Ark. Medical Society opposes medical marijuana

Associated Press Published: November 5, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Medical Society has announced its opposition to a ballot item that would legalize medical use of marijuana in Arkansas.

The organization represents more than 4,300 physicians and medical students in the state. The conservative lobbying group Family Council Action Committee on Monday praised the society's 40-member board for voting to oppose the marijuana measure.

Backers of the measure say marijuana has helped them through pain and nausea during chemotherapy and other medical conditions when other drugs failed. The group Arkansans for Compassionate Care has released a list of dozens of doctors who support the measure.

But the society says advances in conventional medications enable regulated drugs to counter the conditions cited by the marijuana backers. The society says the negative consequences of legalizing medical marijuana outweigh the benefits.

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