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Doctor Group Backs Marijuana Legalization Effort

California physicians are backing a proposed ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana.

The California Medical Association endorsed the measure Monday even though the groups says it does not encourage marijuana use.

"It needs to be legalized, so it can be regulated," says Molly Weedn, the group's Vice President of Communications. "Right now there’s no system of regulation. Legalizing it will give it the opportunity that physicians will be able to better study and understand some of the clinical effects."

The medical association began supporting marijuana legalization in 2011.

Proponents of the measure are currently gathering signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.