Medical marijuana patients and advocates now have the support of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The support of this group of over 120,000 physicians is significant because it adds credibility to the movement transforming marijuana into a legitimate medicine. AAFP is now calling for the decriminalization of recreational cannabis, but more importantly, for the federal government to re-categorize marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug.
Their reasoning for supporting the decriminalization and re-categorization of marijuana because research indicates the cost of prohibition is too high socially and in taxpayer dollars. What is most notable about rescheduling marijuana, however, is that it will remove the barriers preventing adequate clinical research that could revolutionize the medical and pharmaceutical industry. As it stands, there is insufficient research as to the proper applications of marijuana as a medicine. With these barriers removed, cannabis and its healing cannabinoids could be further researched so that the use of marijuana as a therapy for a variety of symptoms would no longer be a guessing game.
We believe in efforts to legitimize the use of medical marijuana as a treatment option, which is why we've developed our app which can serve as a research tool for physicians. By journaling on our app daily, you are anonymously influencing our guidelines so that we can better understand how marijuana is best used to accurately target specific symptoms. We hope you remember to journal so that you can help those like you who desire the medical benefits of marijuana but who don't know where to begin with their treatment. If you want to read more about the AAFP's support for medical marijuana, check out this article on Marijuana Business Daily, or see the resolutions for yourself here.