Patient Access to Therapy Impaired by Outdated Practice and Regulations

An article in what is self-described as “world’s largest cannabis information community” argues for a better informed prescribing community in the matter of medical marijuana for chronic pain. The opinion piece relates that even in states such as Washington that have legalized marijuana, recreational stores are prohibited from marketing the product medicinally, and medical dispensaries require a physician’s authorization.

The author additionally spotlights the dilemma of students at universities in Massachusetts, who are prohibited from bringing prescribed cannabis onto campus despite that state’s legalization of the therapy. The colleges argue that they are adhering to federal regulations and are concerned about losing federal funding, including student financial aid, if they violate these regulations. Read the complete article, with some interesting reader posts, here.


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