Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) serves as a global voice for physicians and health professionals that support cannabis legalization and science-based regulation in the United States and abroad. DFCR promotes public education, global research and advocacy to support legislative changes necessary for improved public health, social justice & consumer protections.
In 2015, fifty prominent US physicians came together to find a middle ground between the failed policy of prohibition and unfettered legalization of cannabis. We formed Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), the first national physicians’ association dedicated to the legalization and effective regulation of cannabis in the US and around the world. DFCR launched in 2016 with its Declaration of Principles, and soon after we published a Platform of Regulations.
Thanks to the active participation and support of its worldwide membership, DFCR has chosen a multifaceted approach to the realization of our Mission:
Writing: Our members publish op-eds, letters to the editor, and open letters in both medical and lay publications. Through our articles, we make the well-reasoned case for regulation as an alternative to prohibition and its little sibling — decriminalization.
Speaking: Vetted DFCR spokespeople appear in a variety of public settings, including town halls, places of worship, and conferences. We are available for media interviews and frequently appear in online, broadcast and print media.
Teaching: DFCR believes that evidence-based education is the best way to dismantle the failed prohibition of cannabis. Through the written and spoken word, DFCR educators share the science of the endocannabinoid system with physicians, trainees, and other healthcare professionals. We also teach lay audiences, from teens to adults, about the evidence-based health effects of cannabis use.
Advocating: DFCR experts have testified before the U.S. Congress and many state legislatures around the country. And through special projects, such as DFCR’s NFL campaign, we’re working to end the stigmatization of cannabis users.