Last updated on: 1/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

British Medical Association Biography

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

“Present evidence indicates that [cannabinoids] are remarkably safe drugs, with a side-effects profile superior to many drugs used for the same indications… [The BMA] will urge the government to consider changing the Misuse of Drugs Act to allow the prescription of cannabinoids to patients with certain conditions causing distress that are not adequately controlled by existing treatments.”

Nov. 1997

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The British Medical Association [BMA] represents doctors from all branches of medicine all over the UK. It is a voluntary association with a total membership of over 139,000, rising steadily, including more than 3,000 members overseas and over 18,000 medical student members.”

“What BMA Does- An Overview,” BMA website (accessed Sep. 13, 2007)

Mission:

“To promote the medical and allied sciences and to maintain the honour and interests of the medical profession,”

“The Trade Union Role of the BMA in the National Health Service,” BMA website (accessed Sep. 13, 2007)

Other:
U.K. trade union