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California doctors’ lobbying group formally backs marijuana legalization
Sacramento Bee

California Medical Association, the influential lobbying group representing more than 40,000 members statewide, has officially thrown its support behind a proposed November ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.

The doctors’ endorsement, announced Monday, was more of a formality given that one of the measure’s proponents, Dr. Donald Lyman, helped draft its policy calling for decriminalization of the drug in 2011. The organization has long agitated for full legalization, with some doctors complaining that they’ve grown weary of being gatekeepers for healthy people seeking pot recommendations via a flawed medical marijuana system.