Should You Take Medical Marijuana?

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You are facing an ethical and medical dilemma. As a patient enduring chronic illness without relief through other means, you are considering the use of medical cannabis products. But you do not want it to interfere with your job, nor do you want to be labeled a “pot head.” As a physician, your role in prescribing weed products can appear murky. Are you effectively curing the patient or counter­vailing more effective treatment?

On a federal level, marijuana is classed as a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is illegal to transport across state lines. So packing your “medicine” and traveling to another state can land you in hot water with the TSA or highway patrol.

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