Marijuana: More than 300 doctors endorsing Amendment 64
Opponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act are hyping a letter endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatric's Colorado branch decrying the measure. Backers responded with their own pediatrics-approved physician and a promise of support from more medical pros. How many? As will be announced at an event this morning, three hundred-plus.
At 11 a.m. at the Denver Press Club, a number of Colorado docs, including Dr. Larry Bedard, former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Dr. Bruce Madison, associate medical director of the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and vice-chair of the Council on Legislation for the Colorado Medical Society, will appear on behalf of the act; get more details below. And they represent literally hundreds of their colleagues, says Betty Aldworth, an Amendment 64 spokeswoman who's also on the bill.
Are any of them specialists in medical marijuana?
"Some of them have probably written medical marijuana recommendations," Aldworth replies. "But this is an unrelated topic in many ways." Rather than focusing on what she refers to as "the clinical value of medical marijuana," she says the physicians speaking out on behalf of Amendment 64 will be concentrating on "the failures of criminalizing marijuana users.
"Marijuana prohibition has negative ramifications for individuals and communities, and those negative effects certainly include negative health effects," she continues. "But the physicians helping us recognize that marijuana prohibition has failed Colorado citizens and communities, so they're joining us in support of this policy change."
Regarding the opposition to Amendment 64 of the American Academy of Pediatric's Colorado affiliate, Aldworth criticizes Smart Colorado, the No on 64 campaign, for implying that proponents don't care about teen weed smoking.
Continue to read more of our interview with Amendment 64's Betty Aldworth.