SLMMS Physicians Oppose Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Citing Need for Further Research
At its September 11, 2018 Council meeting, the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society adopted the following policy:
The St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society (SLMMS) opposes the three medical marijuana ballot questions that will go before voters in Missouri during the upcoming November, 2018 election.
Citing public health reasons and the lack of available scientific research, SLMMS adopted policy opposing such measures until:
(A) The DEA reclassifies marijuana to allow for increased scientific research;
(B) Extensive research studies demonstrating health benefits have been completed; and
(C) Necessary changes are made to federal laws permitting the use of marijuana.
Until there is evidence supporting its effectiveness as a drug, SLMMS feels the potential for abuse outweighs any perceived medical benefits.