Sunday, November 6, 2011

California Physicans Call for Regulation and Legalization of Medical Marijuana


It would be an understatement to call Legalization a hot topic, particularly so after Gallup found majority support for the first time in poll history. I had the privilege of representing UC Davis at the California Medical Association (CMA) 2011 House of Delegates this past October, where the CMA Board of Trustees unveiled adoption of official policy that recommends legalization and regulation of cannabis. The new policy came as a result of a CMA Legalization and Taxation of Marijuana Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) report that put forth several recommendations:

  • “Reschedule” medical cannabis in order to encourage research lending to responsible regulation. 
  • Regulate recreational cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco. 
  • Tax cannabis 
  • Facilitate dissemination of risks and benefits of cannabis use. 
  • Refer for national action.
The medical community has been put in a difficult situation in the pot debate, as California has recognized it as a 'decriminalized medical benefit' yet the substance remains illegal at the federal level. Yet, there is insufficient evidence to truly assess the drug's effectiveness. To be sure, cannabis is strictly classified as a Schedule I substance, which severely deprives current literature of any assessment of dosage, benefit, or risk. As such, physicians are calling for rescheduling of the drug in order to allow for expanded research.

Advocates equate this to legalization, but CMA urges sustained regulation and control similar to that found with alcohol and tobacco. Given the contentious nature of the topic, CMA has taken a bold stance on the topic and should be commended. Creating a rational scope of debate at both the state and federal levels should finally foster an adult conversation to move towards a thoughtful solution.

Browse through the CMA white paper here:  
Cannabis and the Regulatory Void, Background Paper and Recommendations

2 comments:

  1. This is actually ridiculous, but there may be a law within the tax laws which allows the federal government to obtain taxes from the selling of illicit drugs. The IRS has special procedures where narcotic dealers are permitted to anonymously pay taxes for the sale of unlawful drugs. Here is the real kicker, the Internal Revenue Service just isn't allowed to turn the seller in for narcotic dealing, they will be merely in a position to collect the taxes and document the name, in order that if the dealer is caught for dealing drugs, the criminal prosecution cannot charge them with tax evasion. Learn more about this crazy tip here: http://ww.tax-defense-network-tax-laws.com/tax-defense-network-illegal-drug-tax/

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  2. Seriously andieclark? I received a CP-11 notification inside my mail box and I just didn't see why the Internal Revenue Service would make modifications to my return and leave me having a tax debt. I imagined they were just simply looking to get cash out of me and also was ready to fight it, until finally I realized the miscalculation that they were adjusting. In case you obtain a CP-11 letter, research your return before you can attempt to dispute the modification. http://www.tax-defense-network-cpnotices.com/cp-notice/47-2/

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