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California Society of Addiction Medicine Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“If smoked marijuana should be approved for medical use based on scientific evidence, through the normal regulatory process that applies to all scheduled drugs, its administration should be only under the supervision of a knowledgeable physician.

Research on marijuana, including both basic science and applied clinical studies, should receive increased funding and appropriate access to marijuana for study. The mechanisms of action of marijuana, its effect on the human body, its addictive properties, and any appropriate medical applications should be investigated, and the results made known for clinical and policy applications. In addition, ASAM [American Society of Addiction Medicine] strongly encourages research related to the potential and actual effects of marijuana-related public policy.

ASAM encourages the study of the potential impact of making cannabis available for approved medical uses, and the consideration of what changes might result from moving cannabis from Schedule I to another Schedule.

Physicians should be free to discuss the risks and benefits of medical use of marijuana, as they are free to discuss any other health-related matters.”

Dec. 2000

[Editor’s Note: The “Not Clearly Pro or Con” statement above reflects the most current position we could find as of Oct. 28, 2009. We searched for a more recent statement on Oct. 12 and 22, 2009. We sent an email to California Society of Addiction Medicine on Sep. 23, 2009 and did not receive a response. We called on Oct. 22, 2009, and was asked to send another email before we received a response to an inquiry regarding their position on the core question. On Oct. 22 and Oct. 26, 2009, we sent additional emails. As of Oct. 28, 2009, we have not yet received a response.]


“CSAM [California Society of Addiction Medicine] is a specialty society of physicians founded in 1973. Since 1989, CSAM has been a State Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).”

“About CSAM,” CSAM website (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)


“The specific purpose of the Society is to advance the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions through education of physicians, physicians-in-training, and other health professionals. Additionally, the Society promotes research, prevention, and implementation of evidence-based treatment.”

“About CSAM,” CSAM website (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)

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