Newsweek magazine is publishing a new cover story on emergency medicine at Western, a medical school in Rockingham, Massachusetts, which has a history of taking a pro-Western position on some controversial topics.
Newsweek published a story on April 20, 2016, on the medical school’s stance on medical marijuana.
“We do not believe in medical marijuana,” the school’s president, Robert D. Coughlin, said in a recent interview.
“The American Medical Association [AMA] is a non-profit organization that represents the medical profession.”
The American Medical Protective Association, an organization of doctors who have sued the AMA, said the AMA’s position is “in direct conflict with the best interests of the American people.”
In the article, Newsweek describes the American Medical Students Association as a “pro-marijuana organization.”
The article describes a meeting held by the AMA and the AMPA in November 2016.
The AMA had expressed concern that medical marijuana was potentially harmful, the article said.
AMA President Jeffery Coughlan said the meeting had been convened by the association’s board of trustees.
“They didn’t really say much about medical marijuana, other than that we support it,” he said.
“And that was that.”
Coughlyn said the board of the AMA was “very open” to discussion of medical marijuana and the AMA had discussed it with the board.
“That was one of the reasons we decided to do it,” Coughlen said.
The article notes that AMA President Donald W. Schmitz was in charge of the meeting and that AMA board members included a physician, a former surgeon general, and a physician in private practice.
Newsweek’s article on the AMA says the AMA is “a professional organization with a longstanding tradition of taking principled positions on controversial issues such as marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law.”
“The AMA does not recognize a state’s right to ban the medical use of marijuana,” it said.
Copley declined to answer questions about the AMA.
In an email, Schmitos said that AMA has “always supported the right of individuals to use cannabis in a nonlethal manner for medical purposes.”
He said AMA is opposed to the “harmful effects of cannabis” and that “there is no scientific evidence that medical cannabis use is safe.”
Schmitzes position on medical cannabis was echoed by the Medical Cannabis Board of Governors, which endorsed the AMA position in March.
In its position statement on the issue, the board said, “The medical use and regulation of marijuana in the United States remains a hotly debated issue.”
“Medical marijuana use is a matter of debate,” the statement said.
According to Newsweek, the AMA has also opposed a bill that would have made medical marijuana a controlled substance in Massachusetts, arguing that the state would be violating the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment right to free speech.
“There is no medical need for marijuana,” Schmity said at the AMA meeting in November.
“It is not a medicine.
It’s a schedule one controlled substance.”
Newsweek said the association has also supported the “progressive” stance of former Massachusetts governor and Harvard Law School professor Sheldon Whitehouse, who was appointed to the AMA board by former President Bill Clinton.
Newsweek reported in 2016 that Whitehouse was among the AMA president’s five advisors.
The publication also said the American College of Emergency Physicians, a trade association of emergency medicine physicians, had voted to reject Whitehouse’s appointment to the board, calling it “deeply disappointing.”
Newsweek also cited an article in the Boston Globe that said the president of the Massachusetts Association of Emergency Medicine, who served on the AMMA board, had spoken with Whitehouse.
Newsweek said Whitehouse told the AMA in a January 2016 meeting that he supports medical marijuana because he is an “advocates for medical marijuana.”
Newsweek did not say whether Whitehouse had expressed support for medical pot at the meeting in October 2016.
Newsweek also reported that AMA Vice President for Policy and Public Affairs James H. White said the organization would not accept any new AMA members until the AMA fully supports the AMA policy on medical pot.
Newsweek noted that the AMA currently has only two members, former University of Michigan medical student and president of its American College for Emergency Physicians James K. Anderson and former Boston University assistant professor Dr. Christopher M. Schmaltz.
Newsweek says that in a statement to Newsweek’s editors, the organization “recognizes that the medical community and the medical marijuana industry are diverse and diverse in their opinions on marijuana.”
The AMA has a number of stances that are similar to those of the medical establishment.
Newsweek quoted a recent editorial in the Harvard Medical Review, which described the AMA as “a powerful, respected, and respected organization whose mission is to protect the medical and public health interests of its members.”
The editorial, published in February, said that the American Society of Critical Care Medicine (ASCM) was a “critical component” of the organization,