AMA Code of Ethics • Opinion 1.02 - The Relation of Law and Ethics• In general, when physicians believe a law is unjust, they should work to change the law.
AMA Code of Ethics• Opinion 10.01 - Fundamental Elements of the Patient-Physician Relationship• The patient has the right to receive information from physicians and to discuss the benefits, risks, and costs of appropriate treatment alternatives.• The patient has the right to make decisions regarding the health care that is recommended by his or her physician. Accordingly, patients may accept or refuse any recommended medical treatment.
AMA Code of Ethics • Opinion 10.015 - The Patient-Physician Relationship• The practice of medicine, and its embodiment in the clinical encounter between a patient and a physician, is fundamentally a moral activity that arises from the imperative to care for patients and to alleviate suffering.
AMA Code of Ethics • Opinion 10.02 - Patient Responsibilities• The principle of patient autonomy holds that an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychological integrity should be respected and upheld. This principle also recognizes the human capacity to self-govern and choose a course of action from among different alternative options.
AMA Policy• Our AMA urges that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, and alternate delivery methods. This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product. (New HOD Policy)•