- Also, in contrast to initiative claims that there is a beneficial aspect to using marijuana, current evidence supports, at a minimum, a strong association of cannabis use with the onset of psychiatric disorders. And that noting their neurological development, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to harm.
- They state that ‘should marijuana be found to have medicinal qualities, it should be evidence-based, determined by professional standards of care, and it should be a) subject to the approval process of the FDA and b) not be authorized by ballot initiatives.
- They also recommend research on the use of cannabis but note that should include the potential likelihood of addiction.
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