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Physicians Endorse Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act

Posted on  October 25, 2012 by  News Admin

  Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the committee behind Issue 5, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, will soon announce a growing coalition of more than 70 Arkansas physicians who have endorsed the measure. The campaign plans to hold a press conference to discuss the support for Issue 5 among physicians in the coming days. "As physicians, we appreciate the suffering patients endure," said Dr. Marvin Singleton, past president of the Missouri State Medical Association and now a resident of Fayetteville. "Marijuana is well known within the medical community to alleviate the suffering of patients with MS, cancer, Crohn's Disease and other serious illnesses. "If a doctor believes that a patient could benefit from the use of medical marijuana, neither the doctor nor the patient should face criminal penalties for pursuing that relief," Dr. Singleton said. "Issue 5 is a compassionate measure. Moreover, it has been drafted to ensure that only seriously ill patients will qualify to use medical marijuana. I encourage all voters to support it." The endorsing physicians signed statements of support containing the following language:  Licensed medical practitioners should not be punished for recommending the medical use of marijuana to seriously ill people, and seriously ill people should not be subject to criminal sanctions for using marijuana if the patients' medical professionals have told them that such use is likely to be beneficial. Arkansans for Compassionate Care Arkansans for Compassionate Care is a coalition of concerned physicians, patients, and allies who agree that sick and dying patients should have...