Last updated on: 10/21/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Australian Medical Association Biography

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

“The Australian Medical Association considers cannabis may be of medical benefit in:
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  • HIV-related wasting and cancer-related wasting; and
  • Nausea and vomiting in people with cancer, undergoing chemotherapy, which does not respond to conventional treatments.

    The Australian Medical Association believes that more research needs to be undertaken to determine the medical benefit of cannabis in:

  • Neurological disorders including (but not limited to) multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease; and
  • Pain unrelieved by conventional treatments.”
  • “Cannabis,” AMA website, Dec. 2006

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

    “The Australian Medical Association [AMA] is an organisation whose members are registered medical practitioners and medical students.”

    “About the AMA,” AMA website (accessed Oct. 9, 2009)

    Mission:

    “The AMA exists to:

  • Promote and advance ethical behaviour by the medical profession and protect the integrity and independence of the doctor/patient relationship;
  • Promote and advance the public health;
  • Protect the academic, professional and economic independence and the well being of medical practitioners, and
  • Preserve and protect the political, legal and industrial interests of medical practitioners.”
  • “About the AMA,” AMA website (accessed Oct. 9, 2009)

    Other:
    Australian federal organization