The A.M.A.: Marijuana Warning

The notion that marijuana is safer for the user than alcohol, or at least no worse, has become one of the soothing and glibly repeated cliches of the day. Increasing numbers of medical men agree with it, among them James L. Goddard, who recently resigned as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Alarmed by widespread and often unverified acceptance of the idea, the A.M.A. and the National Research Council last week took a joint potshot at the drug in what the A.M.A. called a "major position paper" (translation: a report that...

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