Last week a group of over 50 doctors announced the formation of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, an organization designed to give a physician’s perspective on the need for legalization.
“Today, doctors realize that you don’t have to be pro-marijuana to oppose its prohibition,” it says on the DFCR website. “Doctors for Cannabis Regulation is an organization whose time has come, serving as the voice of physicians guiding our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization.”
The group includes former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and members of some of the most respected medical institutions in the country.
The DFCR supports recreational legalization of cannabis and believes cannabis prohibition has been harmful, unsuccessful and unnecessary. They will likely be instrumental in lessening the stigma that surrounds the cannabis plant.
For decades aspiring doctors learned nothing about cannabis in medical school, or any other portion of their schooling. All they knew was that weed is bad and dangerous and no one should do it. At most they were told a few false facts about marijuana before moving on.
This has begun to change over the last 20 years as doctors have been forced to look into the issue of medical marijuana. Many learned that this evil weed that had been warned about actually has incredible medical possibilities. Doctors like Sanjay Gupta have come forward publicly and said they were flat out wrong about cannabis.
Why were they wrong? Mostly due to bad information. Garbage in leads to garbage out, as they say. If you accept the lies you rarely go looking for the truth. But doctors today have no choice but to seek out the truth, and thanks to the Internet, they have no excuse for not having good information.
Groups like DFCR are vital to the future of marijuana legalization. They can shine the light of the mainstream onto our cause like few other groups can.