Now Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"The Society supports the rights of people with MS to work with their health care provider to access marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with legal regulations in those states where such use has been approved. In addition, the Society supports the need for more research to better understand the benefits and potential risks of marijuana and its derivatives as a treatment for MS."
[Editor's Note: Prior to the "Pro" position above, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society held a "Con" view as expressed in its two statements below.]
"There is a very real need for additional therapies to treat stubborn and often painful symptoms of MS. However, based on the studies to date — and the fact that long-term use of marijuana may be associated with significant, serious side effects — it is the opinion of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Medical Advisory Board that there are currently insufficient data to recommend marijuana or its derivatives as a treatment for MS symptoms. Research is continuing to determine if there is a possible role for marijuana or its derivatives in the treatment of MS."
"Marijuana (Cannabis)," National MS Society website (accessed May 4, 2012)
"It is the opinion of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Medical Advisory Board that marijuana is not recommended as a treatment for MS. Long-term use of marijuana may be associated with significant serious side effects. In addition, other well-tested, FDA-approved drugs are available, such as baclofen and tizanidine, to reduce spasticity in MS."
"Complementary and Alternative Medicine," National MS Society website, Mar. 2000
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.
We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward."
"About the Society," National Multiple Sclerosis Society website (accessed Apr. 20, 2015)
"The Society's mission is: We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS."
"Vision," National Multiple Sclerosis Society website (accessed Apr. 20, 2015)
Not membership based
Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and Chief Executive Officer
# of Offices:
National headquarters (New York, NY) and 53 chartered chapters
# of Staff:
National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) funds 25% of Society's research.