Position on Medical Marijuana

September 9, 2013

PSNA has now posted its Position Statement titled “Patients’ Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana.” History has documented the use of marijuana (cannabis) in medical settings since 28th century BCE China, and it was first introduced to the Western world in the early 19th century (Johnson, 2013).  It was quickly adopted by health care professionals to treat various problems such as nausea, chronic pain and psychological disorders, and it was widely accepted in the United States until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 (Johnson, 2013).  Since that time, it has undergone a complicated past of federal regulation regarding its use recreationally and medicinally. PSNA members can access the Statement here.

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