Medical Societies Oppose Legalizing Marijuana

American Medical Association

AMA urges court to overturn medical cannabis ballot initiative

Mississippi voters in November passed a ballot initiative that proposes amending the state constitution to legalize medical cannabis and for the state to govern its distribution. Now the Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether Initiative 65 was unconstitutional. The question hinges on voter signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Elinore McCance-Katz on Prevention Day 2020

Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks-Yes, Even Marijuana

We know serious mental illness and substance use disorders often co-occur. And I believe there is room for researching the medical potential of marijuana’s components. But pretending that marijuana is a harmless substance is not the way to help our loved ones.


Medical Experts Warn of Cannabis Risks



Massachusetts Prevention Alliance Issues Critique of Marijuana Policies


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Doctors oppose legalizing marijuana in New York and three other states

Groups representing doctors in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware released a rare joint statement Friday opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in their states. “As physician leaders, we agree, as one voice, that the legalization of recreational marijuana does not serve the best interests of our patients nor will it serve the best interest of our states,” the presidents of the four state medical societies said.


Four state medical society heads say no to recreational marijuana

Medical society presidents from four states joined forces to express their mutual opposition regarding their states’ approval of any policies that legalize recreational marijuana. The doctors said that they have serious concerns about the lack of scientific evidence that supports legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults and young adults.


Vermont Mental Health Commissioner Issues Statement


More testimony from Mental Health Commissioner of VT supporting harms of marijuana to mental health.

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New Study in Lancet on Pot Psychosis Link


Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis

Weed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it’s starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode.



Advice for Parents. Be Uncool.


Be Super ‘Uncool’ and Keep Kids Off Pot, by Daily Editorials

Whatever the law and pop culture say, warn your children about the psychological and physiological dangers of using marijuana.



More Proof Cannabis Causes Mental Illness


Dr Niall Campbell, a consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in London, which treats NHS patients, added: ‘We are seeing a whole new generation of teenagers, and those in their early 20s, being admitted as emergencies with paranoid psychoses linked to cannabis use.


‘They believe they are being watched, followed and listened to 24 hours a day by unknown pursuers who mean to harm or kill them. This can lead to violent, or sometimes suicidal, behaviour as they flee imagined pursuers.


Children aged NINE damaged by Cannabis

More than 3,400 patients under 19 went to hospital due to mental and behavioural illnesses brought on by cannabis last year NHS figures show the number of admission has risen 38 per cent since 2013/14 Teenagers say cannabis has become more accessible through social media sites Dealers may post cannabis bag pictures on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram James Hamilton had a cannabis addiction aged 14 and developed depression Children as young as nine are being admitted to hospital with severe disorders caused by cannabis, figures reveal.


Doctors in the UK Are Warning U.S.


DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Wards are full of lives wrecked by cannabis

Walk on to any mental health ward as I have and you will be confronted with the tragic victims of our lackadaisical attitude towards cannabis. There is mounting evidence to show the drug is having a horrific effect on the young, not least the Mail’s disturbing story today.



Letter from the President of the Epilepsy Society Warns of Cannabis Medicine


American Epilepsy Society Warns About Cannabis Oils


Michael D. Privitera, MD, president of the American Epilepsy Society and director of the epilepsy center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, in a letter he wrote to a Pennsylvania legislator: 


“The families and children moving to Colorado are receiving unregulated, highly variable artisanal preparations of cannabis oil prescribed, in most cases, by physicians with no training in pediatrics,neurology, or epilepsy. As a result, the epilepsy specialists in Colorado have been at the bedside of children having severe dystonic reactions and other movement disorders, developmental regression, intractable vomiting and worsening seizures that can be so severe they have to put the child into a coma to get the seizures to stop. Because these products are unregulated, it is impossible to know if these dangerous adverse reactions are due to the CBD or because of contaminants found in these artisanal preparations.


How did we get here—states passing laws to legalize a marijuana product for epilepsy that no Colorado epilepsy specialist will recommend?”


The Colorado team has also seen families who have gone into significant debt, paying hundreds of dollars a month for oils that do not appear to work for the vast majority. For all these reasons, not a single pediatric neurologist in Colorado recommends the use of artisanal cannabis preparations.