In 1937 marijuana was banned by Congress. The only question asked was, "what’s the position of the American Medical Association?". It actually was in favor of keeping marijuana legal for medical purposes. But the response given to Congress by whoever was pushing the bill (some diligent drug war historian will tell me who) was that the AMA wanted to ban it. And banned it was. And soon the AMA decided that it didn’t approve of medical marijuana–a position it holds to this day
60 years and billions of wasted dollars later, one major physician’s group has decided to change its mind. The American College of Physicians is now urging and easing of the ban on medical marijuana. We can only hope that the ridiculous ban on medical marijuana use, despite its therapeutic properties that exceed many FDA approved medications, are closer to being lifted with this type of support.