The American Medical Association on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling for the government to review its classification of marijuana, in order to ease the way for more research into the use of medical marijuana.
This is an interesting development. One glaring hypocrisy in the federal government's position on medical marijuana has been its claim that no standard medical research supports the claims made for marijuana's purported medical benefits.
This claim is overstated, but the amount of gold-standard, double blind research is small.
Why? Because the beauraucratic hurdles erected by federal authorities make it impossible for any medical researcher to conduct such research.
If the AMA's new position eases the way for more research on medical marijuana, everyone but the prohibitionists will benefit.