Last updated on: 9/21/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

American Public Health Association Biography

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

“[The American Public Health Association]:

  • Encourages research of the therapeutic properties of various cannabinoids and combinations of cannabinoids.
  • Encourages research on alternative methods of administration to decrease the harmful effects related to smoking; and
  • Urges the Administration and Congress to move expeditiously to make cannabis available as a legal medicine where shown to be safe and effective and to immediately allow access to therapeutic cannabis through the Investigational New Drug Program.”
  • Jan. 1, 1995

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

    “The American Public Health Association [APHA] is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872…

    APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.”

    “About Us,” APHA website (accessed Sep. 13, 2007)

    Mission:

    “The Association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States.”

    “About Us,” APHA website (accessed Sep. 13, 2007)

    Other:
    Organization of public health professionals