According to the scientific and medical communities, smoked marijuana is not medicine. See the positions of the nation’s top medical associations here.

The Institute of Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Medical Association, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Glaucoma Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology all agree that smoked marijuana as medicine, administered by various states, is unacceptable.

Smoked, crude marijuana cigarettes, even though approved by the voters of California in 1996 for medicinal purposes for the chronically ill, have never passed the safety and efficacy requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a medicine, and are known to be highly toxic, impure and harmful.

The raw marijuana plant, which contains nearly 500 different chemical compounds, has not met the safety and efficacy standards of this process.