Evidence-Based Marijuana Information

CSAM Policy Statement on Cannabis (October 2015)

As physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of substance use disorders, the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) provides the voice of addiction medicine specialists on clinical issues and public policy in California. CSAM’s recommendations for cannabis policy in California support the public's health along a broad range of issues consistent with good scientific evidence and social justice. [read the statement]


Reasonable dialogue regarding marijuana use has historically proven extraordinarily difficult. Fortunately, scientific research has now uncovered a great deal about the effects of marijuana on the basic working of the brain that can form the foundation for a reasonable exchange. The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) seeks to educate the public so that each voter can make informed decisions.