About DFCR and Its Mission

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) serves as a voice for physicians who believe that cannabis prohibition has failed and that the misuse of cannabis should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one. DFCR’s physician members strive neither to minimize nor to exaggerate scientific literature about the risks and benefits of cannabis use. DFCR promotes evidence-based strategies to prevent recreational marijuana use by minors and misuse by adults. Through education of physicians and the public, DFCR supports the legalization and effective regulation of cannabis in the United States and around the world.

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for the legalization, taxation and—above all—the effective regulation of marijuana in the United States. DFCR consists of American physicians who share three fundamental beliefs:

  1. The war on marijuana has failed.
  2. The misuse of marijuana should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one.
  3. The only rational approach to the cannabis trade is for the Government to regulate and tax it, directing significant revenues to evidence-based drug education and treatment.

Marijuana prohibition began in the 1930s based on bad science and scare tactics that claimed it was highly addictive, made users violent, and was fatal in overdose. The medical community now agrees that none of those assertions are true. Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana itself doesn’t make users violent, and there are no documented cases of marijuana overdose. In short, cannabis never should have been illegal for consenting adults in the first place. Evidence shows that cannabis can adversely affect the brain development of children and teens, and it is unsafe for a small number of adult users who are predisposed to psychiatric disorders.  But there is also convincing evidence that occasional use of cannabis causes no problems for the great majority of adults. And alcohol and tobacco pose a far greater threat to public health than marijuana. Since outlawing adult use of non-lethal drugs is expensive, impractical and unnecessary, thoughtful doctors understand that you don’t have to be pro-marijuana to be against its prohibition.

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