Last updated on: 12/22/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

William C. Woodward, MD Biography

Title:
Former Legislative Counsel at the American Medical Association (AMA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“There is nothing in the medicinal use of Cannabis that has any relation to Cannabis addiction. I use the word ‘Cannabis’ in preference to the word ‘marihuana’, because Cannabis is the correct term for describing the plant and its products. The term ‘marihuana’ is a mongrel word that has crept into this country over the Mexican border and has no general meaning, except as it relates to the use of Cannabis preparations for smoking…

To say, however, as has been proposed here, that the use of the drug should be prevented by a prohibitive tax, loses sight of the fact that future investigation may show that there are substantial medical uses for Cannabis.”

“Statement to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means,” (as published on www.druglibrary.org) May 4, 1937

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Legislative Counsel, American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Testified in front of the House Ways and Means Committee as Legislative Counsel for the American Medical Association (AMA) and stated the AMA’s opposition to the proposed Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.
Education:
  • MD, school and dates unknown
Other:
  • None found