More than 300 Colorado Physicians in More Than 65 Localities Endorse Amendment 64

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More than 300 Colorado Physicians in More Than 65 Localities Endorse Amendment 64

Former president of Colorado Medical Society among doctors in more than 65 Colorado cities and towns voice their support for initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol

Statements below from Dr. Larry Bedard, former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Dr. Bruce Madison, associate director of the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

OCTOBER 9, 2012 – DENVER – The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced at a news conference today that more than 300 physicians from more than 65 localities across Colorado have endorsed Amendment 64. The campaign was joined by Dr. Larry Bedard, former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and Dr. Bruce Madison, former associate medical director of the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The past president of the Colorado Medical Society, Dr. Christopher Unrein, is also among the physicians that have signed on in support of the initiative.

See a full list of the physicians at http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/physicians

Statement from Dr. Larry Bedard, former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians:

"In my 35-plus years as an emergency physician, I saw hundreds of injuries, accidents, and deaths due to alcohol, but virtually none associated with marijuana. It is time to embrace a more commonsense policy, and stop criminalizing adults for using a substance less harmful than alcohol."
 
Statement from Dr. Bruce Madison, former associate medical director of the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine:

"As physicians we have a professional obligation to do no harm. But the truth is that  the Colorado marijuana laws do just that, by wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in a failed War on Marijuana, by ruining thousands of lives by unnecessary arrest and incarceration, and by causing the deaths of hundreds of people killed in black-market criminal activities. I am proud to join all of the other Colorado physicians who support Amendment 64, a sensible measure whose time has come."

Statement from Betty Aldworth, advocacy director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:

"These 300-plus physicians have joined more than 130 college professors in supporting Amendment 64 because the evidence is clear that our current system of marijuana prohibition has failed. It has not only been ineffective and incredibly wasteful, but also harmful to our citizens and our communities. Like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition has caused far more problems than it has solved, and it is time for a new approach. Eighty years ago, Colorado voters concerned about the health and safety of their families approved an initiative to repeal alcohol prohibition. We hope they will once again take a stand against prohibition at the polls this November."

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