The main active ingredient in pot, THC, does have some legitimate medicinal properties. For one, it can stimulate appetite (known among pot smokers as getting the munchies), and thus help out with wasting diseases such as AIDS.
But the idea that smoked marijuana -- which has no controls on dosage, potency, or adulteration -- is "medical" is so much nonsense. It is for this reason that the AMA has come out explicitly against legalization.
And there's this: We didn't really need the AMA to tell us. When "medical" pot is available after a 30 second visit with a "healing professional" -- advertised by a fellow wearing a green pot leaf costume accosting potential customers on the sidewalk -- we all get the idea.
So the question arises: What is the best analog to the true "healing power" of "medical marijuana"?