Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

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Doctors for Cannabis Regulation
FormationSeptember 30, 2015; 7 years ago (2015-09-30)
PurposePublic education, legalization, and regulation of cannabis.
HeadquartersWashington, DC
Region served

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as a global voice for physicians and health professionals who support cannabis legalization and science-based regulation in the United States and abroad. DFCR promotes public education, global research, and advocacy to support legislative changes necessary for improved public health, social justice & consumer protections.[1] DFCR was founded on September 30, 2015, by David L. Nathan.[2]

Board members and experts work to change cannabis policy through public testimony, lectures, op-eds, media appearances, research, and support for legislation individually and as part of larger coalitions.[3] Testimony has been given to legislators in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and the United States House of Representatives.[4][5][6] DFCR's first major coverage came in April 2016 by The Washington Post where it made a notable break from other medical professional organizations by endorsing the legalization of cannabis for adult consumption, arguing that prohibition does far more harm to the public than good.[7] On July 10, 2019, David L. Nathan testified before a subcommittee of the United States House Judiciary Committee in support of cannabis legalization.[8][9]

In 2017 David L. Nathan and DFCR honorary board members, former Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's director H. Westley Clark and former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, co-published the first op-ed supportive of cannabis legalization in the American Journal of Public Health titled "The Physicians' Case for Marijuana Legalization."[10][11]

As part of its initiative to change cannabis policy in the National Football League, DFCR working in conjunction with former NFL running back Mike James filed the first therapeutic use exemption with the league in May 2018, though it was ultimately denied.[12] In April 2020 the NFL changed its policy regarding cannabis after signing a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Football League Players Association, decreasing but not eliminating penalties for players.[13]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state's Department of Health in 2018 to "conduct a study in consultation with other state agencies to review, including but not limited to, the health, criminal justice and economic impacts of a regulated marijuana program in the state of New York, including the implications for the state of New York resulting from marijuana legalization in surrounding states." The resulting commission report cited DFCR's Declaration of Principles and found that regulating cannabis "reduces risks and improves quality control and consumer protection."[14][15][16]

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  1. ^ "Home". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  2. ^ "Doctors for Cannabis Regulation Certificate of Incorporation" (PDF). Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  3. ^ Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media For NJ. com (2020-10-02). "More groups voice support — and opposition — to the legal weed ballot question". nj. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  4. ^ "DFCR Member Testimony (selected)". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  5. ^ "Op-Eds / Letters (selected)". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  6. ^ "In the Media (selected)". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  7. ^ "More and more doctors want to make marijuana legal". The Washington Post. 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  8. ^ "Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform | U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  9. ^ "DFCR Founder David L. Nathan testifies at the first U.S. Congressional Committee Hearing on Cannabis Legalization". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. 2019-07-10. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  10. ^ Nathan, David L.; Clark, H. Westley; Elders, Joycelyn (2017-10-11). "The Physicians' Case for Marijuana Legalization". American Journal of Public Health. 107 (11): 1746–1747. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.304052. ISSN 0090-0036. PMC 5637675. PMID 29019777.
  11. ^ "The Physicians' Case for Cannabis Legalization". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  12. ^ Maese, Rick. "An NFL running back says he needs one thing to continue his football career: Weed". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  13. ^ Belson, Ken (2020-04-16). "N.F.L. Bows to Marijuana's New Status". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  14. ^ "Regulated Marijuana". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  15. ^ "Assessment of the Potential Impact of Regulated Marijuana in New York State" (PDF). New York Department of Health. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  16. ^ "Declaration of Principles (Published on April 18, 2016)". Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Retrieved 2020-10-08.

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