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American Cancer Society Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana’s effects as a medicine are limited to symptom relief, not cures of disease, and are generally modest. For most symptoms, there are more effective drugs already on the market.

However, physicians frequently encounter patients who do not respond well to standard medications, or for whom adjunct therapies are needed. For these patients, cannabinoids
appear to hold potential for treating pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and the poor appetite and wasting caused by AIDS or advanced cancer…

ACS Position

The IOM’s [Institute of Medicine] report suggests that there may be a benefit to cancer patients from the chemicals, or cannabinoids, contained within marijuana. These studies appear to show that cannabinoids will help alleviate the nausea, vomiting, wasting, and muscle spasms caused by chemotherapy in some patients.

The ACS is supportive of more research into the benefits of cannabinoids. Better and more effective treatments are needed to overcome the side effects of cancer and its treatment. The ACS does not advocate the use of inhaled marijuana or the legalization of marijuana.”

“Medical Use of Marijuana: ACS Position,” Apr. 10, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Cancer Society [ACS] is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States.”

“ACS Fact Sheet,” ACS website (accessed Sep. 13, 2007)

Mission:

“The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.”

“ACS Mission Statements,” ACS website (accessed Sep. 13, 2007)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation