According to a recent WebMD survey a majority of doctors want the right to prescribe marijuana. Earlier this year 1,544 doctors were polled regarding their thoughts on marijuana. In both legal and non-legal states, the results were the same – marijuana has promise medicinally and the plant should be legal.
The survey revealed strong support for marijuana to be added to the general pharmacopeia:
- 69% of doctors say marijuana is indeed effective treatment for certain conditions
- 67% say the plant should be a medical option for patients
- 56% support making marijuana legal nationwide
- 50% of doctors in states where marijuana is NOT legal say it should be legal
Responses varied by specialty:
- 82% of oncologists and hematologists saw medicinal benefits to the plant and should be a medical option
- 70% of neurologists reported the having patients asked if marijuana is useful.
Today people suffering from various types of ailments report finding greater relief from marijuana compared to prescribed legal pharmaceuticals. Some of these conditions include depression, nausea, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, PTSD, glaucoma and anxiety. While reports of successfully treating or finding relief from these conditions are still considered anecdotal, a few thousand stories makes the plants benefits a reality.
Even though the plant is categorized as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value and high potential for abuse, multiple decades of anecdotes from patients praising its efficacy and minimal side effects has doctors calling for the DEA to make the plant available for research.
“The medical community is clearly saying they support using marijuana as a potential treatment option for any number of medical problems… But health professionals are still unclear as to what the long-term effects may be. The findings would indicate a strong desire to have the DEA ease the restrictions on research so that additional studies can be done to conclusively show where medical marijuana can help and where it might not,” says WebMD Chief Medical Editor Michael W. Smith, MD.
Currently the only place in the United States where marijuana is grown legally is at the University of Mississippi campus, under the supervision of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. The purpose of the farm is to study the negative effects of marijuana only.
Today there are 21 states with legal access to medical marijuana plus Washington DC. North Carolina has attempted to pass three bills legalizing medical cannabis over the past 5 years. The statewide polls show the public is ready for doctors to have the right to prescribe marijuana as medicine. Now it’s up to the legislators in Raleigh to pass the laws that the voters and doctors are ready for.
April 15, 2014
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” ~Mahatma Gandhi