On Monday, the Massachusetts Medical Society posted statements online affirming their opposition of Question 3, which aims to legalize medical marijuana in the Bay State.
On its website, the group released a statement explaining their stance on MMJ legalization. The group wrote that, “As physicians, we strive to treat all patients with compassion and find the most effective treatment for those who are suffering. However, marijuana has not been subjected to the same rigorous, scientific testing as other drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Claims for its effectiveness are not scientifically proven, and would not be accepted as proof of effectiveness for any other medicine under development.”
Other reasons they cited for their opposition of the question include the fact that marijuana smoke contains more poisons than tobacco smoke, including tar and carbon monoxide. The group also believes that medical decisions should be decided by scientific fact rather than public ballot.
Despite their opposition to legalization, the group is advocating that marijuana be removed from Schedule I classification by the DEA so that its medicinal properties can be studied and regulated by the FDA.
Additionally, the group has stated that they support marijuana consumed by methods other than smoking. They encourage the development of reliable, non-smoked delivery systems for cannabinoid medications.