Last updated on: 1/8/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Biography

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

“Convincing scientific evidence and clinical experience demonstrate that smoking marijuana provides medical benefits that are not replicated by synthesized drugs… [T]he collective weight of scientific studies, patients’ personal experiences, physicians’ clinical successes, and government-sponsored studies provides a convincing basis for the medical use of cannabis by certain patients.”

Cowritten with Lymphoma Foundation Of America, HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Barbara Roberts, and Irvin Rosenfeld, Amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in Angel v. Raich , Oct. 2004

[Editor’s Note: The AMSA House of Delegates passed Resolution #12 in Mar. 1993, stating in part: “The American Medical Student Association strongly urges the United States Government… to meet the treatment needs of currently ill Americans by restoring the Compassionate IND [Investigational New Drug] program for medical marijuana, and… reschedule marijuana to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act, and… end the medical prohibition against marijuana.”]

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

“The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.

Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.”

“About AMSA,” amsa.org (accessed Jan. 8, 2016)

Mission:

“The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and health care delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.”

“Mission & Aspirations,” amsa.org (accessed Jan. 8, 2016)

Other:
Medical student organization