Last updated on: 5/14/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

American College of Physicians (ACP) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

Position 1: ACP supports programs and funding for rigorous scientific evaluation of the potential therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana and the publication of such findings.
Position 1a: ACP supports increased research for conditions where the efficacy of marijuana has been established to determine optimal dosage and route of delivery.
Position 1b: Medical marijuana research should not only focus on determining drug efficacy and safety but also on determining efficacy in comparison with other available treatments.

Position 2: ACP encourages the use of nonsmoked forms of THC that have proven therapeutic value.

Position 3: ACP supports the current process for obtaining federal research-grade cannabis.

Position 4: ACP urges review of marijuana’s status as a schedule I controlled substance and its reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana’s safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions.

Position 5: ACP strongly supports exemption from federal criminal prosecution; civil liability; or professional sanctioning, such as loss of licensure or credentialing, for physicians who prescribe or dispense medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Similarly, ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws.”

“Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana,” (PDF) Feb. 15, 2008

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

“The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists — physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States…

ACP is governed by an elected Board of Regents. The Board is advised by a network of ACP committees and by the ACP Board of Governors, which is composed of 79 elected Governors in chapters and regions of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and Japan. ACP sponsors the Council of Subspecialty Societies, which represents 25 medical subspecialty societies and internal medicine organizations. ACP is represented in the American Medical Association, the Federated Council for Internal Medicine, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and other organizations.”

“About Us,” ACP website (accessed Mar. 4, 2008)

Mission:

“To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.”

“Mission and Goals,” ACP website (accessed Mar. 4, 2008)

Other:
Medical society
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be Reclassified as a Schedule II or III Drug?
  2. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  3. Does the Regular Smoking of Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer or in Any Way Permanently Injure the Lungs?