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American Society of Addiction Medicine Biography

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

“When physicians recommend use of scheduled substances, they must exercise great care. The current pattern of ‘medical marijuana’ use in the United States is far from that standard…

If any components of marijuana are ever shown to be beneficial to treat any illness then those components can and should be delivered by nontoxic routes of administration in controlled doses just all other medicines are in the U.S….

ASAM recognizes the supremacy of federal regulatory standards for drug approval and distribution. ASAM recognizes that states can enact limitations that are more restrictive but rejects the concept that states could enact more permissive regulatory standards. ASAM discourages state interference in the federal medication approval process…

ASAM recommends its members and other physician organizations and their members reject responsibility for providing access to cannabis and cannabis-based products until such time that these materials receive marketing approval from the Food and Drug Administration.”

“Public Policy Statement on Marijuana,”, Apr. 2010


“The American Society of Addiction Medicine is an association of physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions, educating physicians and medical students, promoting research and prevention, and enlightening and informing the medical community and the public about these issues. The Society serves its members by providing opportunities for education and sharing of experiences, and by promoting the development of a body of professional knowledge and literature to enhance the quality and increase the availability of appropriate health care for people affected by the addictions.”

“American Society of Addiction Medicine, Constitution and Bylaws, May 2008,”, May 2008


“[I]ncrease access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment;

to educate physicians (including medical and osteopathic students), other health care providers and the public;

to support research and prevention;

to promote the appropriate role of the physician in the care of patients with addiction;

and to establish addiction medicine as a specialty recognized by professional organizations, governments, physicians, purchasers and consumers of health care services, and the general public.”

“ASAM’s Mission,” (accessed Mar. 25, 2014)

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional society