Majority of MDs Believe in Therapeutic Benefits of Marijuana

A man smokes medical marijuana in special clinic
Seventy percent of U.S. physicians acknowledge some therapeutic qualities of cannabis and over half believe that the plant should be legal for non-medical purposes, according to survey data released this week by WebMD/Medscape.

Sixty-nine percent of the MD respondents said that cannabis can help in the treatment of specific diseases and 67 percent said that the plant should be available as a legal therapeutic option for patients.

Oncologists and hematologists were most likely to express support for the use of cannabis for medical purposes, with rheumatologists least likely to say the cannabis provides therapeutic benefits.

Regarding non-medical use, 56 percent of the MDs surveyed said that they support making the plant legal nationwide for adults.

Over 1,500 physicians representing more than 12 specialty areas participated in the survey with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent.

About Douglas Slain

Doug received a JD from Stanford Law School, a MA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from DePauw University (Phi Beta Kappa). After practicing real estate and finance law at then Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, he founded four national monthly law reporting titles now owned by Thomson-Reuters. He served two consecutive terms as chairman of the American Bar Association’s General Practice section’s Professional Responsibility Committee. Slain was an ABA-appointed rule of law consultant to the Ministry of Economy for the Republic of Latvia as its secured transactions adviser. He taught briefly at Stanford Law School as an adjunct clinical law professor. Slain has been the managing partner of Private Placement Advisors since August 2009. In January 2013 he founded Outliers Network.

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