9 of 10 Docs Unprepared to Prescribe Marijuana
Although it's becoming more commonplace, medical marijuana is rarely discussed in U.S. medical schools, a new study shows.
"Physicians in training need to know the benefits and drawbacks associated with medical marijuana so they know when or if, and to whom, to prescribe the drug," she explained in a school news release.
Marijuana is now legal -- at least for medical purposes -- in more than half the states in the country, the researchers said.
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Ohio: College to Test Medical Marijuana
It has been a year and counting since Ohio passed its medical marijuana law in June 2016, and nobody has yet received any cannabis under the program. The logjam is due to the failure of the state to issue licenses to any cultivators, processors, dispensaries or testing labs.
Finally, the first sign of progress is reported as a college has come forward to offer cannabis testing services.”
The problem is that the law stipulates a one-year moratorium on commercial laboratories being licensed—and the clock started ticking last September, when the program was officially launched. That leaves it up to universities. And, as Cincinnati.com puts it, “many university officials are wary of losing money from a federal government that still labels marijuana as among the most dangerous, illegal drugs.”
But on Sept. 5, Hocking College, in the southeastern Ohio town of Nelsonville, stepped up to the plate.
Texas Medical Marijuana Patients Caught in Catch-22
Texas’ medical marijuana patients are still finding themselves in a classic Catch-22 situation. The Lone Star State is the only one in the union where its medical marijuana law requires that doctors “prescribe” MMJ rather than “recommend” it—like the rest of the country.
This is obviously a problem because doctors are not permitted by law to prescribe a Schedule I substance, which sadly marijuana is, according to the DEA’s absurd system of classification.
But it’s never been easy in Texas.
When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Compassionate Use Act in 2015, the law was meant to allow neurologists and epileptologists (epilepsy experts) to prescribe low-THC, cannabis-based medicine to people with untreatable and intractable epilepsy.
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