Provider Concerns When Recommending Medical Marijuana

By Michaela Poizner (June 22, 2017, 2:15 PM EDT) -- When it comes to medical marijuana, health care providers are in an awkward — but not impossible — spot. Patient demand for the drug to treat conditions including chronic pain, nausea, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease is strong. But in many cases, the state and federal laws governing medical marijuana are in direct conflict, leaving providers who want to encourage their patients to use marijuana on shaky legal ground.

This conundrum has not prevented medical marijuana from blossoming into a multibillion-dollar nationwide industry, and thousands of providers have incorporated cannabis into their practices. Providers who want to help their patients access...

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