AMA approves marijuana expungements from criminal records

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The American Medical Association supports continued marijuana reform in the US

A vote was recently held among members of the American Medical Association (AMA) to adopt a measure expressing support for the elimination of past cannabis registrations in states where the plant is already legal. Being able to lead a traditional life has been extremely difficult for people with past cannabis offenses, and several agencies and officials are already looking to greenlight initiatives such as these in order to create social equity and provide new opportunities.

Maintaining an opposing policy and approach to legalization, the House of Delegates of this organization also passed separate resolutions addressing the “over-medicalization” of marijuana, while criticizing the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD)-based products. A fourth resolution was intended to call for the allocation of federal resources to address “cannabis dependence,” but that was dropped during the vote.

“Fundamental fairness and equity principles argue that individuals with an arrest or conviction for cannabis-related offenses that occurred before legalization that would make such action legal should not suffer further legal or public health adverse effects,” the expungements report adopted by the group says. The AMA made several efforts to overturn a voter-approved Mississippi cannabis reform initiative.

However, there are several contrasts in its position. It had previously published research showing that legalization does not lead to increased use by young people.

The AMA made clear that arrests for marijuana possession have been shown to negatively impact opportunities such as finding employment, housing, and obtaining student loans. As a result, they can lead to general and multifactorial individual health consequences. Therefore, members have decided to vote in favor of expunging, and sealing past convictions related to an arrest or conviction for a cannabis offense.