Mass. Medical Society Opposes Measures On Pot And Assisted Suicide

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This just in from the Massachusetts Medical Society:

The Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide professional association of physicians with more than 24,000 members, today officially declared its opposition to the November ballot questions on physician-assisted suicide and medical marijuana.

“These are important health care questions for the state,” said Richard Aghababian, M.D., the Society’s president, “and patients deserve to know what we think and where we stand on these issues.”

Dr. Aghababian said the Society’s positions on Question 2, Prescribing Medication to End Life, and on Question 3, Medical Use of Marijuana, are consistent with the organization’s long-standing policies against physician-assisted suicide and the use of marijuana as medicine, as voted by member physicians of the organization’s House of Delegates.

He said the Society has prepared printed and online materials on both questions stating the reasons behind its opposition and is making those materials available to physicians and patients.

The society has posted its materials on suicide here and on marijuana here. And I see they’re using the hashtag #question2 on Twitter.

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  • BirdLives

    The Doctors are probably conservative Republicans. I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (for 4 years now), Hepatitis C, I just had a double by pass and I have Gleason 7 Prostate Cancer that is not curable. A puff or two and I am able to relieve some of the symptoms of the diseases that I suffer from. The doctors are protecting the idea that the Government should have the final say as to what you can and cannot do with your body.
    That is the way of totalitarian thinkers. My body belongs to me and if you do not wish to participate that is your choice. Do not make your lack of intelligence and narrow minded conclusions affect my life.

  • CircusMcGurkus

    Once again, doctors substituting their opinions and preferences despite the wants and needs of their patients. Why are we so reliant on a group of people who want so little to help those in need that they would deny – and actually take a political position on – patient decisions for their own welfare whether it be to deal with the effects of an illness or to end an ebbing life with dignity?

    We realize that doctors cannot get paid kickbacks for medical marijuana and they cannot bill for services to the deceased, but their patients’ wishes should still come first. There are reasons to oppose these measures from religious and law enforcement perspectives as well as other positions that have merit and depth regardless of where anyone falls out on the ballot questions. But, doctors? Their duty is to their patients – these positions are medically indefensible.