Whenever I come across someone that is opposed to marijuana reform, I always ask them why they feel the way that they do. One of the most common answers I get back is that marijuana is bad for people’s health, no exceptions. I always like to point out to them that marijuana has been proven to be an effective medicine for many ailments. I also am quick to point out that many doctors think that prohibition has failed, and that a more sensible approach to marijuana policy needs to be taken.
Chances are if you are reading this, you have probably been hit with the ‘marijuana is bad for your health’ argument by a marijuana opponent. A good resource to point them to is Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Doctors for Cannabis Regulation is an organization comprised of doctors, athletes, and other staff members that believe that marijuana is medicine, and that marijuana policies at all levels of society should reflect that fact. Below is more about the organization, via their website:
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) serves as a voice for physicians who believe that cannabis prohibition has failed and that the misuse of cannabis should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one. DFCR’s physician members strive neither to minimize nor to exaggerate scientific literature about the risks and benefits of cannabis use. DFCR promotes evidence-based strategies to prevent recreational marijuana use by minors and misuse by adults. Through public education and support for changes in U.S. law, DFCR advocates for the legalization, taxation and—above all—effective regulation of cannabis in the United States.
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation has a really strong team which includes the leading medical and scientific marijuana minds in America right now. Look at the names below. If you have spent any time reading about cannabis reform, then you are likely familiar with many of the names below:
Board of Directors
- David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA (Founder, Board President)
- Sunil K. Aggarwal, MD, PhD, FAAPMR (Board Treasurer)
- Darby Beck, MA (Board Secretary)
- Malik Burnett, MD, MBA
- Julie Holland, MD
- Brian Muraresku, JD (ex officio)
- Udi Ofer, JD
- Sue Sisley, MD
- Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH
- H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM
- Joycelyn Elders, MD
- Lester Grinspoon, MD
- Carl Hart, PhD
- David Lewis, MD
- Beny Primm, MD (1928-2015)
- Andrew Solomon
- Andrew Weil, MD
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation has teamed up with NFL players to promote cannabis reform in the NFL, and recently made headlines by sending an open letter to the NFL calling for the removal of cannabis as a banned substance. The letter was signed by retired NFL freedom fighters Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton, Nate Jackson, Lance Johnstone, Jim McMahon, Jake Plummer, Kyle Turley, Ricky Williams, and current NFL player Derrick Morgan.
The combination of doctors and athletes pushing for cannabis reform is a very powerful thing. Doctors for Cannabis Regulation has a very powerful message and is a very credible organization that I expect to do big things in the near future. Their efforts are going to add to the momentum that has been building in America for reform in the legal arena, as well as the professional sports world. More athletes (from all sports!) and doctors need to add their individual voices to the collective voice that is being cultivated at Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.