Last updated on: 3/27/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Biography

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

“There is no current scientific evidence that marijuana is in any way beneficial for the treatment of any psychiatric disorder…

Further research on the use of cannabis-derived substances as medicine should be encouraged and facilitated by the federal government…

Policy and practice surrounding cannabis-derived substances should not be altered until sufficient clinical evidence supports such changes…

Medical treatment should be evidence-based and determined by professional standards of care; it should not be authorized by ballot initiatives.

No medication approved by the FDA is smoked. Marijuana that is dispensed under a state-authorized program is not a specific product with controlled dosages. The buyer has no way of knowing the strength or purity of the product, as cannabis lacks the quality control of FDA-approved medicines.”

“Position Statement on Marijuana as Medicine,” Dec. 2013, psych.org

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

“The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing growing membership of more than 35,000 psychiatrists.

Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.”

“About APA,” APA website (accessed Mar. 26, 2014)

Mission:

“The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to:

  • Promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental disorders (including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders) and their families;
  • Promote psychiatric education and research; advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and
  • serve the professional needs of its membership.”

“About APA,” APA website (accessed Mar. 26, 2014)

Other:
Medical specialty society